How to Set up a Website to Receive Donations Online

By Tricia Ballad

Whether you want to raise money for your child's school, a political campaign, or a social cause, a website for your fundraising campaign is a good idea. You can provide compelling stories about the organization or cause you support, engage supporters all over the world and accept donations securely. Creating a website for your cause is not difficult or expensive.

Things You'll Need

  • PayPal Business or Premier account

Set Up Your Website

Step 1

Sign up for a free account at WordPress, Blogger, Weebly or another free website or blog hosting service (see links in Resources).

Step 2

Choose a template that complements your organization's look and feel. Most website and blog hosting services offer a wide selection of free templates. Some templates give you the ability to customize certain features, such as color, fonts and even the layout.

Step 3

Create a welcome page. This will be the first thing a visitor sees when they come to your website. Include information about your organization or cause and links to official contact information. Be sure to explain what the money you raise will be used for, and ask for donations.

Step 4

Proofread your new website. Make any necessary changes before you publish.

Add a Donation Button to Your Website

Step 1

Log in to your PayPal Business or Premier account.

Step 2

Click the Merchant Services tab.

Step 3

Click the link labeled "Create payment buttons for your website."

Step 4

Click the link labeled "Accept donations."

Step 5

Enter the requested information, then click the "Create" button.

Step 6

Click the "Select Code" button to highlight the code for your donation button. Copy the highlighted code.

Step 7

Return to your website dashboard. Edit your welcome page HTML. Paste the button code into the welcome page just below your request for donations. Republish or update the page.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your organization is a registered non-profit, you may be required to provide proof of your non-profit status before donated funds will be released. If you are an individual, you will be required to demonstrate how the funds will be used if you raise more than $10,000.
  • Because of the potential fraud, be weary of where you post your donate button. There have been cases where people have used someone else's card.