Integrating Classy Into Your Website

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2017 08:17PM PST

The ability to merge your fundraising solution into your existing website is as important as ever. With Classy there are several ways to integrate at any level of expertise.

A. Direct Linking
B. Pass-through URL Parameters- Intermediate Integration
C. API Calls- Advanced Integration (Pro Clients Only)
D. Tips for Success

 

A. Direct Linking

No Development necessary!  This just means, "I click this button on my site, and go to my Classy hosted donation form, ticketing page or fundraising campaign.

You can add these links to your Classy pages (as they all have a unique URL) directly to your website via a button or hyperlink that already exists on your site.

B. Pass-through URL Parameters- Intermediate Integration

Using a set of URL parameters you can build out forms on your website that will populate fields on your Classy donation forms. This of this as passing information from your website to your Classy donation form, to help the donor out and avoid entering information twice.  Some possibilities are donation amounts, monthly or one-time options, first and last name, and address information.  

The best example of pass-throughs is Generosity.org's website below. The donor selects $100, and upon clicking the "enter card information" button, is directed to a classy donation form already preselected with $100.  That's it!

For more information on pass-through parameters please go here.

C. API Calls- Advanced Integration (Pro Clients Only)

Alright, this is for organizations with a web developer on hand and looking for a more robust website integration. Many of our API calls are public, which allow you to pull data from your Classy campaigns, events and fundraisers and pass it directly into your website in real time. The API calls are a great way to showcase your organization's progress directly on your website, such as top fundraisers for a campaign.

You can review our API documentation at developers.classy.org

D. Tips for Success

How you decide to integrate Classy into your website is entirely up to you, but there are some key items that we think should always be included. Giving supporters the ability to get involved beyond writing a check or attending an event is key to the growth of any size organization. We think all nonprofit websites should include:

1. One time and Monthly Donations

2. Year-Round P2P Fundraising