If you want to accept donations through your WordPress website, then the free GiveWP plugin provides an easy way to do so with no up front costs.
One of the biggest benefits of using GiveWP, as opposed to integrating with a third party service, is that you own all of your donor and donation data. The free version of supports PayPal, Stripe, and offline donations, giving your visitors a good range of options for how they can give to your fundraiser or organization.
GiveWP is very easy to use. Both the back end admin pages, and the forms the plugin generates are professionally designed and rendered. The intuitive form creation experience lets users create campaigns quickly and easily.
GiveWP is a very flexible plugin and the settings allow you to choose whether to only allow your visitors to donate a fixed amount, or enter a sum of their choosing. You can create multi-level donations, set campaign goals, support several payment methods, and every donation provides a tax-deductible donation confirmation receipt page to encourage more generosity from your supporters.
Forms can be inserted into your posts and pages using a shortcode, Gutenberg Block, displayed as a widget, or published on a stand-alone landing page. The GiveWP demos page makes it easy to see just what this WordPress donation plugin can do and what it will look like on your website.
For those who want to level up their donation forms or enhance their fundraising efforts, there are a number of premium add-ons available. These include support for additional payment gateways, email marketing integrations, recurring donations, fee recovery, custom form fields, and many more.
HOW TO ACCEPT DONATIONS WITH THE GIVEWP PLUGIN
Because GiveWP is free to use, it can be installed on your site directly from the WordPress plugin directory.
To do so, log into your site’s admin area (http://yoursite.com/wp-login.php) and then navigate to Plugins > Add New using the sidebar menu.
From the Add Plugins screen, enter ‘Give’ in the search field, and then install the first item listed in the results.
Once the plugin has been installed and activated, you can start using it from the newly added Donations sidebar menu item.
The plugin features a handy getting started guide that walks you through the four main steps of adding the ability to accept donations to your WordPress website.
However, the process simply involves setting the donation amounts, customizing the form appearance, and then inserting the form into your posts or pages, or displaying it as a widget in the sidebar of your website.
Through the plugin settings pages, you can: select your default currency; which payment gateways to enable and how they should be configured; and personalize the donation email receipt template.
Lastly, since this plugin was launched in 2015, the development has continued at a steady and rapid pace. It’s well built and is constantly getting new features and improvements. Additionally, their support team gets accolades from the WordPress community over and over again. You can see their over 300 5-star reviews just for a few samples. GiveWP is built well and supported with excellence.
GiveWP is an easy to use donations plugin for WordPress. Furthermore, the plugin is well-supported and documented, with lots of information available for developers who want to customize the functionality of this tool.
If you have any questions about the GiveWP donation plugin, or working with WordPress in general, please leave a comment below.