Create a Donate button

Learn how to create a Donate button by using the Create a PayPal payment button page.

Required Open the PayPal button creation page.
Required Step 1: Choose your button style.
Required Step 2: Add organization name and logo.
Required Step 3: Set donation amounts.
Optional Step 4: Adjust optional settings.
Optional Using your button.
Optional Manage buttons.

Open the PayPal button creation page

  1. Log in to your PayPal Business or Premier account at paypal.com. Your PayPal account Summary page opens.

  2. At the top of the page, select Tools, and then All Tools.

  3. Scroll to the PayPal buttons tile and click Open.

  4. Select the type of button you want to create. The Create PayPal payment button page opens and displays the button's configuration options.

Step 1: Choose your 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 button image, enter the URL for your button image. The URL must be HTTPS and the file must be .jpg, .png, or .gif.
  5. Click Continue.

Choose how to display your organization's name and logo.

  1. Enter a URL for your logo. The URL must be HTTPS and the file must be .jpg, .png, or .gif.
  2. Your organization's name is autofilled based on your login information.
  3. Optionally, enter your organization's purpose.
  4. Choose whether to provide a list of programs or not. If yes, list one to ten program names, using the Add and Remove buttons as necessary.
  5. Click Continue.

Step 3: Set donation amounts

Set the currency of donations and donation amounts.

  1. Select the currency in which you receive donations.
  2. Choose whether donors can give any amount, an exact amount, or provide three set amounts. If you choose the last, enter amounts for all three fields. Donors will also have the option to put in their own amount.
  3. Choose whether to let donors make recurring monthly donations.
  4. Click Continue.

Step 4: Adjust optional settings

You can enable the following button options:

  • Get info from donors
    • Select to collect donor mailing addresses. This will be shared with the transaction details if the donor opts to share their information.
    • Choose whether to let donors send you optional notes with their donations.
  • 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.
  • Set account identifier to enable PayPal to link the button to your PayPal account. Choices are using a merchant account ID (recommended) or your organization's email address (autofilled based on your login information).
  • Add additional HTML button variables. For a list of supported options, see HTML Variables for PayPal Payments Standard.

To complete the donate button process, click Finish and Get Code.

Using your button

After you get the code, use your donate button in any of these ways:

  • Insert the HTML code into your site.
  • Use the shareable URL in social media, emails, and other notifications.
  • Print a QR code to use on physical materials or at events.

View/edit a button

  1. Log in to your PayPal account at paypal.com. Your PayPal account Summary page opens.
  2. Visit paypal.com/buttons to access the Create PayPal buttons page.
  3. Tap the ‘View your saved buttons’ link in the top right hand corner.
  4. Choose a button from the ‘My Saved Buttons’ page and tap the action icon on the right.
  5. Select from secondary menu to View code, Edit button, Duplicate button, or Delete button.

Manage buttons

You can edit, view code for, and delete your saved buttons. You can also use a saved button to create a similar or new button.

  1. To access the Create PayPal button page, navigate to paypal.com/buttons.
  2. If you are not already logged in, click Log in to log in.
  3. In the top right hand corner, click View your saved buttons.
  4. To the right of the button, click the down arrow next to Action and click one of these actions:
    • Edit button
    • View code
    • Create similar button
    • Delete button
    • Create new button
  5. Depending on the action you chose, type any required information to complete the action.
  6. For all actions except delete button, click Select Code. After you get the code, use your button in any of these ways:
    • Insert the HTML code into your site.
    • Use the shareable URL in social media, emails, and other notifications.
    • Print a QR code to use on physical materials or at events.
  7. For all button actions except delete button, click Go to My saved buttons.
  8. The My Saved Buttons page shows new buttons and omits deleted buttons.
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