Givebutter vs PayPal

Compare Givebutter's pricing, fundraising features, and support to PayPal. Both help you raise money online, but which one is right for you?

See for yourself why Givebutter is a better way to give

🧈 Our take: Both platforms provide an easy way to drive donations on your website. But with Givebutter, you can create social fundraising pages, engage your supporters in real-time, host events and auctions, and accept donations from lots of different payment methods (including PayPal—no account required), all in one convenient place.

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PayPal

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Overview

Givebutter is a free, all-in-one fundraising platform that anyone can use to raise funds for good causes. 

Unlike PayPal, there are no time constraints or donation limits for fundraising—just all the tools you need to drive donations, engage supporters, and track donor information, all in one place.

More than just a digital wallet for online shopping, many nonprofits and individuals use PayPal to accept donations for fundraisers and crowdfunding campaigns. 

While PayPal users are limited to standard donation pages, Givebutter offers 100+ world-class features and integrations—including PayPal donations—to take your fundraiser to the next level.

Pricing

Givebutter is free thanks to optional donor tips.

The fee charged by our secure payment processors is 2.9% + 30¢ except ACH, which offers a reduced rate of 1.9% + 30¢ per transaction. Donors can choose to cover these fees (which 95% do!).

If you'd prefer to disable tips, a platform fee applies instead: 

→ 1% for Donation Forms
→ 3% for Fundraising Pages
→ 5% for Events & Auctions

Learn more about Givebutter pricing →

PayPal’s standard processing fee for receiving domestic donations is 2.89% + 49¢ per transaction. 

Charities can apply for a redcued rate of 1.99% + $0.49 per donation and additional perks through the PayPal Giving Fund and PayPal’s Generosity Network. 

International donations and donations received in-person are subject to different transaction fees.

Learn more about PayPal pricing →

Payment methods

💳 Major credit/debit cards

📱 Google Pay, Apple Pay, & Microsoft Pay

⚡️ Venmo

🤝 PayPal

💫 ACH

💵 Checks & cash

💳 Major credit/debit cards

🤝 PayPal

💫 ACH

Support

💌 Email

📞 Phone

💬 Chat

🕊️ Always free

💛 Always human

📞 Phone

💬 Chat

🕊️ Always free

Standout features

✅Embeddable donate buttons, forms, & bubbles

✅Customizable fundraising pages, donation forms, events, & auctions

✅ One-time, monthly, quarterly, & yearly donations

✅ Donor information & history fully available in free nonprofit CRM with list segmentation

✅100+ additional free fundraising features and integrations

✅ Embeddable donate buttons 

✅ Customizable fundraising pages 

✅ One-time & monthly donations

✅ Donor contact information (if donors choose to share it) available for charities enrolled in PayPal Giving Fund

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Methodology

Givebutter’s editorial staff aims to bring you the most transparent and objective comparisons possible. We sourced these comparison metrics directly from sites like G2, Capterra, Trustpilot, BBB, InHerSight, Comparably, Glassdoor, and more. Score data gathered on August 1 2022.

Meet your end-to-end fundraising solution

We bring together everything you need to successfully raise funds, track progress, and engage your supporters. Completely free.

Givebutter is the leader in
online fundraising

According to G2, Givebutter is the leading Fundraising Software in all of the following categories:

  • Quality of Support
  • Ease of Use
  • Ease of Setup
  • Likelihood to Recommend
Givebutter is #1 on G2 2022
Givebutter is the G2 Mid-Market High Performer for Summer 2022
Givebutter is the G2 Donor Management Momentum Leader for Summer 2022
Givebutter is the G2 Fundraising Best Relationship Small-Business for Summer 2022
Givebutter is the G2 Fundraising Mid-Market Easiest Admin for Summer 2022
Givebutter is the G2 Fundraising Mid-Market Easiest Setup for Summer 2022
Givebutter is the G2 Fundraising Mid-Market Easiest to Use for Summer 2022
Givebutter is the G2 Fundraising Small-Business Leader for Summer 2022
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We were using PayPal as our online platform, and many folks just did not trust it. A huge benefit to Givebutter is the variety of ways to give as well as the option to create an easy text-to-give code, sell tickets, and more. SO MUCH GOOD STUFF. Givebutter is not only easy; it makes it very easy to pass on the fees for credit cards to our contributors—or not. They have the choice of covering! Not only can we accept credit, but PayPal and VENMO, which is super important to our younger donors. All of this, and no fees. Zero. No hidden anything.

Sara McGuire

Director of Development

Roycemore School

Givebutter is a better way to give

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