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PayPal and Givebutter can both help you raise money online - but which is more effective?

April 24, 2020

Donation Collection

✔  Accepts Venmo

✔  Transparent Fees

✔  Form Customization

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Accepts Venmo
Transparent Fees
Form Customization

PayPal serves as the default donate button for many groups, teams, and nonprofits, and for good reason: their fees are among the lowest in the industry. However, PayPal's donation form is missing key functionality, customization options, and fee transparency, which actually results in at least a 2% higher fee than you would experience using Givebutter (see "Pricing" section below). Additionally, despite the fact that PayPal owns Venmo, they still do not offer a Venmo integration with their donation forms, which is indicative of the company's dedication to innovating in this space. PayPal should be a payment option, not a full payment form.

Givebutter offers a simple yet powerful donation form for collecting donations, dues, and other payments, which you can embed right your website as a donate button/form or host on This same form powers payments all across the Givebutter platform, and can be fully customized to meet your payment processing needs.

Learn more about donation forms on Givebutter and see a live demo here.

Fundraising Pages

✔  Beautiful, donor-centric pages

✔  Add GIFs, drawings, images to donations

✔  Personalized pages with leaderboards

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Doesn't offer support for fundraising pages. 💔

Givebutter offers fundraising pages that place a big emphasis on the supporters behind a fundraising campaign, which creates a living, breathing campaign experience full of stories and creative messages of support. Givebutter is fully optimized for team and group fundraising and allows for individual members to join campaigns, customize their pages, and easily receive credit for donations they help bring in. These same pages are the foundation for Events, which is discussed next.

Learn more about fundraising campaigns on Givebutter and see a live demo here.

Sell Tickets to Events

✔  Sell unlimited paid and free tickets

✔  Ask for optional donations on top of each ticket and from those who can't attend

✔  Add event details such as Google Maps, Add to Calendar button, etc

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Doesn't offer support for selling tickets to events :(

Givebutter makes it dead-simple to sell tickets to events while maximizing dollars raised through a combination of encouraging attendees to add donations to their ticket purchases, and allowing you to still collect donations from people who can't attend. Additionally, events on Givebutter come with every fundraising feature built-in, so you have the option to set a fundraising goal, invite your team to create personalized fundraising pages, engage with donors and attendees in the supporter feed, and more.

Learn more about event ticketing on Givebutter and see a live demo here.

Long-Term Fundraising Success

✔  Make custom receipts and engage donors from dashboard

✔  Track donors over time

✔  Integrate with 1,000+ third-party apps

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Make custom receipts and engage donors from dashboard

✔  Track donors over time

✔  Integrate with select third-party apps

PayPal has added better reporting and tracking functionality in recent years, but unless all you are doing is collecting payments through PayPal then it's unlikely you will find their dashboard useful. Aside from the many product advantages of Givebutter mentioned above, Givebutter can act as a central donation hub across not only your general donations, but also for all of your fundraising campaigns and events.

Givebutter provides a suite of backend tools not on PayPal that are particularly useful for groups, teams, and nonprofits. On Givebutter you can invite and manage roles for unlimited members, customize donor receipts, easily withdraw funds via bank deposit or paper check, integrate with thousands of third-party apps such as Mailchimp, CRMs such as Salesforce, and more. Perhaps the most important distinction between the Givebutter and PayPal dashboards is Givebutter's focus on tracking and managing not only your donors but also your members, fundraisers, and even chapters if you have them.

Learn more about Givebutter's free all-in-one platform for long-term online fundraising success.

Donation Collection

✔  Accept Venmo

✔  Transparent Fees

✔  Form Customization

Accept Venmo
Transparent Fees
Form Customization


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+ 30¢ / transaction

+ $0 / month

✔ Free tier with every feature

✔ Pricing is easy to understand

✔ Over 95% of donors cover fees

✔ Per-transaction fees are under 5%

✔ All fees are transparent to donors

✔ Average campaign keeps 99.5%

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2.2% - 4.4%

+ 30¢ / transaction

+ $0-30 / month

Based on standard pricing for GoFundMe
Free tier with every feature
Over 95% of donors cover fees
All fees are transparent to donors
Average campaign keeps 99.5%
Per-transaction fees are under 5%
Pricing is easy to understand
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PayPal offers some of the lowest per-transaction fees in the industry, but unfortunately these fees are hidden from donors and there is no option for donors to cover them, resulting in a lost opportunity to raise more and provide donors with full transparency. Certain features also require PayPal Business to use, which starts at $30/mo.

Givebutter also offers transaction fees lower than 5%, but on Givebutter over 95% of donors voluntarily cover the fees when donating, resulting in an average overall fee to fundraisers of just 0.5% - the lowest in the industry.

Please note that for the purposes of this comparison we used the pricing for Givebutter's Collect product, since it is the closest in relevance to PayPal's full offering.

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Givebutter is one of the most innovative and engaging platforms I've seen in that it successfully mobilizes young people to actively fundraise and donate around the causes they care most about. The Givebutter team is dynamic, passionate, and thoughtful - they're an absolute joy to work with.
Rebecca Kaplan
Rebecca Kaplan
It's On Us
Launching an event as a nonprofit can be hard and stressful, but using Givebutter made it exponentially easier. We were able to seamlessly register teams while also collecting donations for our recent 3v3 basketball tournament to end teen suicide. I’d recommend them in a heartbeat to anyone looking for a fun experience, excellent support, and low fees.
Sue Rosenstock
I am a huge fan of Givebutter!!! The customer service is superb, every time I had a question (and we had a few) they were always super quick to answer. Also, I absolutely love the visual that Givebutter provides - I think it gave the fundraiser life. The focus was on the donors and the impact they were making, which encourages others to donate. I cannot rave about Givebutter enough!
Katherine Najera Villeda
De Manos Con Amor
We quite literally raised over 10 times as much money on Givebutter compared to last year’s event using GoFundMe. I can’t say enough how awesome this platform is for fundraising, and also how much fun we had using it.
David Wong
CMU Greek Week
We loved using Givebutter! It was super easy to set up and keep track of who was fundraising and how much they raised, which makes the person in charge's life SO much easier. We will definitely use Givebutter again, and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone!
Brian Grover
Philanthropy Chair
Sigma Chi Derby Days @ DePaul
Thanks to Givebutter, we were able to surpass this year's fundraising goal by over 1,000%! We found the platform to be a powerful way to raise money and awareness for our organization - its design makes social sharing seamless and its interface is extremely easy to navigate and track team progress. The company is constantly innovating and we cannot wait to use Givebutter for our next campaign.
Daniel Lowe
TAMID at Penn
Givebutter was the catalyst to everything for my nonprofit. I love Givebutter because they gave me a beautiful way to show donors what we were doing, interact with each other on the page, and cover all the fees when donating. And the team was there literally every step of the way. Long story short: Givebutter rocks.
Daphne Pariser
Humans for Education

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