Add a Donate Button to Your Website to Encourage Giving

With #GivingTuesday right around the corner (Nov. 29), now is the perfect time to add a donate button to your website to encourage end-of-the-year contributions.

To make the most of charitable users, you want donating to be as easy as possible. That's why a donate button is a must-have element in your website design plan. Thankfully, it's easy to add with Weebly.

There are three different ways to set up donate buttons. All that's left is to choose the one that works best for you.

1. Add Donations to Your Store

If you already have a Weebly online store, adding a donate button is as simple as adding a new product. Each donation product displays in your store as an option with multiple prices. The user just picks one of the pre-determined amounts, adds a quantity of 1, puts the donation in the cart and checks out in the normal fashion.

This option is easy for customers who regularly shop on your site because they are familiar with the process — they can add products and donations in the same shopping cart.

There is some setup involved for you with this option. You'll need to create a product image for donations, write a description and set donation amounts.

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See it in action: Odd Petals uses the product donation for a specially-crafted item in the shop that's available just to donors. With a donation, shoppers can add the canvas patch and a donation to the cart at checkout. The process is easy, seamless and intuitive for shoppers.

Find step-by-step instructions to set up your donation product item.

2. Integrate the Donorbox App

The Donorbox App — available in the Weebly App Center — is a great option for charitable organizations. The free tool allows you to accept recurring donations with ease.

Donors can choose from preselected donation options or add custom donation amounts. It works on your website and is optimized for mobile devices, which provides more ways for your customers to contribute.

The form builder allows you to collection information from donors, ask donors how they want to earmark donations or dedicate donations in a specific manner. Plus, Donorbox comes with a customizable receipt and links to other tools such as Salesforce and Mailchimp.

You have to create a Donorbox account once you install the app, but setup is quick and easy.

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See it in action: The Animal Pad uses Donorbox to encourage both one-time and monthly donations. Users can set up a donation right in the Donorbox App on the screen and don't have to navigate to new pages. The transaction, using a credit card or PayPal, takes less than a minute and is submitted over a secure portal.

Find step-by-step instructions to set up the Donorbox App.

3. Include a PayPal Donate Button

One of the most common and widely accepted options is the PayPal donate button. The primary benefit to using a PayPal donate button on your Weebly website is that users are accustomed to seeing this option and often know exactly how it works.

Donation amounts can be preset in your PayPal account or can be customized by the user. (You must have a qualified PayPal account to use this option and all settings are created through PayPal.) Once you know what you want your donate button to allow, create it in PayPal and copy the embed code into in element on your website.

Setting up a PayPal donate button takes multiple steps but the button can then be used as many times as you like.

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See it in action: Grace's Gowns uses PayPal donate buttons to drive donations with each personal story showcased on the website. The button is a nice option because it is small enough to use in multiple locations without seeming overwhelming.

Find step-by-step instructions to set up a PayPal donate button.

Conclusion

Remember, the end of the year is one of the top times to collect donations from users looking to earn last-minute tax deductions. Help them give back with a button that's easy to see and safe to use.

Creating a donation button for your Weebly website is simple to implement and can help drive those donations. With three options for creating a button, there's no reason not to make it a priority. Get started with a store item, the Donorbox App or PayPal donate button today.