Accept donations quickly: Getting charities started with PayPal

Jun 19 2020 | PayPal Editorial Team

COVID-19 has left vulnerable populations around the world at risk, with donors and organisations rallying to support people in need. Nonprofit organisations, big and small, are activating their communities to help however they can, and it’s more important now than ever that your donors have a way to give online and on mobile.
If you’re a nonprofit organisation looking to start fundraising online amidst the coronavirus pandemic, PayPal can help. Even before the pandemic, 39% had found themselves unable to donate to charity because they weren’t carrying cash – preferring newer, digital ways to donate1. The importance of embracing online donations is clear, and with a network of 300+ million PayPal users in 200+ markets, we can help you connect with your communities and even more donors.

PayPal offers discounted transaction rates for UK registered charities and nonprofit organisations for most products (1.4% +20p per transaction) with no monthly fees2. We also offer our normal rates for all other nonprofit organisations, along with no extra fees for setup, statements, withdrawals, or cancellation3.

How to set up a charity account

Step 1: Register
You'll need to sign up for a business account and register as a charity or nonprofit in order to receive donations. Register here.

If you are a UK registered charity or nonprofit organisation, learn how to become a PayPal confirmed charity to receive the discounted rate

Step 2: Find the right online fundraising solutions for your organisation, big or small. Learn more about each option here.

Step 3: When you’re ready, you can add a Donate button to your website by following these step-by-step instructions.

What is PayPal Giving Fund?

Once you’ve registered your charity with PayPal, you have the option to enroll with PayPal Giving Fund and connect with even more donors. PayPal Giving Fund is a UK Registered Charity (No. 1110538) that uses PayPal technology and financial support to fundraise for causes. Click here to learn more and enroll today.

If you need help at any point, please visit our PayPal UK Help Centre.
1PayPal UK mobile commerce research, 2018; research conducted by Censuswide on behalf of PayPal between 13.08.18 - 20.08.18. Censuswide surveyed 2000 consumers in the UK, aged 18+. Censuswide abide by and employ members of the Market Research Society which is based on the ESOMAR principles. 

2To be eligible for discounted fees, your charitable status needs to be verified by PayPal. Learn more.

3Transaction, currency conversion and other fees may apply when using PayPal. Find out more here.

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