WordPress is a great platform for fundraising and collecting donations. Recently while talking to a non-profit group, we showcased the ability to collect donations in WordPress with a plugin called Donation Can that fits for all sort of fundraising. You can create a cause you are raising money for, display how much money you need, how much money you have raised, and much more. It is very simple to setup, connects with your PayPal and kaboom. You have a fundraising page setup. Doesn’t require you to be super techy, all you need to know is how to install a plugin in WordPress. In this article, we will showcase the features of Donation Can plugin as well as showing you how to properly configure it.
For those of you who are critics of donation plugins not working, we can assure you that this one does work (as long as the cause is good). Tammy Hart (@tammyhart) raised $1215 to attend WordCamp San Francisco. Check out the screenshot from her site:
This plugin also helped raised $6000 in 90 minutes on GetWellPtah.com for our dear Ptah Dunbar.
Now that you know that this thing works, here is how you can set it up.
First thing you need to is install and activate the Donation Can Plugin. Upon activation, a new menu will appear called Donation Can.
In that menu, click on General settings, so you can configure this plugin with your PayPal account and set some other important settings.
Notice in the image above, the first thing you need to is enter your PayPal email and select the currency. The thank you page can either be left to PayPal default, or you can create a personalized thank you page. We’d rather create a customized one. So create a page in your WordPress and simply select it with a drop down. Same with the cancellation page. You can possibly increase conversion if you write a custom cancelled page in WordPress.
It’s always good to have notification once payment is received. You can add that by entering emails separated by commas. PayPal charge fees and that is the worst for non-profits. You have the option to display the amount with fees subtracted, so it is more accurate. You can hide the donation can link, or leave the powered by donation can on (its totally up to you). If you are a designer, and you know what you are doing, then you can specify custom styles for the donation can widget.
Adding Causes for Donation
The way Donation Can handles donations is by creating a cause for each donation. In the navigation menu, click on the button “Add New Cause”. Simply follow the screen below, it should be pretty self-explanatory.
Often non-profits receive donations via checks. So as an administrator, you can add donations to keep the value on the website up to date. All you have to do is click Add New Donation. Then select the cause and enter the amount (along with person’s full name, email etc). This will help you keep everything on track.
You can display the donation can in your Posts, Pages, or any other widget-ready areas (such as sidebar). In the sidebar, you have the option to display: Fundraising Progress, Donation Form, and Latest Donations. To add it in posts and pages, you can see a little icon added next to Upload / Insert.
For those of you who don’t like the default styles, there is a drag drop editor that you can use to customize it. There is the option for stylesheet as well. You can also clone the existing style, and then customize it. Which is probably the best way to go about it.
Are you a non-profit using WordPress? Want to do fundraising with WordPress? Got a client who wants to collect donations using WordPress? Then Donation Can plugin is your best choice. It is free and you can download it from the WordPress Plugin repository. Download Donation Can Plugin