Many of you may have been wondering what differences there are between the Donorbox and PayPal donation forms.
In fact, while PayPal’s donation function may seem similar to Donorbox in some ways, we want to show you how Donorbox better caters to your non-profit’s needs.
1. Donorbox Supports Recurring Donations
In late 2016, PayPal changed the design of its donation.
Along with the design change, they also removed the recurring donation option that used to be available in their standard form.
As such, you can no longer receive monthly donations through PayPal’s donation form. If you are looking for PayPal recurring donation, donorbox will be the best alternative.
EDIT: PayPal has now resumed their recurring donation feature.
But they charge an additional $10 for this function. With Donorbox, it is still free. ( https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/pro-recurring-payments and https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/merchant-fees ).
This option is available with Donorbox, as shown in the images below.
2. Best of Both Worlds: Pay by Card or PayPal
If you already have a PayPal account, we understand that you may want to stick to PayPal for convenience. That’s no problem because Donorbox uses PayPal as one of its payment processors. So, you can link your PayPal account to a Donorbox form and still benefit from our awesome checkout process.
All donor data will be collected up front on the Donorbox form. Then, donors will be transferred to PayPal to complete the payment.
We’ve also added Apple Pay, Google Pay and ACH payments as additional methods of giving a donation. This makes it easier for donors to contribute using their preferred payment method.
Both payment options are made clear to your donors as they complete the checkout process, as you can see below .
3. Custom Questions
Donorbox aims to make the donation process as complete and straightforward as possible.
Our donation forms have a wide variety of settings to customize your form. Gather as much or as little information as you want to. Ask custom questions and give donors simple ways to respond. PayPal forms, on the other hand, cannot be personalized.
The image below shows some of the options you can choose to add to your Donorbox form :
4. Suggested Donation Amounts
Donorbox’s checkout process is also very straightforward, designed to save your donors as much time as possible.
In fact, DonorBox (left) provides suggested donation amounts, guiding your donors along the donation process, while PayPal (right) requires donors to type in the amount they wish to donate.
5. Ease of Fund Transfer
Here’s another great reason to use Donorbox. When receiving donations through PayPal, the money first goes to your PayPal account and you then have to transfer it to your bank account.
This adds extra processing time before the transfer is considered complete. And this delays you accessing the money you need.
Stripe is also another payment gateway that Donorbox uses. It deposits your donations into your bank account directly, giving you quicker access to your funds.
6. Customize your Email Receipts
While PayPal only provides a donation platform, Donorbox provides extended support, even after your donations have been made.
For example, both platforms offer automatic donation receipts. But only Donorbox allows you to customize them to be more personalized. You can add text, images, hyperlinks and change fonts, colors and sizes. It’s pretty handy if you’d like your receipt to contain special info like legal terms and conditions, etc.
We have also recently added a goal meter, allowing everyone to follow the progress you are making throughout your campaign.
Donorbox offers some useful added integrations to give even more functionality to your fundraising campaign:
- MailChimp – MailChimp handles all your email marketing needs, from designing newsletters to tracking results.
- Salesforce – Salesforce is the #1 customer relationship management (CRM) platform, managing sales, marketing and customer support.
- Zapier – Zapier builds connections between frequently used apps to automate your work so you can be more productive.
8. More features
Donorbox has a host of added features that give you complete control over how your donation form works for you. Our forms can display a fundraising thermometer, to share your progress and encourage more support.
With Donorbox, recurring donors get their own Donor Login to manage their own donation plan.
The Donorbox Form Builder is a powerful web-based application to create beautifully customized forms, complete with your own branding and styling choices.
Donorbox is clearly the best alternative for PayPal recurring donations. Donorbox outperforms PayPal by incorporating more useful features. We hope this guide helps you see the benefits of choosing Donorbox rather than PayPal.