Collecting money for a good cause is not always an easy task. But you can make it a little easier for yourself by adding a prominent Donation button on your website. While a collection box placed near any street corner may not catch the attention of passers-by, an attractive Donate Now button on your website has a better chance of being noticed by visitors. Asking for contributions and managing donors can be streamlined on a website or blog with the help of many WordPress Donation Plugins. They add attractive buttons, facilitate payment gateways and do many more things that make collecting contributions a pain free affair.
A non profit organization depends on the goodwill of donors to achieve its noble objectives. Besides, there are many blogs that function totally or partially on well meaning contributions from their readers. Quality WordPress themes and HTML templates are also available that help you build your Not For Profit website. Such a website must set out all the relevant information about the objectives and activities, fund requirements and the way it will be utilized. Beyond that, donors must find it easy to send you the money. Prominent call to action buttons, easy to fill forms and multiple secure payment gateways go a long way in helping you collect contributions on your website.
Free WordPress Donation Plugins
As always, you’ll find a number of quality plugins in the WordPress repository that help you with many functions, including donations. These plugins help you to add one or more donation buttons, work well with one or more payment gateways and redirect users to any page after a donation. They help you keep track of donations, and by and large do not take any part of it as fees or commissions.
Give is a complete solution that optimizes online giving. The good part is, it does not charge any commission for any of the donations you receive. Donors will find it easy to fill the forms, and these forms can have an entire page to themselves. Or using the shortcode generator, you can embed the forms into your theme’s sidebar as well. There are multiple presentation options to embed forms in different parts of your website.
The plugin includes all the important features such as standard PayPal payment gateway, donation history, and more. What sets it apart is that you can use the forms for reporting purposes, and export forms in CSV or PDF format by date range. Besides, you can also customize the forms. Give integrates well with a number of third party services. Developers can extend functions easily.
Give earns it’s revenues by charging for additional functionality, such as adding another payment gateway. Add-ons are available for Recurring Donations, Fee Recovery to cover the fees, PDF Receipts to issue tax deductible receipts to your donors and Stripe Gateway.More info / Download
The name tells you the function of this plugin. PayPal Donations helps you collect donations using the popular PayPal payment gateway. It adds a sidebar widget to your site. Using a shortcode, you can place a Donate button almost anywhere on your website, including the header and footer. You can choose the style of the button, the country and language, or even add a custom button. You can also pick any amount as the default payment amount or default currency.
The PayPal Donations plugin is not high on features, but it does the job that it sets out to do efficiently. After completing the payment, the donor can be redirected to any page, such as a Thank You page.More info / Download
Charitable is a plugin that gives you control over your fundraising efforts. It is both developer friendly as well as user friendly. Users can work off a friendly interface and get their fundraising campaign running in a few minutes. It is compatible with most standard WordPress themes and plugins. You can set up as many fundraising campaigns as you want and customize them to suit your needs. You can indicate the amounts that are accepted as donations or leave it to the donors to choose the amount, or offer both options as well. By displaying the goal for collection and the date by which you need the money, you can convert the campaign into a time – sensitive one.
Charitable does not charge any fees on transactions and there are no hidden charges either. The plugin supports standard PayPal payments, but for additional payment gateways such as Stripe or Authorize.net, you’ll have to purchase add-ons. Peer-to-Peer fundraising is possible using the Charitable Ambassadors Extension, which adds a frontend campaign submission form. Any visitor can use these forms to create a fundraising campaign for you or for their own cause. Thus you can also allow your users to start crowdfunding for any cause. Other extensions support Recurring Donations, Avatars, Anonymous Donations and Newsletter Connect.More info / Download
Seamless Donations is yet another competent solution for collecting payments with PayPal. It allows you to place a widget anywhere on your site as well as thank donors for making a donation. It supports recurring donations and anonymous donations, features that are not normally available for free in comparable plugins.
To help you keep track of important contributors, the plugin uses standard WordPress post types for donors, donations and funds. You can invite users to sign up for your newsletter, and team up with captchas to cut down on spam. The plugin supports many currencies, is translation ready and is developer friendly. A few premium add-ons are also available.More info / Download
Within a few minutes of installing PayPal Donation, users will be able to collect money from donors all over the world. The plugin inserts a Donate button using a shortcode and includes a donation widget as well. Donors can also contribute by using their credit cards. You can view the donations in your WordPress Admin area. You can add any number of buttons, and multiple buttons in a single page or post. Seven button styles are available, but you can also upload your own custom button. It supports the 18 languages and 24 currencies offered by PayPal, and each button can have its own language and currency. The button can also display an image.
PayPal Donation is a simple plugin that guides users to sign up for a PayPal account. It also helps you set up a PayPal Sandbox which you can use to test out payments before going live. From a dropdown, it’s possible to set specific level of donation as well as specify how the PayPal window opens. The plugin works fine with most standard WordPress themes.
A Pro Version for recurring donations and for a higher number of dropdown menu options is also on offer.More info / Download
Donation Thermometer is a super simple plugin that accomplishes perfectly what it sets out to do. It adds a thermometer image that reflects the contributions your site is receiving. It’s not really heavy on features, though you can completely customize the image.
A shortcode helps to specify the dimensions of the image and display it anywhere on your site. Alongside the image, you can also display the target you’re aiming for and the progress you’ve made so far. The running total of contributions can also display in the sidebar or footer area. You can choose the currency and edit all fields using a dashboard widget as well.More info / Download
Custom Post Donations
Custom Post Donations works a little differently, it helps you create PayPal Donation forms which you can then insert into your pages and posts. While the standard donation form carries a single editable donation field, a second form allows you to collect a fixed amount plus a variable contribution. A third form allows for collecting a fixed amount per item, plus a variable amount. Two additional forms are available (complies with the Federal Election Commission requirements) with the premium version of the plugin. The pro version supports multiple currencies, plus two additional languages.
To choose a form, visit the plugin settings page and fill in the options. Then insert the shortcode that is generated on a new page or post to create the form.More info / Download
Donorbox is a feature rich plugin that allows you to collect donations on a recurring basis. Besides, you can design the donor forms to collect the information you need. The form builder that comes with the plugin allows donors to designate donations and dedicate them in honor of any person. You’ll need to sign up on Donorbox for an account and you can collect up to $1000 every month, without parting with any of it as fees to Donorbox.
The plugin embeds a donation form on your site using a shortcode. It allows you to run multiple fundraising campaigns at the same time. Other helpful features include customizable receipt text, PayPal donation, Salesforce and MailChimp integration and availability in many languages.More info / Download
Premium WordPress Donation Plugins
A number of premium options are also available to add a donation function to your website. The premium plugins generally include features to display target amounts and progress bars, and support recurring payments, donors list and more.
Total Donations For WordPress
Total Donations For WordPress is a complete donation management system for your website. It integrates well with many payment gateways such as Stripe and PayPal and enables offline contribution too. Moreover, it streamlines both frontend and backend functions relating to donations on your website.
It includes many features that make it easy to collect and manage donations such as drag and drop form building, recurring and anonymous donations, and MailChimp integration. You have a choice of easy to use widgets that display recent donations, top donors and progress bar or circle. Automatic emails can be sent to donors, including offline donors. You can customize and track recurring donations and accept donations in multiple currencies. If you’ve set goals, you can update them or pause them for a while.
The forms can be customized a great deal, and you can generate, filter and export reports. Offline donations tracking keeps the progress bar current, and Thank You mails can be sent from the same or different page. You have a choice of four different giving levels, and the Ajax interface makes it easy to interact with the plugin.More info / Purchase
WordPress Goal Thermometer
WordPress Goal Thermometer adds a widget that keeps your fundraising goals always in the forefront, so your visitors can see how close you are to achieving your goal. It can be used as a standalone plugin where you’ll need to set options manually. Else, it can be used in conjunction with Ignitions Deck, a crowdfunding platform, where most of the options are set automatically.
Everything about the widget is customizable, including the colors, dimensions, amounts and positioning.More info / Purchase
Working with Donation Manager, it’s easy to create a donation campaign, generate a shortcode and insert it in a page to start receiving donations. It accepts donations from readers and includes them in a Donors list automatically. It accepts payments through many payment gateways – PayPal, Payza/AlertPay, Skrill/Moneybookers, Authorize.Net, InterKassa and EgoPay.
The plugin offers two templates for light and dark versions, and any number of shortcodes to help you run multiple campaigns. Moreover, it’s easy to install and Ajax enabled, so readers can fill out forms without refreshing the page.More info / Purchase
Donation Content Locker
If you wish to hide some content from readers and display it only to donors, Donation Content Locker is the plugin to use. You can do this easily by wrapping the content to hide with shortcodes. Only if readers makes a donation, will they be able to access that content.
Many payment gateways are available to receive donations – PayPal, Payza/AlertPay, InterKassa, Authorize.Net. Once donors make a payment, they receive an activation link which they can use to unlock the content. You can set the minimum donation limit and use Ajax enabled forms for donors. Using the visual editor, you can edit the content of the donation box. Cookies help the plugin to recognize repeat donors and you can also blacklist donors who distribute links to other readers.More info / Purchase
Cyber Fundraiser is an efficient tool for use in fundraising campaigns. It integrates well with social media to widen the reach of your campaign. It generates real time stats to help you keep track of your campaign on a per campaign basis both in monthly and tabular view. The plugin includes builtin widgets for Facebook, Twitter, project status, donors list and donation button.
A dynamic page builder helps you create any number of campaigns as well as personalized pages for fundraisers. It allows you to make space for activists to promote fundraising campaigns. The mass email feature offers many templates including templates for Thank You and Invitation letters. Many payment gateways are offered. It’s also possible to accept offline donations and receive payment through checks and bank transfers.More info / Purchase
The success of any fundraising campaign depends on a number of factors. One area where you can reduce uncertainty is the ease by which donors can make contributions. Online contribution is always possible through a combination of Forms and payment plugins. But for a website for which fundraising is the main or important activity, it may be wiser to go with a donation plugin to achieve the overall objective of the campaign more efficiently.
If you’re happy using any quality plugin that’s not on this list, let us know in the Comments section.