Blackbaud charges an interconnect fee to clients using a third-party payment processor in their Blackbaud applications. This fee covers Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance expenses related to maintaining and enhancing our Blackbaud Payment Service™ (BBPS), the Blackbaud Vault, which securely stores your donors’ credit card data. Blackbaud Payment Service also makes it possible for your nonprofit to easily switch payment gateways and processors without an expensive, risky, and time-consuming data migration.
All organizations that have created a Blackbaud Payment Service account and use an approved third-party provider to process credit card transactions through their Blackbaud software have agreed to the Blackbaud Payment Services terms and conditions.
Blackbaud’s interconnect fee covers expenses that are beyond our control, including the rising cost of:
Data Breach Protection
Payment Gateway Maintenance and Support
If your organization uses Blackbaud Merchant Services™ to process payments in our Blackbaud applications, you will not incur a separate interconnect fee for these transactions, as the costs are included in Blackbaud Merchant Services’ OneRATE™.