Pledge It uses Stripe to collect contributions from your pledgers and donors. It is one of the five steps you'll need to complete before you launch your campaign.
To get started, log into your dashboard or create a new account if you have not done so already. Go to pledgeit.org/dashboard, and if you need to create an account, you can quickly do so with just some basic contact information.
Then, go to “Funds” from the options on the left-hand side:
Click the big green “Connect New Account” button.
Then select “This is a personal bank account, I will handle the funds,” from the two options you see here. Name your bank account and click “Connect bank account on Stripe.com.”
Some of the fields are written as though for a business. But you can fill them out with your personal information.
Under “type of business,” select "Individual." The EIN is optional, so you can skip that field. Then, enter a website or any social media account. The website information is for Stripe and doesn’t appear on your campaign. You can simply link your Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn profile. Under the business description, you can quickly describe what you’re raising money for.
Next, you’ll enter some personal information such as your name and date of birth. You can put any position for job title. Then, enter the last four digits of your social security number, and a home address. This information will only be used by Stripe if there is reason to believe that there is fraudulent activity associated with your account. In the “company name” field for the statement descriptor, you can put a name in that’s the same, or similar to your campaign name.
Then, enter a phone number and address. This information is not visible on your site, and will only be used if someone from Stripe needs to contact you.
Now, enter the routing and account number for the bank account that will be used to collect the funds, and confirm it in the field below. You can optionally add your cell for Stripe’s two-factor account authentication.
Lastly, just click to authorize access to this account. You might need to check your email to confirm your account with Stripe. But if you do, this final step will be waiting for you and you’ll then be redirected to your Pledge It account to finish completing your campaign.
That’s it! Congratulations, you just completed the most detailed step required to launch your Pledge It fundraising campaign. If there are any other actions left unchecked on the left-hand side of your dashboard, simply complete them, and you can start sharing your campaign