Profile Image Aytekin Tank is founder of JotForm. He currently leads the JotForm development team. He loves to hear from JotForm users. Feel free to shoot him an email at aytekin at

Welcome to the JotForm blog, where you can read about new JotForm features and find helpful online form tips for creating top-notch forms, user case studies, and much more.

Feel free to stay a while, drop a comment or two, laugh at our corny jokes, and make sure to share the articles you like on social media.

Reasons to Use JotForm as a PayPal Donate Button Alternative

June 14, 2016

PayPal Donation Button

You might be using a PayPal donation button on your website, and that’s fine because it works. It’s a reliable way to make sure you get paid by a trusted source. But embedding a JotForm donation form, that’s integrated with PayPal, might actually be more financially fruitful for your organization.

It’s a poorly kept secret that JotForm and PayPal go together like peas and carrots in the world of donations. Any nonprofit can turn a JotForm form into a powerful tool for collecting donations through PayPal, or several other payment gateways, in just a couple of clicks. 

Below are a few of the reasons that JotForm should replace using only a PayPal donate button on your nonprofit’s website. 

JotForm makes it easier for potential donors to select amounts. 

Dropdowns, checkboxes, and custom amount fields are options to add to your form for selecting donation amounts. We suggest using some sort of mix, with a few tiered options displaying various amounts next to checkboxes, and an extra option if they want to give a custom amount. This isn’t possible, however, with PayPal donate buttons. 

Mobile donations are simplified with a form.

PayPal donate buttons don’t stick out as prominently on mobile devices. The result? Fewer people find and donate to your cause from their phones than if they filled out a mobile-ready donation form. JotForm forms are responsive by default, making the new donation form you made display perfectly on phones and tablets. 

Forms can match the aesthetics of your website.

PayPal donation buttons have a certain look to them, don’t they? Your online forms, however, look however you’d like them to look. If branding is important to your nonprofit, consider a solution that lets your organization brand the donation process as well. 

Cat Forms

You can use a standalone version of the form for easy social media and email sharing.

Forms are versatile in ways that an embedded PayPal donation button is not. Not only can you embed your form anywhere on your website, but you can also send the same form out as a standalone link to potential donors through social channels and email campaigns. All of the same data is collected into the same account, regardless of how you distribute your form. 

JotForm, with the help of payment processors like PayPal, has been a proven donation tool for thousands of nonprofits all over the world. And using the form in place of a PayPal donate button can help increase the number of, and amounts of, donors to your cause. 

To learn more, check out why you should use JotForm for donation forms

Do you use JotForm for donation forms? Let us know your experience below!


RAJAPRTAP (June 15, 2016 at 01:58 AM)

nice option

Sk8ergirl28 (June 15, 2016 at 06:16 AM)

I saw this, and I already did it.

niyobugingojeannoel (June 17, 2016 at 05:05 PM)

i saw this and I already interested in

niyobugingojeannoel (June 17, 2016 at 05:06 PM)

i saw this and am ready to do that

birasafab (June 18, 2016 at 05:30 PM)


imath40 (June 20, 2016 at 05:01 PM)

I like that I can use this form with PayPal, but is there a way to put in minimum purchase amounts? I tried adding conditions but that did not work. Thank you.

View Answer

sharonchebetkoechyahoocom (June 21, 2016 at 07:52 AM)


View Answer

informatician (June 22, 2016 at 03:32 AM)

Can you do recurring donations through JotForm or does the interface only allow one-time donations?

View Answer

Send Comment