[UPDATED] How to Create a PayPal Donate Button

[UPDATED] How to Create a PayPal Donate Button

Gnosis Media Group

While you can create a PayPal donate link on the fly, you may also want to create a PayPal donate button. One advantage of creating a donate button is that you can embed the button on a web page or an email. PayPal shows an easily-recognizable yellow PayPal Donate button on your web page that clearly signals to prospective donors that they can click it to donate.


Follow the steps below to create your PayPal donate button

  1. Log into PayPal (https://www.paypal.com)

  2. Navigate to https://www.paypal.com/donate/buttons

  3. Now you’re at a screen that looks like this:


4. Customize your PayPal button how you like. You can choose a large button, which displays the yellow button and the accepted payment options below the button. Or, you can choose the small button, which only displays the yellow donate button. You may also customize the language of your button text.

If you prefer, you can use your own image button instead of PayPal’s. You would select “Use your own button image”, then PayPal will prompt you to upload your own image file.

5. Click “Continue”.

6. On the next screen, you have the option of including your logo on your checkout landing page. You can also include a purpose statement to tell your prospects what specific program they will be donating to. Finally, select whether you want this button to send donations to a specific program or not.


7. Click “Continue”.

8. The next screen is where you will choose the currency type and amounts your donors can give. For donation amounts, you have 3 options

  • Any amount

  • An exact amount

  • Set 3 amount options, plus any amount

“Any amount” means the amount field will be left blank, and the donor can enter any amount she wants.

“Exact amount” means the donor can only donate the specific amount you specify beforehand. For example, if you wanted donors to only be able to give $5, you would specify that amount on this screen.

“Set 3 amount options, plus any amount” means the donor will be able to choose from the preset amounts you’ve determined or she will be able to enter any other amount she wishes.


9. Choose whether you want donors to only give one-time or a recurring amount. If you select, “No”, then donors will only be able to make a one-time donation. If you select, “Yes”, donors will be able to choose either a one-time or a recurring monthly donation.


10. Click “Continue”. (You’re almost done!)

11. Now you have a few more customization options you can choose from. These include

  • Collecting additional information from your donors (such as mailing address, phone number, or letting donors send a specific message or handling instructions with their donation)

  • Redirecting donors to a specific confirmation page after successful checkout

  • Advanced HTML options for additional tracking and functionality (Optional)

These customizations are optional, so don’t worry about them if you aren’t sure you need them.

11. Now, you’re ready to embed the button onto your website. Click “Finish and get code”. Copy and paste the code to your clipboard. Then, embed the code onto the HTML of the web page where you would like the button to display.


Follow the Steps Below to Embed the Button Into Your Web Page

  1. In your HTML editor, access the HTML code for the page where you want the button to appear.

  2. Paste the code from the clipboard into the HTML page code so that the button appears where you want it.

  3. Save the changes to the HTML file and publish it to your website.

  4. Check the page in a web browser to see that the button is in the right place. Click to make sure it links to your PayPal payments page. Make a test donation, if you wish.

Although it may seem like a lot of steps, once you go through the process once or twice, it will be easy for you. You can create multiple buttons for different programs or events. And you can embed those buttons on different parts of your website. The custom settings allow you to associate a specific event or program with a particular button.

If you need to get back to your saved buttons, log in and visit this link. That will take you to where your stored buttons are. From there, you can select a previously created button, edit it, duplicate it, or delete it.

Embedding Your Donate Button in a Mailchimp Email

If you want to embed your PayPal donate button into a Mailchimp email, there are a few ways to do that. The easiest is to just add a button element to the email body. Then, customize the button to point to the PayPal donation link. You can find the link version in the same place as the HTML embed version above. Clicks the “Shareable URL” menu item and it will appear.


If you want to keep the same PayPal button image, then you would have to first upload the button image into Mailchimp. You drag the “Image” block into the email from the design view. Then place it in the email and link it to the donation link mentioned above (the “Shareable URL”). This will add the button icon to your email and when clicked it will take the user to your donation checkout page.

You can find the PayPal donate button image here.


PayPal Donate Button vs. PayPal.me Link

PayPal.me links are personalized and allow you to brand your nonprofit with a memorable URL. This makes it easier for customers to remember how to donate to you. Unlike a donate button, PayPal.me links can be used almost anywhere, including social media, in text conversations, in an email signature, for example. You could even post the link on a bulletin board or other printed material. Moreover, they’re easier to set up than a PayPal donate button, requiring fewer steps. Simply follow these steps to get your own PayPal.me link:

  1. Visit this webpage on PayPal’s site.

  2. Enter a business name or a word or a phrase that your organization identifies with, this will be your URL.

  3. Log in or create a PayPal account.

  4. Create a personalized web page for your PayPal.me account for customers or donors to see when they click your link. For example, you can add your logo to the header of your PayPal.me page.

  5. Share your link wherever you’d like. When people click on your link, it takes them directly to your organization’s PayPal donate checkout page.

  6. Collect donations and withdraw them when you’re ready!

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