Browse our most frequently asked questions and learn how to ask for donations online
How do I ask for a donation?
How do I give a donation?
Giving a donation is easy! On our home page, click on the DISCOVER link at the top, ”SHOW ALL” link to see the various categories where campaigns are listed; view campaigns on the home page; click on “Recently Added”, or “Staff Picks”. Read the various donate pages and when you find one that you’d like to donate to, click the “Donate” button.
How much does Donate Pages charge to make or maintain my posting?
At Donate Pages, it’s FREE to sign up, to create a campaign, and to contribute to a campaign. We believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to raise money. However, for each donation that you receive, DonatePages keeps a fee of 5% to cover our technology, manpower and to help keep the the website going and PayPal’s fee is 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction.
The fee that DonatePages collects, covers the manpower, technology, and all efforts to help keep this website going. We not only help you or loved ones by providing you a free donation and crowdfunding platform for raising money, but the fees also help support DonatePages to form a win-win for both parites.
How do I receive donations?
Donate Pages campaign pages are linked to PayPal. A PayPal account is required to receive donations.
Do donors need a Donate Pages account?
No. Setting up an account is optional. Anyone who donates to you does not need to set up a Donate Pages or PayPal account and can just send payments directly through your donation page via PayPal or all major credit cards.
Will Donate Pages charge me any fees?
For each donation you receive, DonatePages keeps a fee of 5% to cover our technology, manpower and to help keep the the website going and PayPal’s fee is 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction.
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN I RECEIVE A DONATION?
Your Donate Pages campaign page is linked to your PayPal account. After receiving a donation, you will receive an email from PayPal notifying you that you received a payment . You will also see the progress of your donations in your Donate Pages campaign page:
I have not received any donations yet. How do I get more people to donate to me?
There are many others like yourself that are in true need. One way to attract donors is to make your postings as honest as possible without writing a long novel about your life. Keep it simple, but not too simple. One or two sentences may not be enough to draw in a donor to give you a donation…one or two paragraphs should be good enough. Donors are usually drawn to those who can express themselves and are more likely to give to those who have touching stories that capture emotion. Stories that are eye-catching, interesting, humorous, or ones that just touch the heart.
PROMOTE! Please feel free to promote yourself on different social networks (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Gather…), bookmarking websites (Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit…), forums, blogs and websites giving the link to your Donate Pages posting.
USE YOUR “Share this Campaign” buttons on your Donate Page:
MAKE SENSE! Proofread and spell check your posting. Donors may not give a handout to a posting if it is hard to read or if it doesn’t make sense.
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And finally, be patient!
Donations may take some time and you may have to do a lot of the leg work spreading the word about your Donate Page. Do your best to let others know about your Donate Page through word of mouth, email, phone, social media, and other ways to promote your page and the donations will come!
Have a question that’s not answered here?
Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have.
Start Campaign Page – How To – Questions and Answers:
- Enter Your Title – Let people know exactly what their money is being raised for and how their donation will make a difference.
- Goal – How much money do you need to fund your campaign?
- Length – Campaigns usually run for 30 days or so. You can change the amount of days if you want a shorter or longer campaign.
- Categories – What categories best fit your funding needs? (Select up to 3).
- Introduce yourself and your background and briefly describe your campaign and why it’s important to you.
- No need to write a novel, but you’ll definitely want to include specific details and have a strong cause for why you are asking for support. The more insight you can provide about your campaign, the better.
- Explain how much funding you need and where it’s going. Be transparent and specific—people need to trust you to want to fund you.
- Grammar and spelling counts! You have less of a chance of getting donations if the reader has a hard time reading or sees a lot of misspellings. Do not type in all CAPS either. WHEN YOU WRITE IN ALL CAPS IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE SHOUTING AND MIGHT GIVE THE READER THE WRONG IMPRESSION.
- Feel free to explain more about your campaign and let people know how the difference their contribution will make.
- Some people who read your campaign might not be able contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help. Ask them to spread the word about your campaign using word of mouth, email, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc…).
- Please try to follow our recommended tips and create a description that is longer than one sentence. Remember, you are trying to sell yourself, project or cause. You can’t do it in one sentence.
- Excerpt – Please use the Excerpt text box below the Description box to write a compelling suggestive phrase to get users to click on your campaign. Suggestive phrases could include “Help us reach our goal”, “This is your chance to help our (club, school, church, etc) meet the challenges of the coming years.”, “Your generosity can give a new lease on life.” and so on.
- Featured Image and/or Featured Video – One way to really bring your page to life is to add photos and videos by using the Featured Image and/or the Featured Video URL. Did you know that those who add a video or use images in their campaign, get 220% more donations?
- Backer Rewards – Collect shipping on checkout is used if you will be shipping an item to those who donate to you. No rewards, donations only is used if you are strictly asking for donation money only. If adding Rewards, the Amount = amount of the contribution by the donor, Reward = what donor gets for that donation amount (i.e. – a thank you card, mug, T-shirt, etc…), and Limit = if giving out an item…is there a limit per donation?
- Your Information – **IMPORTANT** A VERIFIED PayPal Email account is required to receive donations. A PayPal Verified identity increases contributor trust because it creates a higher level of confidence that a person is who they say they are. When other PayPal users see that you are a Verified User, they know you have taken the steps to provide additional evidence of your identity. This creates confidence and a willingness to donate to you.Your name and location are optional, but if you do include this information it may help contributors know that you’re a real person by who you are and where you are from. PayPal Verification also provides an additional benefit: it lifts the withdrawal limit allowing you to withdraw more funds from your PayPal balance to your bank account.
- Submit Campaign – Please proof read your campaign before submitting your campaign.
Please proofread your campaign before you submit it. We reserve the right to reject or remove any campaign that is too short or does not fit suitable guidelines. Keep it concise, yet personal. Put yourself in a reader’s shoes: if you were someone that stopped to read your campaign…would you be ready to make a contribution? Is what your wrote descriptive, inspirational, and make sense? For more ideas on how to be successful when fundraising online, check out our How to Ask for Donations Page.