Facebook Fundraiser+ Set Up

by Scott Dilley - CTO 30 Nov 1999

Getting Started

In order to support Facebook Fundraising on your website you must first be registered for Facebook's Non-profit pages and you can find out more about that at https://socialimpact.facebook.com/charitable-giving/

If you already support the ability to accept donations on your Facebook page then you are half way there, if not then you will need to signup on the above link first before you can proceed.

Verified Accounts

You must also make sure that your Facebook business account is verified. You can read more on how to get verified at https://www.facebook.com/business/help/2058515294227817?id=180505742745347

Please keep in mind that verifying your business can take up to several weeks as you will have to provide specific information to Facebook and wait for their approvals which currently is taking longer than expected due to COVID.

Installing your App

Once you are verified the next step is to associate your website's Facebook APP with your Facebook page and this is quite straight forward to do.

Step 1. Login to your Business account

Visit business.facebook.com to login to your business account and then navigate to Settings > More Business Settings then under Accounts > Apps  choose Connect an APP ID

To Find your APP ID simply login to Funraisin and go to Platform Setup > Apps Settings and you should see at the very top of the page your FB APP ID

Paste this ID into the field in Facebook.

Note: this will only work once your site is live

Once you have added your APP to your page this will send an alert to us to approve.

Step 2: Applying for Facebook Fundraiser Access

Once your Organisation has been verified and the app has been added to your Facebook page, we can log a request on your behalf to gain access to the Facebook Fundraiser API.

This currently takes between 2-4 weeks for Facebook to grant access.

Setting up your Platform

Once approved we will enable Facebook Fundraising on your platform and you will then see some additional options when setting up online events or DIY fundraising themes.

For Events navigate to Fundraising Options from the middle nav when editing your event and you will see a Facebook Fundraising tab.

Every Facebook event must have the following:

  • A name (usually the same name as your event e.g. Steptember)
  • A fundraising target
  • An end date
  • A description
  • Optionally you can add a cover image

Once these are all in place any fundraiser taking part in your event will see an option on their fundraising dashboard allowing them to optionally create a Facebook Fundraiser.

Reporting and Reconciliation

Almost immediately after donations are made within Facebook to fundraisers they will appear in Funraisin with a donation type of "facebook", we will also create a Transaction record with a payment type of "facebook" for the amount that was donated via Facebook.

The only data we get access to is the amount and to whom the donation was donated to (the fundraiser), we don't get any payment information or personal information of the donor so any reconciliation will need to be handled from within your Facebook business manager account.