WordPress has long been a favorite of non-profit companies. And while there have been many options available for accepting donations on a website, none of been quite as easy to implement as Give – a new WordPress donation plugin.
Before the Give plugin was released, most WordPress users would utilize a PayPal donation button, Gravity Forms, or WooCommerce to accept online donations. While all three sound easy enough, they are not quite as simple and focused as using a WordPress plugin focused entirely on the process of accepting donations.
I first heard about the Give plugin at WordCamp San Diego. I was a speaker at this conference and the plugin developers were sharing information about it in the sponsor area of the event. As soon as I received the basics of the plugin’s features, I knew it would be a perfect solution for non-profits.
And when I remembered one of our top selling themes was a non-profit theme, I was even more happy. This plugin will make an ideal add-on for Patricia, our WordPress theme designed specially for non-profit usage.
An Overview of the WordPress Donation Plugin
Some plugin highlights include:
- Simple and Easy to Use – Simply install and activate the plugin, then quickly use the form creator to generate donation options.
- Zero Commissions – The money brought in using Give does not incur any fees.
- Lots of Plugin Add-ons – The WordPress plugin is free, but the developer does offer premium features that may be purchased as needed. This allows you to extend the plugin with the exact features you need.
- Great Support – Along with the plugin is a support team that is dedicated, fast to respond, and always willing to squash bugs and help troubleshoot.
Donation features include the following options:
- Goal tracking per form
- Simple and pain free giving
- Zero commission charges
- Own all your donation data
- Accept single, custom, and multi-level donations
- Easy to customize and enhance
- Robust reporting features
- Customizable emails
- PayPal standard and offline payments
- Custom user roles
- Dedicated support and development
Example Screen Shots
Give Already Has Some Great User Feedback
I mentioned earlier that this donation plugin has great support. The 5 star reviews on WordPress.org are a clear indication of this statement. Here is just an example of what I found online:
I am over the moon with the immediate and spot-on help I received from Give Support! I can make a wordpress website and I can do basic style tweaks related to copy but I cannot code like a coder can. The form needed tweaking. I contacted Give for help. They asked me to doodle the changes I wanted and show them. With a badly drawn version of what I was after made with a sharpie and a napkin, Give Support had my form looking super-stylin’ and streamlined hours later. I would hug Give Support if I could. Squeezy hug 🙂
Andrea Coombs on August 24, 2015
I can tell you how wonderful the plugin is, but I don’t think I can say it quite as nicely as Andrea did. Real user comments and feedback are invaluable when considering WordPress themes and plugins.
A Real-World Use Case
My friend and fellow WordPress developer, Marc Benzakein, has been using this plugin on his personal website called From Two to Five OverNight.
Marc and his lovely wife Jessica had two children of their own, then took in three more because these siblings were in need. In the last few weeks, they came across four more children and a single mom who needed financial and emotional assistance so they once again decided to help. Marc and Jessica are now taking care of these new children while the mother gets back on her feet.
You can see Marc and Jessica on a podcast they recorded last week by visiting OfficeHours.fm.
Marc has been using the plugin to help raise money for these new arrivals and their mother. I donated and I would love you to as well if you are in the position to do so.
Why part with your money? Because you rarely run into people like Marc and Jessica. Especially those who do such good deeds for the sole purpose of doing good.
Jessica grew up in the foster system and knows first hand what a loving adult can do for a child in need. If you’ve read my blog or listened to me on a podcast, you’ll know I do as well. Marc and Jessica are imprinting on all of these children and they will leave a lasting mark on them that will go forward with them into adulthood.
If you have a few dollars to spare, head on over to Marc and Jessica’s blog and donate. You’ll see how the WordPress donation plugin works and you’ll be helping seven children in need along the way.
Nathan Porter says
Great write up on what might be my favorite plugin for nonprofit organizations. It’s so awesome that we actually built an integration with Give for our Simple WordPress CRM, UkuuPeople. The combination of the two is killer! Looking forward to talking more about it at WordCamp Las Vegas. Will you be there by chance?
Rebecca Gill says
Nathan I forgot about the CRM software. I will have to demo that and do a write up on it as well.
My background is in CRM/ERP so I’ve not only spec’d out CRM system functionality, I used to implement and train users on my company’s CRM software. Giving the UkuuPeople a spin will be great fun for me. =)
Nathan Porter says
Yeah! I’d love your feedback. We implement a lot of larger CRM solutions in our Agency (Wanna Pixel, Inc.) but UkuuPeople feature set is growing and we’re actually starting to include it in our build plans for small to mid-size orgs.
Marc Benzakein says
Thanks so much for the great post! I’ll second (and third) what Andrea said! When I installed the plugin, we found a small bug and I reported it to the team at Give. Within minutes (literally MINUTES) they pushed out a hotfix. I thought OUR company gave great service, but wow!
I have tried both crowd funding sites and the Give plugin. Personally, I am having a hard time seeing why I’d ever go back. I literally had the Give plugin working within 10 minutes and within 30 was receiving donations. Great job!
Rebecca Gill says
Great feedback for WordPress users considering the donation plugin. Thanks for sharing Marc!