8 Ways To Collect Donations On Your WordPress Blog

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Whether you’re a non-profit, charity, NGO, club, or other organization that needs to raise money, you need to be able to accept, collect, and manage donations on your WordPress website, and plugins are the way to do so.

With that in mind, here is a list of eight WordPress plugins you can use to accept donations and manage donors.

8 Plugins to Accept and Collect Donations on WordPress

1. Give WP

GiveWP is a free WordPress donation plugin that includes professional, beautiful donation forms, robust reporting features, and full donor management out of the box. It also gives you the ability to choose from donation form templates and add goals to your donation forms to motivate new donations. If you need additional features, paid add-ons are available for things like peer-to-peer fundraising, accepting recurring donations, text-to-give, providing annual tax receipts, supporting multiple payment gateways, Google Analytics tracking, and much more. What’s even better is that this plugin delivers amazing value while keeping costs low for fundraisers.

2. WooCommerce Donation

If you use WooCommerce already, or you want to sell products on your non-profit or charity website like t-shirts, mugs, or hats, the WooCommerce Donation Plugin adds a donation as a regular WooCommerce product so a visitor can add the donation to their shopping cart and pay for it. The donations plugin also gives you the ability to add a donation field directly in the cart that prompts visitors to add a donation to their checkout total. WooCommerce is compatible with over 100+ payment gateways.

3. PayPal Donations

PayPal is one of the oldest payment processors available today and with experience and longevity comes trust and reliability. The PayPal Donations WordPress plugin is a simple and easy solution that creates a donation shortcode you can add to any page or post and a widget you can add to your sidebar or footer. Because the buttons are already designed and several language translations are already built in, all you need to do to get started collecting donations via PayPal is connect your PayPal account.

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4. Charitable

The free Charitable donation WordPress plugin gives you the ability to create fundraising campaigns, customizable forms, accept payment through PayPal, manage donations, and customize emails and receipts to donors. Like GiveWP, Charitable doesn’t charge any transaction fees.

If you need additional features, paid premium add-ons are available, including recurring donations, peer-to-peer fundraising, anonymous donations, videos, crowdfunding options, additional payment gateway integrations, and even email marketing integration. But what’s really cool about this plugin is the ability to geotag your campaigns so you can display a Google Map with all of your campaigns and donation locations.

5. Donation Content Locker

Donation Content Locker is a WordPress plugin that locks your content behind a donation wall. With this donation plugin, a visitor is required to make a donation to unlock and gain access to the hidden content. It also includes the option to unlock all content on the website with a single donation or remember a donor so they don’t have to donate upon each visit.

Using this plugin is easy. All you need to do is to wrap the protected content with the provided shortcodes, connect your payment gateway, and set the donation amount. When a visitor makes the required donation, they receive a link by email that unlocks the content.

6. Donorbox

Donorbox is a third-party donation platform that also has a WordPress plugin. This donation solution is easily embedded in your website and focuses heavily on ongoing, recurring donations right out of the box. It also allows donors to manage their donation plans, supports many currencies and languages, and accepts a variety of payment types. The only downside to using Donorbox to accept donations on your WordPress site is that once you hit $1,000 in donations, it is no longer free and a monthly fee kicks in.

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7. Seamless Donations

Seamless Donations is a free WordPress donations plugin that offers paid add-ons to extend its functionality and doesn’t collect transaction fees. The free plugin allows you to collect recurring donations, send thank you messages, and track donors and donation amounts. Its best feature is that it offers support for many languages and currencies.

8. Donation Manager For WordPress

Donation Manager for WordPress is a plugin that is best known for supporting less common payment gateway options like Payza/AlertPay, Skrill/Moneybookers, InterKassa, and EgoPay, as well as the more common PayPal and Authorize.Net. The plugin allows your visitors to donate and be automatically included in a list of donors and gives you the ability to set a fundraising goal to encourage more donations and send thank you messages to donors.

Make Accepting, Collecting, and Managing Donations on Your WordPress Site Easy

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