Donations are great way to reward someone for their work. We all know a lot of folks who rely upon the generosity of their blog readers as the way to pay the upkeep costs of running their website. Then, there are people from nonprofit organizations who rely upon fund raisers.
If you are serious about getting money for your work, than you should know the importance of having an online website. And using WordPress fundraising plugin, allows you to create multiple campaigns and accept payment in different currencies. Most of the plugins also takes care of confirmation and thank you emails.
In this post, I am going to share some of the best donation plugins that will minimize your worries and collect your funds in an effective manner.
Paypal Donations has been downloaded 216,193 times, which makes it the most popular donation plugin in the WordPress directory. As the name suggests, the plugin is specifically designed for Paypal, the most recognized online money transfer service. The donation button can be added anywhere in your website including header, page, posts, sidebar and footer using a simple shortcode.
Pros: It does the job very well, you can set the minimum or default payment, currency of your choice, button style, country and language.
Cons: While this may be the most popular plugin in its category but it definitely lacks a few things. And one of them is no simple option for thanking the users but it does have an option, where you can redirect a user after completing the donation; for example, a URL on your site that displays a “Thank you for your donation”.
This is another great plugin that is worth considering. Seamless Donations has ton of useful features that a plugin of this nature might need. It shows “Thank You” message and allow the website owner to automatically send the Thank you emails to donors. If you are looking for a free plugin with a ton of useful features, than Seamless Donations is the plugin you need. It shows logs of donations and donors.
- This plugin keeps a detailed log of all the donations and donors.
- Allows you to Tribute your donors.
- Show different levels of payments for your donors to choose from.
- Allow them to make donations anonymously.
Pros: The most complete payment solution for paypal users. You can easily embed the widget anywhere on your site using a simple shortcode.
Cons: While making donation and filing the address, it assumes that you are situated in USA. This is something that might work against your site.
Custom Post Donations
Custom Post Donations is a little different than other donation plugins. This plugin allows you to make 3 different types of widgets – Standard donation, Fixed + Additional donation, and Per item + Additional donation. There are two more type of widgets, and are only available in Pro version.
To choose a donation type, head over to the CP Donation settings page and you will be shown an option to create your own widget to suit your purposes. Once, you have fill the necessary details, you will be given a shortcode. Now create a new page or post, and paste the shortcode there.
Premium version – The paid version of this plugin includes campaign donation type, multiple widgets and two languages translations. It costs $5.95, which is really a cheap price considering some of the nice features.
WordPress Goals Plugin
Donations Goals is another great plugin. This plugin allows you to create unlimited donation campaigns with goals, capture donor information and gives a donation progress for each campaign. This plugin smoothly integrates with the Paypal IPN and display a progress meter.
If you looking to collect money for a cause, than this plugin can meet your needs. The plugin also collects the donor information and confirmation email, which of course can be customized by you.
Pros: It lets you view the donor information in the WordPress backend and is completely free.
Cons: It hasn’t been updated since the WordPress version 3.0.5. Though, it does work without any errors but still, it is something worth noting while choosing the plugin.
As the name suggests, this plugin adds a custom thermometer image charting the amount of donations raised. The plugin uses a simple shortcode to display classic-style thermometers on your WordPress site for your fund-raising activities.
You can easily change the image colors through the settings page. You can also choose to display the target, amount raised, percentage raised, and the currency symbol of your choice.
Donation Content Locker
Donation Content Locker plugin allows you to hide important content on your website and display it for donors only. It works similar to how most social content locker plugins. You have to wrap the protected content with the [donationlocker] content [/donationlocker] shortocde.
And then if people want to view your content, they must donate a small amount. You can set the minimum amount for users. The best thing about this plugin is, it has five payment gateways including Paypal, AlertyPay, Payza, InterKassa, and Authorize.Net.
After successfully completing the donation, users will receive an activation link to make all locked content visible. Donation Content Locker is a perfect way to monetize and extend functionality of your website.
Pros: Allow users to pay through one of the five popular gateways including Paypal and authorize.net.
Cons: Some people may not like the idea of using donation locker plugin, as it follows the similar approach to paid membership sites.
Donation Manager Pro
Donation Manager Pro is a plugin, which handles donations on your WordPress website.You create donation campaign, place shortcode on page or blog post and you start receiving donations.
The plugin allows your visitors/readers to donate and include them into list of donators. The plugin does it in automated mode and accept payments through PayPal, Payza/AlertPay, Skrill/Moneybookers, Authorize.Net, 2Checkout, InterKassa, EgoPay and Liberty Reserve. This is only one donation plugin that supports more than 5 payment gateways.
It also comes with two templates, best view for light and dark themes.
Easy WordPress Donations
Easy WordPress Donations plugin is developed by Remi Corson. EWD makes the whole donations process easy.
It’s very simple to use and you can configure many options! The main idea with this plugin is to easily and quickly set up a system that enables donations on your website: with just two shortcodes, you can start receiving money via PayPal. It also has a recurring payment option.
It also has a notification addon, which will send you a notification on your android or iOS smartphone each time you receive a new donation.
Donate & Download
This is the last addition to the list of donation WordPress plugins. This plugin allows you to distribute files through payments. Your readers can decide how much to pay and what payment gateway to use, but you can always set the minimum limit of their payments or even set fixed amount for each file separately.
Users can pay through various payment gateways such as – PayPal, Payza/Alertpay, Skrill/Moneybookers, Authorize.Net, InterKassa, EgoPay, Liberty Reserve, Credit/Debit Cards (via Stripe), and Bitcoins (via BitPay),
Once payment completed, the plugin automatically sends temporary encrypted download link to donor’s e-mail address. It won’t be wrong to say that it uses the pay to download approach.
Over to You
Now that I have completed my list of best unique donation solutions, it is time to select the right plugin for your website. If you are looking for a free solution, than Paypal Donations would be the best choice. But if you are looking for a more advanced version with different payment gateways, then you might want to take a look at the commercial Easy WordPress Donations plugin.
Which is your favorite donation plugin? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.