Create a Donate button

DocsLegacyLast updated: December 14th 2021, @ 11:27:59 am


Learn how to create a Donate button.

Step 1: Open PayPal Donate button page

  1. Open the PayPal Donate Button page. Visit paypal.com/donate/buttons.
  2. Sign up or log in to your PayPal Business or Premier account. You can also create a Donate button with a personal account, however, features will be limited.
  3. Select Put a button on your website.

Step 2: Choose button style

Customize how your button looks on your site and see a preview of your choices in the Button Preview pane.

  1. Choose your country.
  2. Choose your language.
  3. If you select to use the PayPal button style, choose to use either the large or small size and whether to show accepted card logos.
  4. If you select to use your own image, upload a button image. The image file must be .jpg, .png, .gif, or .bmp.
  5. Select Continue.

Step 3: Set up donation page

Customize your donation page by adding your organization’s logo and a cover image. Also choose how you want your donation page to be displayed.

  1. Your organization's name is pre-filled based on your login information.
  2. Upload your organization’s logo and a cover image. The image file must be .jpg, .png, .gif or .bmp.
  3. Optionally, enter your organization's purpose.
  4. Select between a full page or pop-up donation experience.
  5. Select Continue.

Step 4: Customize donation details

Set the currency, donation amounts, programs the donation can benefit, and other options for your donors.

  1. Select the currency in which you want to receive donations.
  2. Choose whether donors can give any amount, an exact amount, or specific preset amounts. If you select the last option, enter amounts for each of the fields. Donors will also have the option to put in their own custom amount.
  3. Choose whether to let donors make recurring monthly donations.
  4. Choose whether to give donors the option to increase their donation to help offset the cost of fees.
  5. Choose whether to let donors select specific programs for their donation. If yes, list one to ten program names.
  6. Select Continue.

Step 5 (optional): Set up payment page

You can configure the following options in this optional step:

  1. Select whether to collect donor mailing addresses. This will be shared with the transaction details.
  2. Choose whether to let donors send you optional notes with their donations.
  3. Route donors back to your site:
    • Enter a return URL to redirect donors to if they cancel the donation before completing it.
    • Enter a URL for a donor to return to after completing their donation.
  4. Add additional HTML button variables. For a list of supported options, see HTML Variables for PayPal Payments Standard.

Step 6 (optional): Use your Donate button

After creation, use your Donate button in any of these ways:

  • Insert the HTML code into your site. The Donate button will take donors to your donation page.
  • Use the shareable URL in social media, emails, and other notifications.
  • Print a QR code to use on physical materials or at events.

Step 7 (optional): Manage your Donate button

  1. Visit paypal.com/donate/buttons/manage and log in to access the manage page.

  2. Select a saved donation page from the Manage your Donation Pages section.

  3. Select one of these actions from the secondary menu:

    • Edit
    • Preview
    • Duplicate
    • Delete