PayPal creates the connection between your bank account and GoGetFunding. Adding PayPal details to our site allows you to accept donations via credit and debit card in addition to through PayPal accounts.
It’s easy and free to create a PayPal account. Just visit PayPal.com and you’ll be taken through the steps.
Our site requires that you provide your PayPal email address, first name and last name. Your details are automatically checked against PayPal and if they don’t match PayPal’s records, you will see an error message.
The most common issues are not being verified or entering incorrect details – omitting a middle name for example or using an email address that is not associated with PayPal.
If you are having any PayPal issues, it is because your account does not meet one of the following five required criteria:
> Your PayPal account needs to be verified (bank account added)
> Your email address must be confirmed (email address confirmed)
> Your account must be a Premier or Business account in order to receive donations via credit / debit cards without forcing donors to login / register with PayPal. A PayPal Premier or Business account is easy and free to create. It’s also designed for individuals in addition to businesses.
> Your account must be capable of accepting the currency you’ve selected.
> Your Payment Receiving Preferences must be set to allow “Send Money” payments
Here are instructions on how to enable each element:
See PayPal info on getting verified.
If you are not verified, when you login to PayPal.com, just beneath your welcome message it will say ‘Status: Unverified’. That will have a link next to it which prompts you to get verified.
Depending on your country, it may take a number of days for your account to become verified, so please plan accordingly.
If your account is pending verification, click the ‘Save & Finish Later’ link in step 4 of the listing process. Your fundraiser will then be saved in the drafts tab of your personal dashboard. When ready, simply edit your fundraiser and add your PayPal details. Then click ‘Create Fundraising Project’ and you’ll go live!
If you need to raise money immediately, consider using the verified PayPal details of a trusted member of your family or friends that is involved in your fundraiser. PayPal is used by hundreds of millions of people around the world so the chances are you’ll know someone that has a verified account. You also have the option to enable Stripe on your campaign which usually lets you accept donations immediately.
Confirm your email address
When you set up a new PayPal account, you will be asked to confirm the email address that you registered with by clicking on a link they’ll send you. This page adds some more detail if required.
Upgrading to a Premier or Business account
You can connect a verified PayPal personal account to our site. However, you need a PayPal Premier or Business account in order to also receive donations by credit and debit card. Otherwise, those wishing to donate by card will be asked to login / register with PayPal during the payment process which some people can find inconvenient.
It’s easy and free to upgrade and you’ll also get the benefit of having monthly receiving limits removed.
Here’s how to do upgrade:
You don’t need to be a business to upgrade to a Premier or Business account – it’s designed for individuals too.
Enable your account for your currency
Your PayPal account needs to be able to accept the currency you select. If you are using your home currency, that will normally be set correctly anyway. If it isn’t, here’s how to enable that:
Allow your account to send payments
Our site automatically deducts our fees by forwarding our commission amount (4%) from your account once you receive a donation. Therefore, your account needs to be able to send payments. If for any reason that is not enabled, here’s how to activate it:
Note: If you see an error message that states that your country is not enabled to receive payments, your PayPal account may be located in a country that PayPal is unable to receive funds with. For a complete list of country-specific PayPal restrictions, see: https://www.paypal.com/worldwide/.
Update: See our infographic on fundraising with PayPal.