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    Helping Merchants Give Back Merchant Giving Project has made social responsibility simple for your business. When you are a part of Merchant Giving Project, every time you accept a credit card you will be directly supporting an organization you feel passionate about. View All Charities

Merchant Giving Project is a social enterprise helping businesses make a positive impact through charitable giving. Merchant Giving Project donates a portion of credit card fees to a variety of non-profit organizations.

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What Our Supporters are Saying!

"I love having Merchant Giving Project process my credit card payments for our two brick and mortar toy store locations. Not only has my effective rate been reduced by an average of 1%, but my staff now have a local "go-to" guy to help with all their support needs. I was concerned that switching was going to be a difficult move, but it was really seamless and hassle-free. We are also able to benefit Reading In Motion by way of our credit card fees and that is not only an impactful thing, it's also a great marketing tool to our customers. Thanks Merchant Giving Project! "

Katherine O. McHenry | Building Blocks Toy Store

"We are so happy we made the switch to Merchant Giving Project and give a portion of our credit card sales to House of the Good Shepherd, a very worthy cause. Jeff & Doug were so easy to work with and make the process of switching seamless. We now have lower rates, feel good about giving back, and can market to customers our commitment to charity. We continually reach out to them with any questions that pop up, and they are always happy to help. "

Shira Hahn Rice | Neesh...by D.A.R.

"Partnering with Merchant Giving Project has been a huge win/win for Windy City Strength & Conditioning. In our first full month of processing through Merchant Giving Project, we saved over $500 in credit card processing fees! On top of that, we also get to support a charity, The Sierra Club Foundation, that is very near and dear to our mission and values here at Windy City. I can't recommend working with Jeff Campion and Merchant Giving Project enough!"

Justin Marcis | Windy City Strength & Conditioning

""Doug and team at Merchant Giving have the best customer service I've ever experienced when it comes to processing! In addition, they saved us a bunch of money by lowering our rates. And since we're a dog care business, we love that a portion of the money we make automatically gets donated to a dog rescue, too. I wish I started working with Merchant Giving sooner." "

Candace D'Agnolo | Dogaholics

"As the founder (and sole employee!) of a startup, I was under the impression that tackling my credit card processing was going to be one of the more unnerving challenges I faced. THANK GOODNESS I was introduced to Merchant Giving Project who quickly changed that perception. Since I have been in business, MGP has helped me breakdown my statements so I feel educated and confident with what I am paying. Their proactive, personal approach to processing is second to none and I couldn't be more proud to partner with them. "

Jamie Snydel | Simplified Superfoods

""I initially was just happy to save $500 a month on processing fees, which that alone is a great reason to switch to Merchant Giving Project. Now that we have been using them, I also see the value of being able to donate to a charity of our choice, which gives our employees another reason and value to love working, as it raises their purpose. Jeff, the owner, has been very accessible if my bookkeeper has questions. Finally, I love knowing that almost half of the other small business owners in my neighborhood (Southport Cooridor in Lakeview) are using the same company. There is something special about being connected with your local community that's hard to describe. Such a huge difference from the big bank, hidden fees, transaction garbage I was just blindly accepting for years. What a relief! Thanks Jeff!""

Dr. Heath McKinley | McKinley Family Chiropractic

"As a business owner, it's vital sometimes that you get a hold of vendors ASAP to douse any fires. The people at The Merchant Giving Project, specifically Doug Havrilla provide that type of service in spades, it could not be better. In today's world where service is lacking, these folks easily outshine them all. On top of that, a portion of the fees that we're charged by CC companies goes to a charity of our choice and you get all that while the fee we're being charged is lower than all other processors we contacted. It's a mistake to consider any other service, your search is over."

Julio Neira | Inspectrum

"Merchant Giving Project is the best! I went with Jeff for my startup business because I knew him, liked him, and trusted him. I appreciate that Merchant Giving Project gives a portion of my fees to a charity of my choice. Jeff has always been quick to respond whenever I have questions. I highly recommend giving Merchant Giving Project a chance to provide you a better rate and better service - you won't regret it!"

Dr. Tom Williams | Roots Family Chiropractic

"We've been with Merchant Giving Project for three years and we couldn't be happier. Before MGP, we were getting overcharged from a merchant processor that knew nothing about us. Now, we are getting fair rates, help when we need it, and quick processing times. Part of our service fee is donated to the charity of our choice every month! It's a no brainer for a business like ours. "

Jeff Shapiro | Spindle Fitness

"I have a lot of good things to say about Doug and Merchant giving project, so I'll try to keep this brief. They have done 3 things that every business that provides services should aim for if they want to be successful. 1, They have saved me money over my previous processing option. They also were in tune with my business needs, and did not try to up sell me the latest tech that I didn't need to get paid efficiently in my office. 2, They have offered solutions to other problems. I work with health insurance, which means I'm waiting 2-3 weeks on claims to bill my patients. They provided me with a way to get paid online via card that has reduced the time I wait for money and thus increased my cash flow. And 3, Doug is incredibly responsive. I almost always get a response to my emails in 24 hours, or a notification that he is out of the office so I'm not left waiting wondering what is going on with my requests. When I emailed him about the previous problem, not only was the reply prompt, but the solution was up in running within a few days. I don't want to make promises for them they can't keep, but I know they work hard for me and I can't imagine it's any different with other clients. I am incredibly happy with my switch to Merchant giving and recommend them to everyone who accepts cards for payment. "

Todd Peterson, DC | Axial Spine & Wellness

"Our partnership with Merchant Giving Project has benefited Imerman Angels in a number of ways. Obviously, their model makes it easy for businesses to raise money for IA, but the awareness they are creating for our organization is an added bonus. Thank you Merchant Giving Project for spreading awareness that no one should have to fight cancer alone."

Jonny Imerman | Imerman Angels

"Things we like most about Merchant Giving are the service and the giving. It’s great to be able to support an organization we believe in while paying those pesky fees. Doug has so many options, it was hard to find the one that pulled most at our heartstrings. It’s also helpful to have questions about the whole credit card fee business answered in a way that we can understand. In terms of service, Doug is our number one guy. Whenever we have a problem or a question (way more questions to date than problems) he responds immediately, mostly by stopping in and helping us out in person. We are very happy with Merchant Giving and recommend them as a provider."

Kate Prince | Flora

"As a new business owner I found that credit card processors can be one of the most deceiving people to deal with. I switched processors three times in search of rates that were reasonable and competitive without the hidden fees. Finally I found the Merchant Giving Project. At first I was reluctant to change processors as I have heard it all in terms of false promises and just plain lies. Eventually I came around and haven't regretted it one bit! I love that a portion of my fees goes to charity, but most of all I love having one point of contact for all my questions regarding any credit card processing fees. Doug, explained every question I had and even took the time to set up my machine. Because of this straight-forward approach I will be a merchant giving business for life."

Dr. Deepak Neduvelil | Skyline Smiles

"I have been using Merchant Giving Project for my office and have been saving money every month by switching to them. I am now paying a lower effective rate and saving over $100/month in processing fees. Plus, I get to donate to my charity organization of choice, Smile Tree. What a great deal!"

Dr. Bernice Teplitsky | Wrigleyville Dental

"It seems that a majority of companies today have to accept credit cards as a form of payment. This is great for the consumer. But as a business owner, we have to take on the fees associated with processing. Ever since my business started processing with Merchant Giving Project my rates have dropped significantly and we get an added bonus of donating to Streetwise. Merchant Giving Project makes it easy to donate to charity!"

Jacob Blanton | J. Blanton Plumbing

"I was thrilled to find Merchant Giving Project because it allows me to use money from the credit card processing that my company was already doing to support a cause that I am passionate about. Switching to Merchant Giving Project was a no brainer for me. My costs went down, we have a convenient and secure online portal for processing, and I get to help my favorite greyhound rescue group!"

Dr. Jason Jared | TRIFACTIVE

"House of the Good Shepherd’s involvement with Merchant Giving Project has been incredibly rewarding. Not only do we receive funds to sustain our critical services for women and children, but the awareness spread by Jeff and his team has brought us valuable connections to the small business community."

Executive Director | House of the Good Shepherd

"What sold us on Merchant Giving Project in the first place was Jeff's clear explanation of the business of credit card processing. Over the time we have been working with Merchant Giving Project, we had had few issues and tech support has been good. However, it's reassuring to have Jeff nearby and willing to come to the store if needed (as he recently did). We also like that, in a small way, we support Misericordia, which for us is a neighborhood institution. "

Ron Sebert | Becky & Me Toys

"Working with Merchant Giving Project to process all of my credit card transactions for the last four years has been a privilege. What a bonus to be able to both pay less on my credit card processing fees and donate money to a worthy charity every month. The monthly donation gives my staff and my customers a little something extra to feel good about. It should come as no surprise, in dealing with a socially-conscious firm like MGP, that they are a joy to interact with whenever I have questions or concerns. "

Jason Finn | Geek Chicago

"Merchant Giving Project has been a great resource for Heritage Bicycles. As a small business owner, it's great to know there is someone looking out for me. Not only has Merchant Giving Project allowed me to save money and donate to charity every month, they are also always available if needed. I really like that they're local and accessible. "

Mike Salvatore | Heritage Bicycles

"We wanted to find a partner in our credit card processing company, someone who would educate us about best practices, best pricing, best set-up, and build a solution around our unique set of needs. In an industry full of quick sales, it wasn't easy to find - but we surely found that partner and more in Merchant Giving Project. When we first met them through another one of their clients, they offered to come and audit our current processor. They instantly found hundreds of dollars per month, spent quality time with us helping come up with the right solution for GhFITLAB - and of course, we love that there's a strong charitable aspect and mission for MGP. But honestly, our first priority was a quality business partner that could save us money and bring us solutions. They exceeded our expectations, down to the smooth set-up and in-person training. "

Mark Grazman | GhFITLAB

"As a small business owner, having a partner such as Merchant Giving Project, is invaluable. The fact I am supporting my charity of choice is just icing on the cake."

Michael Oliver | Scooter Guy

"Jeff and his team are clearly passionate about what they do, and it shows. The level of attention I have received throughout our working relationship has been invaluable!"

Kerry Maggard | Vim & Vigor Salon

"My patients love that a portion of their payment goes to charity. And it offers me a chance to talk to them about the great things Imerman Angels is doing! Thank you thank you!"

Dr. Jeremy Bonsol | Bonsol Chiropractic

"Merchant Giving Project has made it easy for us to give back and has made credit card processing enjoyable. They have great customer service and are always available to discuss any questions we have. I would recommend MGP to companies of all sizes. The best part of MGP is we are able to support one of our favorite charities, The Anti-Cruelty Society."

Yvonne Lyngaas | Monarch & Company

"Making the switch to Merchant Giving Project was a great move for my business. I was so frustrated with my old processor. I never could make any sense of the statements and whenever I tried contacting someone in customer service, I walked away with unanswered questions. The transition to Merchant Giving was seamless. Merchant Giving Project is local and always available to answer any questions I have and they donate a portion of all my fees back to the charity of my choice, Saint Andrew. "

Sarah Bruno | Mint Julep

"Merchant Giving Project has provided me with a unique opportunity to support a local charity in a hassle-free and efficient manner. I am impressed by the responsiveness and professionalism of the team in helping set-up and maintain my shop’s credit card processing. I proudly display my Merchant Giving Project decal which helps relay to my customers that a portion of their purchases benefit an integral charity in our community."

Hadley Nixon | Hadley Emerson

"I am thrilled to be working with Merchant Giving Project. Jeff and his team standout from anyone I have met in this industry and have truly found their niche. Merchant Giving Project allows me to use money from credit card processing to donate to a charity of my choice and to support a cause that I am passionate about. Switching to Merchant Giving Project was painless and has saved me money."

Sheila Petersen | Life Elemental

"I switched this year to do my online credit card processing through the Merchant Giving Project and am very happy I did. I always enjoyed getting sales but now it feels even better knowing that a portion of my processing fees are helping my charity, a Special Wish Foundation. I make it known to my customers of the donation so they can feel great about their shopping experience as well!"

Erika Nita | Sweet Rock Jewelry

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The Anti-Cruelty Society

Founded in 1899, The Anti-Cruelty Society is Chicago’s oldest, largest, open-admission, unlimited stay humane society. They are open 365 days a year to accept any animal in need and to promote their mission of building a community of caring by helping pets and educating people.

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