How Can I Set Up a Donation Website?

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How Can I Set Up a Donation Website?
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Where there is a will, there is a way and if you are looking to raise money for a good cause, you will need to collect donations. You can set-up a donation website to raise money for someone with cancer or another life-threatening illness, raise money for a non-profit organisation or charity event and many other honest causes. You can also set-up a donation website to raise money for a cause you believe in, such as global warming, saving the rainforests or feeding the children overseas. Setting up a donation website is easy, cost-effective and reaches a far greater amount of people than through other vehicles.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Credit card

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  1. 1

    Set-up a PayPal merchant account at You will have to enter your credit card information and a current account information for validation.

  2. 2

    Set-up a website with, or These sites are free to join and set-up, but you have to have your own domain name and there is a monthly fee. You can use other site hosts if you wish, but you will have to set-up PayPal and add a "Donate Now" button separately.

  3. 3

    Set-up a "Donate Now" page on your website. Make sure you include background on your organisation and include information on where the donation money is going.

  4. 4

    Select the page you want to add the paypal checkout button to. Click the PayPal button and drag it onto the page.

  5. 5

    Select the money amount for each button. Make sure to include a smaller range like £1.30 to £3 and a larger range for people who want to donate higher amounts. Also include a note with an e-mail address for people to reach you if they want to donate a higher or lower amount directly into your paypal account. Also include an address or P.O. Box for them to send a check as they wish.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are setting up a non-profit organisation, you might be eligible for tax exempt status under IRC section 501(c) (See Resource 3).
  • Keep all records of transactions throughout the year. You will need these when you file taxes.
  • Update your site often to keep it high in Google's rankings and is on one of the first few pages having to do with its subject matter.
  • Make sure to link the donations website to your event or non-profit if you are raising money for an organisation.
  • If you are trying to raise money for someone who has suffered an illness, be sure to include pictures of that person. Make sure to add a bio and anecdotes about that person.
  • Make sure you file taxes with the IRS or face penalties.

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