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Accept Donations Quickly: Getting Nonprofit Organizations Started with PayPal during COVID-19

April 3, 2020

COVID-19 has left vulnerable populations at risk around the world, with donors and organizations rallying to support people in need. Nonprofit organizations, 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 organization looking to start fundraising online amidst the coronavirus pandemic, PayPal can help. 75 percent of donors said they would donate again if PayPal was an option1 and 79% of donors feel confident using PayPal on unfamiliar websites2.  With a network of 300+ million PayPal users in 200+ markets, we’ll help you connect with your communities and even more donors.

PayPal offers discounted transaction rates for confirmed 501(c)(3) charities for most products (2.2% + $0.30 per transaction) with no monthly fees. We also offer our normal low rates for all other nonprofit organizations, along with no extra fees for setup, statements, withdrawals, or cancellation.

How to set up a nonprofit account

Step 1: Register

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

If you are a 501(c)(3), learn how to become a PayPal confirmed charity to receive the discounted rate. 

Step 2: Find the right online fundraising solutions for your organization, 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 an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) public charity that uses PayPal technology and financial support to fundraise for causes. Click here to learn more and enroll today.

Take your fundraising to the next level:

Check out these helpful resources to get the most out of your digital fundraising solutions. And be sure to follow @PayPalNonprofit on Twitter for helpful tips and news in the nonprofit world from PayPal.

1 Study of 3,865 consumers in the US and Canada who made a payment to a nonprofit, Northstar Research, Oct. 2018
2 Study of 2,273 consumers who made a payment to a nonprofit in the US, Northstar Research, Oct. 2018


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