In addition to sending and receiving money, you can use PayPal for personal or organizational fundraising campaigns. PayPal comes with an easy-to-use feature that lets you create a donation page that you can share as a link to potential donors.
You can even create a donate button that you can easily embed on your website at the same time.
Setting up a PayPal donation page is easy and should only take a few minutes. It is explained here.
Requirements before setting up a PayPal donation page
There is one major requirement you need to meet before you can create your PayPal donation page; Signing up for a PayPal Business Account. If you already have a personal account, you can switch to a business account by going to Settings and clicking Upgrade to business account. You can choose to keep your account or convert it to a new business account.
It’s easy to set up a personal PayPal account if you don’t already have one. We recommend separating accounts to avoid mixing charitable and business transactions with personal funds.
Your donation page is now live. To access the link, go to Pay & Get Paid > PayPal Buttons > Donate. Select the donation page or button you want to share from the Your Donation Page section. Copy the shareable link and use it however you want—it will always be available in this section along with a downloadable QR code that you can print or share on your online pages.
To modify or delete a donation campaign, as seen above, access the link and click on the Edit, Duplicate or Delete options depending on what you want to do.
If the PayPal donation feature fails to meet your needs, you can always try alternative online fundraising platforms with more advanced capabilities.
Fast track your donation campaign with PayPal
You can experiment with the recommendations above during the donation page creation process. Whenever the need arises, you can always change them or turn them off using the edit option when you access your donation page.
Once your link is live on your website or social media page, visitors will be able to click through and support you via PayPal. Creating a PayPal donation page is free and allows non-PayPal donors to donate using their cards. And once your campaign is done, you can explore PayPal’s other money sending features.
PayPal is a convenient tool for shopping online, but you can also use it to send money to friends, pool resources, support charities, pay contractors, and more. You’ve probably seen all of these tools on your PayPal account before, but it might be time to give them another thought.
Sending Money with PayPal: The Basics
Most of us probably got PayPal in the first place because it streamlines online shopping. Indeed, PayPal Web APIs are so fluid that you can use the platform on a regular basis and barely visit your profile. It’s so user-friendly that you might not realize how powerful it really is.
Almost all of the features that are going to be explored in this article are on the second level page. To get there, select Send & Request from the banner menu at the top of the page. This takes you to the Send page. The column on the right side of the window takes you to most of the ways you can use PayPal to send money.
The Send Money field in the center of this page allows you to easily send money to a PayPal account you’ve already interacted with. You can also search for PayPal accounts by name, username, email or mobile number in the text fields provided.
Let’s look at some other ways you can use PayPal to send money.
1. How to send to bank account
Found at the top of the column menu on the right, Send to Bank Account allows you to send money from your PayPal account to another party who doesn’t have or use PayPal. In this way you can deposit money directly into their bank account. This service requires Xoom, which is a separate service within PayPal.
How to convert PayPal to cash for pickup
When you select Send Cash for Pickup, PayPal redirects you back to Xoom. So, if you haven’t already, you’ll need to accept Zoom’s permissions.
In fact, selecting this button from the menu on the PayPal Send page is a shortcut to the second step in the sequence above. From there, the last two steps are identical.
You can leave out the country of origin on this one as cash pickup via Xoom is only offered through retail locations within the US, while debit cards or bank deposits can be made anywhere.
3. How to reply to PayPal invoice
PayPal’s send page isn’t really just for sending money. You can also select Send Invoice from the column menu to charge others for goods or services. But, to stick with the topic of the article, let’s flip the idea and talk about paying others when they receive a PayPal invoice.