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Taking payments without using a gateway

Some features will be enabled with our 4 April 2020 release

Every donation page requires a Gateway via the page’s admin settings. Gateways process the payment that the supporter submits, and tell us whether it was successful or not. 

However, there may be times when you want to have a donation page that takes payments but only records the information for manual processing later on. Examples are:

  1. Offering a “Pay by invoice” payment type along with other payment card options
  2. Storing cash or check donations taken at events
  3. Taking Direct Debit payments without using a dedicated gateway, for download and processing later

Using the Payment type to bypass the gateway

The Payment Type field is usually used to denote the card type, for example “Visa”. The values depend on the gateway used, and are passed to the gateway for processing. 

If the Payment Type is set to CASH or CHECK, then the gateway is bypassed. This means the payment is stored without debiting any money from the supporter’s account. 

For single payments, the campaign type will be FCA for cash or FCH for check. 

Software update 4 April 2020: If the page is submitted with the tagged Recurring Payment field’s value of Y, then instead of FCA or FCH, an unmanaged recurring payment campaign type is stored (FUR). In this way direct debit information can be taken, without using a dedicated gateway. This can be useful if you do not wish to use RSM or Paysafe in the UK. Note: The Start Date is stored in Campaign Data 24. 


By using a Select input type, you can “hide” the value of CASH or CHECK from the supporter. For example, you could have a list of payment types of Visa, Mastercard, Pay by invoice. The last one’s value would be CASH, so that the data is stored without talking to the gateway. 


Updated on March 19, 2020

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