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Adding a Donate button to your website lets you accept PayPal payments, bank transfers, e-checks, and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). You can also make it easy for your supporters to donate right from their smartphone with our one-click Mobile Express Checkout.

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Reach more people than ever.

PayPal has more than 100 million active registered accounts with approximately $3 billion in stored value, all of them potential campaign donors. If you're looking for a full suite of services for your political fundraising organization or a crowd funding app to help you reach more people, we can help.

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Setting up your account

Start accepting donations right away by creating a PayPal business account. We'll walk you through the steps, as well as how to confirm your political campaign status.

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How donating works

Once a Donate button is added to a campaign website, supporters progress through the donation process smoothly, securely, and quickly.

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Reporting and back office

PayPal offers tools that provide valuable information on every campaign contribution, including employer and occupation information. You can use this information to file your FAC reports.

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Pricing

You pay a fixed percentage and a low fee on each online donation, keeping costs and terms simple. There are no hidden charges, monthly fees, or monthly minimums. You can cancel at any time, and setup is free.

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Discounts available for large volume customers and non-profits. No hidden fees or surcharges.

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Collecting FEC required donor data with PayPal

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Online donation process

1. The donor clicks Donate.

On your campaign website, supporters decide to contribute to your cause and enter the amount they wish to donate.

2. The donor reviews donation details.

Supporters are taken to a secure payment page on PayPal's site. They can log in and pay with PayPal in as few as three clicks. To pay by credit card, they fill out the easy payment form.
Before completing the payment, supporters review a summary of key information.

3. The donor views payment confirmation.

Supporters see a donation confirmation page they can print for their records. They'll also receive a confirmation email. The political campaign gets one, too.

4. The donor returns to site.

Donors can be sent back to your site immediately after payment. You can specify where they go in your Website Preferences on the Profile tab of your PayPal account. We'll send you their contact information for future appeals.

5. Your campaign receives funds.

The campaign quickly receives funds into its PayPal account. It can then transfer these funds to its bank account at no charge (bank transfers usually take 2-3 days to clear), or spend the funds online anywhere PayPal is accepted. How do I get my money?

Advanced fraud protection

Political fundraisers trust PayPal because we take security seriously. We work behind the scenes to help keep campaigns and their supporters safer from fraud. PayPal adheres to international PCI (Payment Card Industry)* and CISP* (Cardholder Information Security Program) standards for data protection. And Automatic fraud screening** is included at no charge.


*PayPal adheres to international PCI (Payment Card Industry) and CISP (Cardholder Information Security Program) standards for data protection. These standards are designed to help protect political fundraisers from fraud and loss of data. Because we handle the payment card information, campaigns don't have to worry about securing sensitive financial information.

**Safeguard political campaign fundraising accounts with our relentless fraud screens, address (AVS) and card verification (CVV2) checks, and 128-bit encryption—all included at no extra charge.

Frequently asked questions

Q: How are the campaign funds accessed?
A: Start putting campaign donations to work right away. When a donation is complete, the money shows up in the campaign's PayPal account usually within a few minutes. Automatically transfer money to a campaign's linked bank account daily, or manually schedule transfers to move the money whenever it is convenient. The availability of funds from the campaign's bank account is then subject to bank policies.

Q: What if we have our own team of web developers and programmers?
A: Developers and programmers using the PayPal payments platform can access helpful information online and submit technical questions. Find out more at x.com.

Q: How can my political fundraising organization begin accepting PayPal for contributions?
A: It's fast and simple. First, sign up for a PayPal Business account. Select Nonprofit Organization as the business type, Nonprofit as the category, and Political as the subcategory. You will need to provide your organization's bank account information to link to your PayPal account. This allows you to transfer funds from your PayPal account to your bank account. Once you've created a PayPal account, you can easily add a Donate button to your organization's website. You can begin accepting contributions right away, but you won't be able to withdraw or transfer funds until your nonprofit status has been verified.

Q: Does PayPal offer discounts to political organizations?
A: PayPal offers discounts only to nonprofit organizations with registered 501(c)(3) status.

Q: How will my organization receive contributions and payments made with PayPal?
A: When supporters pay with credit cards, debit cards, or PayPal account balances, the funds will appear in your organization's PayPal account usually within minutes. On the Transaction Details page, you can view the donor name, amount, and donation date. Funds can remain in your organization's PayPal account or transferred to its bank account.

Q: What type of reporting is available for contributions?
A: PayPal offers online reports in a variety of formats that allow your organization to analyze its revenue sources, automate time-consuming bookkeeping tasks, and accurately settle and reconcile transactions. Your organization can also view a real-time transaction log on its PayPal account. The log displays transaction date, donor name, mailing address, email address, and donation amount (gross and net).

Q: Can my political fundraising organization use PayPal transactional data as part of its donor record?
A: PayPal is committed to the privacy of our users. Per PayPal's User Agreement, your organization cannot use transactional data as donor record.

Q: Can additional donor information required by the FEC be reported with PayPal?
A: Yes. Depending on the PayPal product used, additional information can be collected and reported, such as occupation and employer, via the Custom or Optional fields. For more information on how to enable this feature for your campaign, download the "Collecting FEC Required Donor Data with PayPal" guide at www.paypal.com/politics.

Reporting and back office

Use these tools to stay on top of every campaign contribution.

Easy-to-read reports
View a summary of campaign account activity each month.

Downloadable logs
Export transaction information to Excel or fundraising software.

Transaction search
Quickly find specific transaction records to answer donor inquiries.

Multi-user access
Offer controlled access to staff or accounting department to view the campaign's transaction history.

Collecting FEC required donor information with PayPal
The Federal Election Commission requires all Federal campaigns to use best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in an election cycle. Because PayPal’s payment forms include customizable fields that help gather useful information, PayPal helps campaigns comply with FEC requirements.

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Pricing

All our costs are out in the open. Local governments pay a fixed percentage and a low fee on each donation—no hidden charges.

  • No monthly fee
  • No monthly minimum
  • No setup charge
  • No cancellation charge

Yes, you might see lower rates published elsewhere. But keep in mind that with PayPal there are no extra costs like setup charges, monthly fees, downgrade penalties, or cancellation charges.

MONTHLY TRANSACTIONS FEE PER TRANSACTION EXAMPLES
$0.01 – $3,000.00 2.9% + $0.30 USD $3.20 fee on a $100 transaction
$3,000.01 – $10,000 2.5% + $0.30 USD* $2.80 fee on a $100 transaction
$10,000.01 – $100,000.00 2.2% + $0.30 USD* $2.50 fee on a $100 transaction
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*Rate qualification required.
When a local government’s monthly transactions exceed $3,000 and the agency has been a PayPal member for more than 90 days, it must fill out a one-time application, subject to approval.

The pricing table above applies to domestic payments in U.S. dollars. There's an additional 2.5% charge for any currency conversion and a 1% charge to receive payments from another country.