PayPal Donate Button: The Fast and Easy Way to Receive Online Donations

Sara Lowe January 23, 2017, by Sara Lowe

It is undeniable that as technology continues to advance, traditional payment methods are becoming increasingly out-of-date. This means that now, more than ever, your nonprofit is depending on easy-to-use online donation methods. It is crucial that your website display links to donate money by using clear and and attention-grabbing tools. One of the best ways you can do this is through donation buttons, and the PayPal donate button is a great option that you can utilize. The button is both customizable and easy to set up, and here we’ve compiled everything you need to know about using PayPal and its donate button.

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How to setup your PayPal donate button in WordPress

Setting up a donation button on your nonprofit’s website isn’t difficult and can be done in a few easy steps. Once you create your button, all you need to do is copy the code and place it on your website. Below is a video that will show you the steps for adding a PayPal donate button in WordPress.

Solutions offered by PayPal for your nonprofit

Over 500,000 nonprofits received billions of dollars through PayPal last year. The following are some of the solutions that PayPal offers that can help further increase your donations.

PayPal donate button

This is an easy way to accept online payments. One simple button allows you to accept credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal payments. You don’t even need a PayPal account to give money, which could attract new donors.

PayPal Here

This is the ideal app to fundraise in person. Whether you need to accept donations on the spot or sell fundraising items, PayPal Here is an easy way to accept credit cards, debit cards and PayPal right on your smartphone or tablet. Swipe transactions are at a low fee of 2.7%.


Send your donors your nonprofit’s personalized PayPal.Me link to allow your donors to contribute to your cause. Your nonprofit can customize this link and share it on your website or via social media channels.

PayPal Giving Fund

By enrolling in the PayPal Giving Fund, your nonprofit gains access to a plethora of donors across PayPal, eBay, and more. The program provides donation reports, issues tax receipts, and aggregates donations for monthly electronic distribution. It can also help expose your nonprofit to a network of good that can put your organization in front of millions of potential donors.

Benefits of choosing PayPal


The standard PayPal account is free, and PayPal also offers discounted transaction fees for nonprofits as well as no extra fees for setup, statements, withdrawals or cancellations. The PayPal Pro account includes all the benefits of the Standard account but also factors in a $30 monthly fee.


The PayPal donate button allows you to customize its size, remove credit card logos, or even use your own custom image instead, such as your organization’s logo. If you use your own image, it must already be hosted on its own URL.


With PayPal, you are able to access your funds quickly, with money usually showing up in your account within minutes of receiving a donation. You may then transfer it to your nonprofit’s bank account at no charge.


PayPal offers automatic fraud screening that helps protect you and your donors. It is also PCI compliant, so your donors can be assured that their credit card information will stay confidential. In addition, having a PayPal donate button doesn’t require a SSL certificate for your site.

PayPal plans

Standard Plan

PayPal’s Standard plan is free, and it offers discounted transaction rates for 501(c)(3) nonprofits of 2.2% + $0.30 per transaction and no monthly fee.

Pro Plan

PayPal’s Pro plan includes the same benefits as the Standard plan, plus a monthly fee of $30. The benefit of having the Pro plan is that your donors are able to stay on your website while they fill out their personal information instead of being redirected to the corresponding PayPal page.

Examples of nonprofits that use the PayPal Donate button

The following are some examples of websites of nonprofits that utilize the PayPal donate button:

Pencils of Promise


Charity Water




Partners in Health


Other donation tools

Of course PayPal is just one of many options out there to help grow your online donations, and here you can read about the pros and cons of PayPal as well as five other tools used for online donations. The obvious advantage of using PayPal is that it has a trusted brand and a long history of processing payments on the web.  If you have more insights to share regarding donation tools or even your own experiences with the PayPal donate button, please reach out to us at Elevation. We'd love to hear from you!

Bonus: You can also check out these three tips to ensure success for your donate button. Happy fundraising!


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Sara Lowe

Sara Lowe

Sara Lowe is the Communications and Partnerships Manager at Elevation, a full-service nonprofit web design agency. Sara began volunteering with nonprofits at an early age, including helping her hometown military community at the USO, teaching useful skills to inmates at a local jail, and traveling to Cambodia to help implement sustainable farming practices in a small village. Aside from loving to travel and learn other languages, Sara can often be found trying exotic new foods, doing Crossfit, or attending wine tastings.

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