How to Make A PayPal Donate Link

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. 

Building the URL

Take a look at this link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&[email protected]&lc=US&item_name=Donation+to+Fashion+Foundation+For+Our+Future+(idg4973)&no_note=0&cn=&curency_code=USD&bn=PP-DonationsBF:btn_donateCC_LG.gif:NonHosted

This link is a donate link for one of our recent customers, Fashion Foundation for Our Future. To customize this link for your nonprofit, all you have to do is change the "&business=" and "&item_name=" parameters to your nonprofit's details.

For example, if your nonprofit's PayPal email is "[email protected]," you would simply change the business and item_name parameters to

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=[email protected]&lc=US&item_name=Donation+to+YOUR+NONPROFIT+NAME&no_note=0&cn=&curency_code=USD&bn=PP-DonationsBF:btn_donateCC_LG.gif:NonHosted

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. 

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

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.

Doing it 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 shortcode. We create your link and build your mobile-friendly checkout experience on PayPal for you. Place your order now and start getting donations by text today!