Churches from all over the world are known for collecting money for the needy. Non-profits focus on more niche categories like animal rights and targeting large corporations to keep bad ingredients out of our food. As long as you're not running a cult I'd argue that collecting money for any cause is noble.
But how do you go about collecting money on your website?
With WordPress you need a donation plugin. A few of them exist, but none are as clean or giving as the GiveWP WordPress plugin.
GiveWP has been known to partner with charities and it also provides all sorts of publicity and knowledge-base information for helping non-profits make money and get the word out. Not only that, but the GiveWP plugin is free and the developers don't take transaction fees. All of their development money is made through the sales of add-ons.
It sounds like a good deal to me, so keep reading this GiveWP review to learn more.
With Give WP you start off with a completely free donation plugin. The features are pretty solid for most businesses, but you may also want to expand to the general add-ons. These add-ons are sold for a price, and the bundled options are rather reasonable.
The Free Plugin Features
- Beautiful, brandable donation forms with custom fields and easy recurring payment options.
- The forms are made so that they look nice on all WordPress themes.
- The forms also have tools for asking for multiple donation amounts.
- A full donation management center with options for exporting your user data.
- Tools for making tax-deductible receipts for your donors.
- Integrations with third-party tools that help with donor management.
- Campaign management reports.
- Report filtering based on things like payment method, form and date.
- Advanced reporting with a full overview of the amount of money that's been donated and who has donated it over certain time periods.
You also get the following donation form templates:
- Donation Goals
- Custom fields
- Multi-level donations
- Accept credit cards
- Modal form popup
- Recurring donations
- Field Form Manager
- PDF Receipts
- Stripe Gateway
- Authorize.net Gateway
- Manual Donations
- Per Form Emails
- Email Reports
- Per Form Gateways
- 2Checkout Gateway
- iATS Gateway
- PayPal Pro Gateway
- PayUmoney Gateway
- Paymill Gateway
- WePay Gateway
- Dwolla Gateway
- BrainTree Gateway
- Constant Contact
- Razorpay Gateway
- CCAvenue Gateway
Exploring the Functionality of GiveWP
As we walk through the functionality of GiveWP, I'll start by covering the tools you have when only working with the free plugin. After that, I'll show you screenshots of what some of the primary add-ons look like.
Modal Popup Form
The first area I like to cover is the popup form. It starts with the help of a one-button launch. This way, your potential contributors don't have to walk through tons of steps to get to the form. In addition, this conserves space, since the one-button launch is all you need to embed on your website. The popup form is far more detailed, therefore consuming space that might be needed for something else.
It's pretty cool that the popup form is included with the free plugin version.
The multi-level donations are also provided with the free plugin. Multi-level suggestions are great for contributors, since not everyone knows exactly how much they should be giving to a cause. This way you recommend some levels and give them the options they need. Not only that, but you can thank donors later and make them feel good about themselves by labeling them as certain level contributors.
Similar to a crowdfunding platform, the donation goals module provides a progress bar for a visual peek into how much more money needs to be raised for a cause. You don't have to manage this yourself, since every donation that goes through GiveWP is registered in the progress bar. You can go back in and remove a donation if needed, which would then decrease the amount shown on the progress bar.
Accept Credit Cards
You can only accept credit cards by buying a payment gateway add-on like PayPal or Stripe. Once installed, you open up the opportunity for more donations, seeing as how the credit card fields are revealed on each of your donation forms. What's more is that the forms have secure SSL encrypted payments, putting your donors at ease.
Recurring donations are sold in an add-on. They run smooth and add one simple checkbox to your form.
GiveWP Pricing and Support
As we talked a little bit above, GiveWP is available as a free download. Therefore, you don't have to pay a dime to get the basic functionality.
However, this may make you wonder how the developers make money for their cause. This money comes in through the sales of add-ons, many of which are extremely helpful for serious charities and non-profits.
It all depends on the add-on you purchase, but most of them are pretty similar. For example, the MailChimp add-on is sold as the following plans:
- Single site license - $45
- Up to five websites - $75
- Up to 15 websites - $145
This pricing might work for those who only want to grab a payment gateway or email marketing functionality, but I figure most organizations would rather opt for the bundled pricing:
GiveWP Add-on Bundles
- Basic - $147 per year for 22 premium add-ons, a license for a single site and one year of support and updates.
- Plus - $297 per year for 24 premium add-ons (including the Form Field Manager and Recurring Donations,) a license for a single site and one year of support and updates.
- Pro - $397 per year for 24 premium add-ons (including the Form Field Manager and Recurring Donations,) licenses for five sites and one year of support and updates.
Who Should Download GiveWP?
Any organization collecting donations should take a look at GiveWP. Obviously you'll need to be working with WordPress. As for specific businesses, I can think of dog shelters, conservation organizations, NGOs, abuse organizations and churches. There are far more than that, but you get the idea.
If you have any further questions about this GiveWP review, let us know in the comments below.