Create PayPal Donation Button

The step-by-step instruction to create a PayPal donation button and start accepting online donation.

A friend asked me how to create a PayPal donation button to collect donation. I have told him the steps and I think it is good to share with you, too.

Step-by-step to create PayPal donation button

  1. Login your PayPal account, goto “Merchant Tools”. Scroll down to “PayPal Website Payments Standard“.
  2. There is a link named “Donations“. Click it to open donation button setup page.
  3. There looks many fields need to fill in… Don’t worry, you can ignore those “(optional)” field.
  4. If you want to specific a donation amount, fill in the “Donation Amount:“.
    Note: Once specified the amount, the donator cannot donate more than or less than the specified valune.
  5. Under “Choose a donation button to put on your website (optional)“, you can choose a donation button or use your own image.
  6. For “Security Settings“, I recommend to select “Yes” to encrypt your payment button. It will protect your paypal email address.
  7. Then, click the “Create Button Now” button at the bottom of the page to create your PayPal donation button.
  8. You will given a HTML code for the donation button. Copy it and paste into your website. Done.

Here is my PayPal donation button. It is real! Click it to donate USD$1 to me, credit card accepted.

PayPal Donations makes it easy for you to collect secure donations from your website. After inserting simple HTML code, you can collect your donations via secure PayPal payment pages.

My two cents

PayPal donation button make it easy to accept online donation. I have never accept any online donation before, let me know if you did. :)

For your information, Malaysian cannot withdraw PayPal money from local bank. But, we can resell it to other Malaysian(who own oversea bank account) at the reasonable exchange rate.

Update: Now you can withdraw PayPal money to debit, credit cards

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31 Responses to Create PayPal Donation Button

  1. eKlim June 20, 2005 at 1:21 am #

    Great info, thanks :)

  2. reallybites June 20, 2005 at 2:26 am #

    if we did not do step 4 ,means the person can donate as much as he/she wishes? or if we did specify an amount,means that person can donate that amount only? what if he wants to donate more?

  3. LcF June 20, 2005 at 9:10 am #

    @reallybites: the donation amount in step #4 is only a suggested amount. The donator can donate more or less than the amount you set (simply change the value at donation page).

    if you do not want to specific a donation amount, leave it blank and let donator to decide the amount. Once you specified the donation amount, the donator cannot donate more or less than it.

  4. lilian June 20, 2005 at 6:22 pm #

    Oi, RB you very the mata duitan hor? kehkehkeh

    Liew, thanks for this info. I am going to put them on my Penang Faces blog. And then, hor, I wrote to Flickr and ask them if they have such button whereby people can buy me a year subscription. Too bad, they don’t. I don’t want to look like I am begging so I thought it would be nice to have a cute button like paypal.

    Err…USD1? Wait when I do some paypal transactions, I click ok? Promise. But why only USD1?

  5. LcF June 20, 2005 at 9:23 pm #

    Opps! Sorry, I made mistake.

    Once specified donation amount, the donator CANNOT change it. If you prefer to let donator to decide how much to donate(less or more), then leave the “Donation amount” field blank.

    @Lilian: I set the donation button to donate USD1. :) Leave the “Donation Amount:” field blank when you setup the button, so that donator can decide how much to be donated.

  6. lilian June 20, 2005 at 9:31 pm #

    Installed liao! I am fast when it comes to money making. When my Google hit USD50, I will donate Paypal for Liew marriage funds. :p

  7. LcF June 20, 2005 at 9:37 pm #

    LOL~ then I should give you freedom to decide how much to donate, instead of only USD1. 😛

  8. Steve November 19, 2006 at 9:06 am #

    is there a way to make a donation link with text instead of an image?

  9. LcF November 19, 2006 at 5:52 pm #

    @Steve: yes, it can be done.

  10. REMP August 23, 2007 at 3:55 am #

    How do you do that? (change link with text instead of image)

  11. Rakesh October 1, 2007 at 2:21 am #

    Thanks i have created a button for Donation, which i will be putting on my website soon.

    Some donation will help me getting few bucks to get my server up and running. Thanks

  12. shovon October 15, 2007 at 12:53 am #

    thanks for the tip it really help me !

  13. slotvent October 20, 2007 at 1:27 am #

    Thanks for the info

  14. Jaco November 4, 2007 at 1:40 am #

    Is that still right? At the bottom you say Malaysian’s cannot withdraw money from PayPal – hasn’t that been fixed?

  15. LcF November 4, 2007 at 1:44 am #

    @Jaco: Yes, Malaysians now can withdraw money from PayPal to their debit or credit cards. Please read “Now you can withdraw PayPal money to debit, credit cards

  16. James November 11, 2007 at 5:20 am #

    Would like to do more things with my kids when I have them. Due to child support and other things its hard for me to do much when I get them and it sucks. I am accepting donations from those that are kind an understand what im going through. Again thank you

  17. Nathan December 8, 2007 at 2:20 am #

    I cannot find how to do it. Does this work on the UK Paypal?

  18. phreakaholic April 21, 2008 at 1:12 pm #

    hi, i’m still newbie here. can i put the code in free wordpress??

  19. LcF April 24, 2008 at 2:16 am #

    @phreakaholic: you mean you can try to paste the code in HTML mode.

  20. phreakaholic April 24, 2008 at 3:39 am #

    thanks. finally i use the “paypal email code” to get it works. previously, i paste the “paypal website code” on HTML mode, but nothing happen :)

  21. greg June 1, 2008 at 4:50 pm #

    Are Merchant Tools available under primary account? Or I have to upgrade it to business type. Thanks.

  22. Hamid Ali Khan June 11, 2008 at 9:10 pm #

    Thank you very much all friends

  23. Anne August 12, 2008 at 10:48 pm #

    Thanks! Such a great help for my site. :)

  24. [XtremPlaya]Sebby05 October 18, 2008 at 3:49 am #

    Thanks! Really useful information! :)

  25. InvoTech November 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm #

    Button added to InvoTechEngineers. Time to Donate :)

  26. Deimos Tel`Arin November 9, 2008 at 10:23 am #

    There are some transaction fees involved aye? >_<

    $0.00 USD – $3,000.00 USD
    3.4% + $0.30 USD
    You’ll pay $3.70 USD on a $100.00 USD transaction.

    So let’s say if someone receives $10.00 USD donations per month, $0.74 of it goes to paypal, right? 😀

    But if only received $1.00 USD donations per month, then $0.30 goes to paypal.

    Considered to be quite high transaction fees charges if you are not receiving much donations. -_-

  27. jaohn July 19, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    i just made a new forum so im new so after i make the buttun how do i put it on site?

    • liewcf July 21, 2009 at 3:23 am #

      decide where do you want to put it on your site. copy and paste the code to your website's code.

  28. wiseinvestor July 23, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    I only got three types of buttons – Buy now, add to cart and subscribe.

    Don't have the donate button under the PayPal Website Payments Standard.

    How to add in the donation button?

    • liewcf July 23, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

      try to create your paypal donation button here: Reply

  • Semidoppel September 29, 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    thanks for the info, i put it on my blog

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