How to Make A PayPal Donate Link

How to Make a PayPal Donate Link

Gnosis Media Group

In a previous post, we talked about how to get donations on PayPal. Although our service is compatible with virtually any mobile payment checkout service, the majority of our customers use PayPal. This blog post will show you an easy way to create a PayPal donate link that doesn't require you to log into PayPal and create a button or paste any scripts on your website. 

PayPal Donate Link Components

Take a look at this link:


Click the button below to copy the URL to your clipboard so that you can easily edit it to suit your needs.

This PayPal donation link is for one of our recent customers, the Hinton Rural Life Center. To customize this donation link for your nonprofit, all you have to do is change the "&business=" and "&item_name=" parameters to your nonprofit's details.


That's it. That's all you have to do. Now, when a donor visits this PayPal donation link, they will see your nonprofit's PayPal checkout experience, as illustrated above.

Building Your PayPal Donate Link

To build the same link for your nonprofit, keep everything the same in the above URL, except change your PayPal email adress (the email address after “&business=”). Then, change “&item_name=" to add a value of your choice. For example, if your nonprofit's PayPal email is "[email protected]," you might change the parameters to


Be sure you include the "+" signs in the "item_name" value. Plus signs are encoded spaces and if you don't include them sometimes the link will not work properly. You may include whatever language you like in the "Purpose" field (the item_name= variable).

This will work for any nonprofit, as long as you use the email address that you use to log into PayPal. When a prospective donor clicks "Donate with Paypal" or "Donate with Card," she enters your checkout and funds go directly into your PayPal account.

Building a PayPal donation link this way doesn't require any special scripts. You don't even need to log into PayPal to set up website button. 

Our Text to Donate Service

If you sign up for our service, we do all this work for you when we activate your keyword and short code. We will create your PayPal donation link and build your mobile-friendly checkout experience on PayPal for you. Place your order now and start getting donations by text today!

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