WordPress Donation Plugins for Charity and Non-Profit Websites

Wordpess Donation Plugins
for Charity and Non-Profit Websites

Why use WordPress for your Charity or  Non-Profit Website?


This is what Hosting Tribunal said about WordPress (Jan 2019)

  • Nearly 33% of all sites in existence use WordPress
  • If you count only the CMS-built sites, then about 60% of them are WordPress
  • Over 400 million people visit WordPress sites each month
  • In 2016, nearly 118 billion words were published on WordPress


But WordPress is not only for blogging

  • nearly 28% of all e-commerce goes through WooCommerce
  • 281 new WooCommerce shops appear on average every day
  • 661 WordPress sites also pop up daily
  • In 2018, the non-English WordPress downloads were more than the English ones


Why is WordPress an ideal choice for charities and non-profit websites?

The majority of our charity and non-profit clients have a customised and responsive Worpress theme with an integrated WooCommerce eCommerce solution.
What are the key features that make WordPress an ideal platform for your charity website:


Give donation plugin includes nice donation forms, a full-featured reporting system, complete donor management and it is possible to integrate with theme or page builders. This plugin would suit most charity and non-profit website donation needs.

Here are some of the add-ons you can choose from:

  • Form field manager
  • Recurring donations
  • Multiple payment gateways
  • Fee recovery
  • Tributes
  • PDF receipts
  • Google Analytics tracking
  • Zapier
  • Manual donations

Some of the features which make this plugin so popular:

Pay for add-ons can be added depending on your requirements.
The donation form is professional with reporting and donor management, this is free.
You can have custom fields and goals on your donation forms.
The forms are  customisable.
There are no transaction fees.



Charitable Donation is a a free WordPress donation plugin that has support for geolocation, simple updates, videos, user avatars and anonymous donations. This is a  pay what you want as this is what the developers ask for, you have the option to support the plugin or have it for free.

There are premium memberships starting at $99 per year and up to $249 per year. This is still afforable considering what you get, newsletter integration, gift aids, support for Easy Digital Downloads, and premium payment gateways.

You get these features with the upper price band:

  • Crowdfunding platforms
  • Automatic crowdfunding payments
  • Recurring donations
  • Peer to peer fundraising

Charitable is certainly worth considering the videos and geolocation tools a particularly interesting  in the free version. With anonymous donation support, this makes it attractive as not everyone wants to announce their donation.

Some of the features which make this plugin so popular:

  • No transaction fees.
  • Donations based on location.
  • Connect with popular payment gateways.
  • There’s a peer-to-peer fundraising extension.
  • Online support including a ticketing system, FAQ, documentation, and a blog.



As you would expect from a well established payment system, PayPal donations has every thing you need. A lot of people use PayPal and it is the preferred payment method for many.

PayPal donations is easy to setup and use, a good choice for beginners. Suitable from small to large organisations.

Paypal donation plugin is a third party plugin so it isn’t created by PayPal. The plugin uses the PayPal payment gateway, but you shouldn’t expect customer support from PayPal.

A neat addition that PayPal Donations brings is a donation shortcode on your WordPress dashboard. This means you can insert the shortcode on any page or use the widget in a sidebar or footer.

Some of the features which make this plugin so popular:

  • The PayPal name everyone recognises.
  • It’s easy to setup and administer shortcode and widget to add to a page, sidebar, or post.



You can use Seamless Donations for free, add-ons and extensions are available to buy if required. The plugin is quick and easy to setup and connects to your PayPal account.

There are no transaction fees as Seamless Donations makes money through add-on sales.

This plugin allows recurring donations and has tools for tracking donors and donations with thank you messages included.
With a strong currency and language support, you’re ready to collect donations from around the world.

These are some of the available add-ons:

  • Anti-spam
  • Delete donations, donors, and funds
  • Giving level manager
  • Thank you messaging
  • CSV export

Some of the features which make this plugin so popular:

Many currencies and translations are supported.
Built-in recurring donations.
Comprehensive support.



If you are using WooCommerce for your online store, WooCommerce has a donation Plugin. T0 setup simply the donation is created as a product for the customer to add to the basket. Alternatively, a donation field can be added to the basket asking customers to donate on top of what they are purchasing.

This is a good option if you sell merchandise like hats, mugs, and t-shirts, including a donation request, may encourage people to be even more generous?

Some of the features which make this plugin so popular:

  • The Donation field can consist of a drop-down with predefined values or blank field to type in any amount.
  • Your online store remains the same adding the option for customers to donate on top of orders.
  • Campaign naming for better tracking.



Smart Donations has simple Donation buttons which can be placed anywhere on your site. Goals can be set with the aim to convince people to donate more.

The free version is limited but the membership plans are reasonable.

The donation buttons look good and have a widget interface to placing donation buttons in sidebars, footers, anywhere on your theme a widget allows.

Some of the features which make this plugin so popular:

  • Recurring payments are built-in.
  • Goals setting shows your campaign progress which encourages customers to help you reach the goal.
  • Forms can be created to collate more information from your contributors if required.
  • A Donation wall of Fame can be created showing top contributors.



Donorbox quickly embeds into your website and a recurring donation system.

Unfortunately, Donorbox has a transaction fee once you start collecting a larger amount. The monthly fee is not high, but as the majority of the WordPress donation plugins listed here don’t charge anything.

The recurring payment is prominent on the forms but the option for a one-off donation button is available.

Some of the features which make this plugin so popular:

  • It is free until your monthly donations increase.
  • A strong focus on recurring payments without the need to pay for an add-on.
  • Donors have full control over their recurring donation plans.
  • Supports many currencies and languages.