How to link to Paypal using the Facebook Donate Now button

Adding a Paypal donate button to your Facebook page has never been easy – and as Facebook has changed over the years it’s become impossible without adding third party apps and that’s only of you know where to start looking.

Thankfully with the role out of the integrated Donate Now button to non profit facebook pages there is now a fairly simple way off taking Paypal donations via your page and we’ve even put together a quick guide to help you.

Before you start though, if you want to use Paypal to collect donations you need to have an account set up just for that so that you don’t fall foul of their charges, information can be found on their site.

How to add Paypal to your Donate Now Facebook button.

Search Paypal for the “Donate Button” page, or alternately click this link here, it will take you directly to the page you need.

Log in with details of the account that will be receiving the donation.

NB: It is important that this account is set up for your organisation, using a public email address as this will be visible on the donate page.

You will then see the following screen;

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Work your way through the following settings:

Choose a button type. Leave this set to donation

Organisation name/service: Add your organisation name or the cause you are taking donations for in here.

Customise Button: Don’t worry about this – your not actually going to use a visual button anyway.

Currency: Make sure the currency is set to what’s relevant. It should already be on GBP if you’re in the UK.

Contribution amount: Choose whether you want to let donors set their own donation limit, or set your own.

And leave the rest as default

Once you are done – click Create ButtonScreenshot_082815_124106_PM

You’ll then see a page that includes a text box with code in it that looks like this:


Choose the email tab:


And then copy and paste the link that is now is in the text box into your donate button settings on facebook.

If you don’t know how to do that you can follow our guide here.

Then you’re done and ready to start taking donations. Now when your supporters click on the Donate Now button they will be taken to a Paypal fast pay screen where they can use their Paypal account – or debit/credit card to donate to your cause.


Note: Paypal have the following disclaimer on their site so please us this guide in conjunction with their rules:

 This button is intended for fundraising. If you are not raising money for a cause, please choose another option. Not-for-profit organisations must verify their status to withdraw the donations they receive. Users that are not verified not-for-profit organisations must demonstrate how their donations will be used, once they raise more than $10,000 USD