Magnetic Stripe Reader FAQ

A magnetic stripe reader, also called a mag stripe reader, is a piece of hardware that can read the information encoded in a magnetic stripe on the back of a credit card.
No. A mag stripe reader is a piece of hardware that enters credit card information into a piece of software. A payment processor is an organization that receives information about a payment transaction and performs the payment, transferring funds from the payer to the payee.
A mag stripe reader helps you process credit cards quickly, save time and increase accuracy.

A computer running Sumac.

A merchant account with a payment processor supported by Sumac.

An Internet connection.

Any USB credit card magnetic stripe scanner which emulates a keyboard, and does not mask or encrypt its output.

Mag swipes are available through online stores like Amazon. You can also find them on ncix.com or newegg.ca.

When developing this feature, our developers used the IDTech Minimag 2 duo reader, available HERE.

Tip: We don’t recommend the MagTek brand readers: many of their devices need to encrypt data in a way that is specific to a particular payment processor.


Prices typically range from $40 to $80 per unit.
No, a mag stripe reader reads credit cards only.
Plug the mag stripe reader into your computer. In Sumac, when you enter a credit card payment transaction, you can click a button to tell Sumac to read from the mag stripe reader.
Scroll to Top

Premium Memberships Package

Take your program further by integrating fundraising.
Includes:

All Basic features:

  • Manage member lifecycles
  • Member & membership tracking
  • Custom membership level definition
  • Email marketing
  • Reporting
  • Communication tracking
  • Workflow management
  • Quickbooks integration
  • Cloud-based access
  • Phone & email support

All Standard features:

  • Membership registration webforms

Plus:

  • Donations & fundraising
  • Donation webforms
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Event management
  • Automatic receipting
Includes: Up to 750 contacts; Up to 5GB of storage capacity
(cloud-based); Up to 3 concurrent users
Need more contacts, storage, or users? Just ask us!

Standard Memberships Package

Membership purchases flow from your web forms, through payment processing, and into your database, so there's less effort and less errors.
Includes:

All Basic features:

  • Manage member lifecycles
  • Member & membership tracking
  • Custom membership level definition
  • Email marketing
  • Reporting
  • Communication tracking
  • Workflow management
  • Quickbooks integration
  • Cloud-based access
  • Phone & email support

Plus:

  • Membership registration webforms
Includes: Up to 750 contacts; Up to 5GB of storage capacity
(cloud-based); Up to 3 concurrent users
Need more contacts, storage, or users? Just ask us!

Premium Donations Package

Manage complex donations for planned giving and larger gifts.
What's Included

All Basic features:

  • Donor & donation tracking
  • Email marketing
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Event management
  • Receipting
  • Reporting
  • Communication tracking
  • Workflow management
  • Quickbooks integration
  • Cloud-based access
  • Phone & email support

All Standard features:

  • Donation webforms

Plus:

  • Grant Management
  • Proposals
  • Prospecting
  • Volunteer management

Includes: Up to 750 contacts; Up to 5GB of storage capacity (cloud-based); Up to 3 concurrent users

Need more contacts, storage, or users? Just ask us!

Standard Donations Package

Donations flow from your website forms, straight through payment processing, and to your database, so there's less effort and less errors.
What's Included
All Basic features:
  • Donor & donation tracking
  • Email marketing
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Event management
  • Receipting
  • Reporting
  • Communication tracking
  • Workflow management
  • Quickbooks integration
  • Cloud-based access
  • Phone & email support
Plus:
  • Donation webforms
Includes: Up to 750 contacts; Up to 5GB of storage capacity
(cloud-based); Up to 3 concurrent users
Need more contacts, storage, or users? Just ask us!

Basic Memberships Package

Manage your members and membership campaigns, engage members, and increasing revenue.
Includes:
  • Manage member lifecycles
  • Member & membership tracking
  • Custom membership level definition
  • Email marketing
  • Reporting
  • Communication tracking
  • Workflow management
  • Quickbooks integration
  • Cloud-based access
  • Phone & email support
Includes: Up to 750 contacts; Up to 5GB of storage capacity
(cloud-based); Up to 3 concurrent users
Need more contacts, storage, or users? Just ask us!

Basic Donations Package

Manage your donations and fundraising campaigns, engage donors, and increase revenue.
What's Included
  • Donor & donation tracking
  • Email marketing
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Event management
  • Receipting
  • Reporting
  • Communication tracking
  • Workflow management
  • Quickbooks integration
  • Cloud-based access
  • Phone & email support
Includes: Up to 750 contacts; Up to 5GB of storage capacity
(cloud-based); Up to 3 concurrent users
Need more contacts, storage, or users? Just ask us!

Included in the Premium Case Management Package:

All Basic features:

  • Phone & email support
  • Case management intake, screening, assessment
  • Service tracking
  • Workflows
  • Email marketing
  • Event management
  • Cloud-based access
  • Reporting

All Standard features:

  • Specialized Case Management (pre-configured for Mental Health, Hospice, Shelter)
  • Webforms

PLUS:

  • Donations
  • Pledges

Includes: Up to 750 contacts; Up to 5GB of storage capacity (cloud-based); Up to 3 concurrent users
Need more contacts, storage, or users? Just ask us!

Included in the Standard
Case Management Package:

All Basic features:

  • Phone & email support
  • Case management intake, screening, assessment
  • Service tracking
  • Workflows
  • Email marketing
  • Event management
  • Cloud-based access
  • Reporting

PLUS:

  • Specialized Case Management (pre-configured for Mental Health, Hospice, Shelter)
  • Webforms

Includes: Up to 750 contacts; Up to 5GB of storage capacity (cloud-based); Up to 3 concurrent users
Need more contacts, storage, or users? Just ask us!

Included in the Basic Case Management Package:

  • Phone & email support
  • Case management intake, screening, assessment
  • Service tracking
  • Workflows
  • Email marketing
  • Event management
  • Cloud-based access
  • Reporting

Includes: Up to 750 contacts; Up to 5GB of storage capacity (cloud-based); Up to 3 concurrent users
Need more contacts, storage, or users? Just ask us!

Wait, don't go away empty handed.

Join 50,000 other nonprofits in getting the BEST nonprofit tips, tools, and how-to guides delivered right to your inbox!

Subscribe to our newsletter: