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.
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;
Work your way through the following settings: Read more
Now Facebook has made it possible for all charities to add a Donate Button on their facebook page (if you’re still using a profile or a group for your organisation’s main Facebook activity this won’t work for you).
HOW TO SET UP YOUR DONATE BUTTON
We’ll talk you through how by using a local Birmingham Charity – the fantastic Birmingham Conservation Trust with the their Coffin Works – as an example. (Transparency – Nick Booth used to be a trustee of BCT)
The donate now feature works through the pages call to action button, but the donate option is only available to pages that are set up as non profits. So to begin check what you have your page set up as.
Log into facebook and visit the page you want to set up a “donate now” button for. You must be an admin of the page to have access to this.
Underneath the page title it will tell you what your page is set up as, in the case of Birmingham Conservation Trust (in the example below) they are already registered as a Non-profit – but if you’re not it’s easy to change.
The site www.givv.org is simply brilliant. It allows us subtle control what we give and to whom. When you offer someone control it tends to make them feel better about doing something.
As a charity donor it allows you/me to make one single monthly payment into an account then choose how to apportion that.
If this month I want to support disaster relief I can, next month I split it between that and a home based children’s charity. In fact I can split it as many ways I like – picking up local charities for a while, changing my interests from young people to building sonervation.
I can then decide whether I let those charities know I’m supporting them or not, either joining their netowork or avoiding it. That means I can also have some control over how many times they send me daft envelopes with silly pens in.
As a charity trustee or administrator I get one lump sum payment a month from givv.org rather than lot of different payments. Especially for the smaller charities (such as my favourite, Birmingham Conservation Trust) it may improve the chances to get small yet manageable donations from a much wider group of people. When someone opts to share information with you the chances are that will also be a more fruitful relations – better rewarding the effort put into nurturing it.
It’s very clever and I hope something similar comes to Britain soon. Of course don’t let the wait put you off making a donation here 😉
These are my links for January 12th through January 14th:
John Popham’s Random Musings – "I have been quite annoyed by some of the accounts of “heroic” struggles to get to work through the snow, because, it seemed to me, that some of them just weren’t necessary." John on why the web doesn't seem to make it easier for people to work without traveling through snow.
Building the “reusable video” player « Carl’s Notepad – "What i’d like is a player which has the ability to pull content from any source, youtube or vimeo or a traditional video storage platform – I’d also like to add value by providing a feature that allowed me to layer content, questions etc over the top to gain additional benefit from the original content. I’d like to be in a position to reuse our existing video archives and repurpose them, or use other public material from either central government or other local authorities providing the content was reusable”"
Official Google Blog: A new approach to China – "we have discovered that the accounts of dozens of U.S.-, China- and Europe-based Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China appear to have been routinely accessed by third parties."