How do I accept donations with PayPal?

This information applies to Business accounts.

Charities can use PayPal to collect donations and can receive a discounted rate.

How does PayPal confirm charities and nonprofit organizations?

To get the discounted charity rate for your organization, we need to confirm your charity account.

You can begin the confirmation process at You will need to provide information to prove that:

  • Your organization is legally registered with the appropriate regulatory body
  • You are a representative of that organization

How can my charity or nonprofit use PayPal to collect donations?

The PayPal donation button is a convenient and cost-effective solution for collecting donations online.  Follow our step-by-step guide to create a Donate button. Define the donation amounts you want to accept or create an open field for customers to fill in; no programming is required.

To receive recurring donations simply set up a Donate button and integrate it to your site. View our PayPal Developer page to see the current Donate experience.

When donors click your donate button, they complete their donation on the PayPal site. There are no monthly or set-up fees with donation button transactions. Your organization only pays processing fees when they receive a donation.

Other features:

  • Customers can choose to automatically give a monthly donation to your organization.  Both the organization and the customer can control the recurring payments in their respective profile settings if they would like to cancel or change the amount.
  • Donate button is automatically mobile optimized for easier payments on small devices.

Visit our PayPal Nonprofits site to learn about all of the tools PayPal provides to help nonprofits raise funds.