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WordPress church donation plugins

I was recently asked to do some research and come up with a list of recommendations for online church tithing.  Here are the results that work with WordPress web design projects.



Works with WordPress easily, good reviews and full support.  Stable.  Popular solution

Lots of Robust tools around donation online giving

Goal tracking for specific fund-raising efforts

You can purchase Add-ons that would allow most popular payment gateways like Stripe, PayPal,, etc.  Some of the add-on programs look really cool, lots of additional functionality that could be used.

Zero Commission Charges

Seems to be really well developed and really good documentation


The free version comes with PayPal standard only.  Which means they leave your website and go to paypal to complete the transaction.

Basic bundle is $147 per year.  This comes with 17 premium add-on items and all of the main payment gateways like Stripe.

Plus bundle is $247 per year.  You have to purchase the Plus plugin to get recurring billing.

Seamless Donations


Works with WordPress easily, good reviews

Free and no commissions

Automatic repeating donations

Reporting and other robust features.  Add-on plugins available


Only works with PayPal

They leave your website to donate and recurring donations are managed thru your PayPal account.  You fill out a basic submit form with your name and amount of donation, then you click a button that takes you to PayPal.

PayPal Donations


Add simple PayPal donation buttons to your website.  Low cost option.

Your charitable organization can setup a special account with PayPal with lower transaction fees.

Easy simple setup


User leaves your website and goes to PayPal

Low tech option not much functionality

WP Charitable


Same as others.  Popular and well developed.  Free if you connect to your PayPal account

More flexible for developers and custom programming.  More advanced

Lots of add-on plugins available.  Works with a lot of different WordPress plugins


Looks like it is a little more difficult to setup

I don’t see recurring payment option

More of a fundraising plugin than church tithing plugin

Payment Gateway Fees and Details:

Braintree is a customer friendly payment gateway. There are no minimum or monthly fees, no hidden costs and the best part is the clear rate structure: After your first $50k, it’s 2.9% + $0.30 a transaction. Read more about Braintree’s pricing here.

Braintree is great for not-for-profits because of their first $50k zero rate offer. This can really save some money and help further empower your cause. Braintree is available for merchants in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and New Zealand.

Stripe has a very simple merchant fee policy. Every transaction is charged 2.9% plus $0.30 with NO monthly charges at all. Read more about Stripe’s merchant fees here. You can also read a comprehensive list of why Stripe believes it’s the best payment gateway available.

With excellent features, competitive rates, and wide ranging support it’s no wonder why more-and-more nonprofits, organizations, and personal causes are putting their trust in Stripe to process their online donations.

Processing Rates: Authorize.Net charges a $49 setup fee, a $25 monthly gateway fee, and a $25 chargeback fee. The transaction fee is 2.9% + $0.30.


Processing Rates: PayPal charges 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction (with option for volume discounts), and a 3.9% + fixed fee per international transaction. Additional add-ons may require other fees. and you can see all the pricing details here

Nonprofit Charity processing fees

Discounted credit card processing fees for registered charities with 501(c)(3) status.
Learn more about discounts for charities.

$0 to $100,0002.2% + $0.30 per transaction
$100,000+Call: 1-855-787-1012




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The Best WordPress Online Donation Plugins for Churches was last modified: February 3rd, 2020 by Monte Persinger
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