The best Shopify donation apps to add to your online store

If you want to give your customers a chance to do some good at checkout, the e-commerce platform Shopify offers plenty of options. It has dozens of apps to help your business make a positive impact with every purchase, whether it’s by offsetting carbon emissions or donating a portion of sales to a cause of your choice.

With so many Shopify donation apps to choose from, finding the right one can be a challenge. Here’s a list to help you choose.

General donation apps

These are the most popular donation apps in Shopify’s app store, according to their ratings and number of reviews.

1. Shop for Good

Shop for good

This app is the most popular option according to its overall rating and total number of reviews. Shop for Good offers more than a donation widget. You can run different kinds of campaigns, like giving customers the option to round up their total with a donation amount or allowing your business to automatically donate a portion of your sales.

You can offer customers who donate special discounts and improve the ROI of your cause marketing. Shop for Good also does the work of making sure funds go to the right place while keeping you compliant with fundraising regulations.

The app offers a free, seven-day trial on its paid plans and a free plan with limited features (though you do pay transaction fees). Paid plans start at $300 per month.

2. Change Commerce

Change Commerce

Change Commerce is another popular option that’s on par with Shop for Good. It offers many of the same features and is fully compliant with fundraising regulations. It also takes care of distributing donations to the appropriate organizations.

Change Commerce offers more integrations than Shop for Good and works with Shopify POS systems to allow in-store donations.

Its pricing is comparable to Shop for Good. The Impact Starter offers 20 free transactions per month but charges a 0.5 percent transaction fee thereafter. Higher tiered plans start at $271 per month and significantly increase the number of transactions allowed.

3. Sales CountUp

Sales Countup

Sales CountUp is a social accountability tool. Doing good for goodness’ sake is important — but letting people know exactly how much good you do can benefit your business’s reputation and bottom line.

Many shoppers pick a business based on its positive impact, and this app will help you land those customers. It can calculate and display data like the total your company has donated or the impact of the eco-friendly products you sell.

Sales CountUp is free to use. It offers a premium version for around $5 per month.

Donate Source

Donate Source is another popular option. It lets you add a simple, general-purpose donation widget to your website. The money can go to any charity of your choice, including your own. However, you’re responsible for getting funds into the charity’s hands.

Donate Source offers a free trial, and each of its paid plans costs less than $5 per month.

5. Share The Love

Share the Love

This is another simple, general-purpose option. Share The Love gives your customers the option to choose the charity they want to donate to, and it lets you choose whether they donate a flat amount per order or a percentage of the purchase total.

Share The Love offers a five-day trial and will cost about $6 per month after that.

6. Easy Donation

Easy Donation

Easy Donation gives you a simple way to add a donation widget to your Shopify shop. You can add a widget to your product pages, your cart page, or anywhere else you want.

Easy Donation has a free seven-day trial. After that, it costs $6.99 per month for the basic plan. The advanced plan costs $9.99 per month and lets you collect donations from multiple pages instead of just one.

7. Verdn

Verdn

Verdn focuses on donations to carbon neutrality and other environmental responsibility efforts. It connects donors to tree planting, ocean cleanup, and coral restoration projects.

Verdn has a free two-week trial. After that, its entry-level plan is $49 per month, plus fees that depend on the amount your customers pledge.

8. Givz Donation Driven Marketing

Givz Donation Driven Marketing

Givz is a way to use donations as a marketing tool that replaces discounts and sales, allowing you to engage customers without impacting your bottom line. You can pick which charities to donate to or choose from a curated monthly list. Givz distributes donations for you through the PayPal Giving Fund.

Givz plans start at $19 per month. The higher-priced tiers cost $99 and $299 per month.

9. DonateMate

Donatemate

DonateMate offers a powerful tool for a reasonable price. Many donation tools work like tip jars. That means you can add a tip to an existing purchase that will go to a charity.

DonateMate takes a different path. It integrates tightly with the Shopify API and treats each donation as an item in your store.

That means you can accept donations without requiring customers to make a purchase. You can also collect donations after a purchase without having your customers fill out a whole new form.

DonateMate offers a simple free plan. Paid plans start at $10 per month.

10. Tip Cup

We mentioned tip jar apps in the previous product. Tin Cup embraces that approach instead of avoiding it. Tip Cup gives your customers a way to make a donation or add tips at checkout through a widget you can place anywhere on your Shopify pages.

Tip Cup has a free seven-day trial. After that, it’s $9.99 per month.

11. Crowd Control Pledge Manager

Crowd Control was built to help you manage your crowdfunding campaigns from your existing shop. The idea is that you’ll have a central place to manage your Indiegogo or Kickstarter backers. It gives them a way to send you their physical and email addresses, product preferences, and any other info you may need without having to make a purchase.

While they’re in your Shopify store, they’ll have an opportunity to learn more about your brand, follow you on social media, and even purchase your existing products.

Crowd Control is free to use, but it charges fees per backer as well as a commission.

12. Tax Receipts

Most people who donate to charity would like to get the associated tax benefits. Tax Receipts makes giving your donors a receipt easy and automatic.

Tax Receipts works by monitoring your Shopify orders for items that you’ve flagged to receive a tax receipt (like a donation) and automatically sending a PDF receipt to the donor. And that’s just about it. It’s simple but useful.

Tax Receipts is a free product.

13. Crowd Funding

As you could probably guess from the name, this is another crowdfunding app. But unlike Crowd Control, Crowd Funding actually lets you create and manage your crowdfunding campaigns from your shop, rather than integrating with another platform like Kickstarter.

Crowd Funding offers a free seven-day trial. After that, it costs $15 per month.

14. Give & Grow Donations

Give & Grow Donations has a lot of the same features some of the more professional and expensive items on this list offer, including managing payments to charities.

This app is popular, but it’s lower on this list because it only has four stars. That doesn’t necessarily make it a bad product. Just be sure to check the reviews and proceed with caution.

Give & Grow Donations allows customers to donate by rounding up their purchase to the nearest dollar amount or by adding an amount you designate to their total. It’s free to install, but charges fees for transactions as well as for specific types of disbursements to charities, like issuing checks. It’s a bit complicated, so, again, do your homework.

Carbon offset donation apps

Carbon neutrality is a hot topic right now in the push to address climate change. More and more businesses want to show their dedication to reducing their carbon footprint. These apps can help your business do its part.

15. EcoCart

EcoCart gives your customers the option to make their transaction carbon neutral with one checkbox. From there, EcoCart figures out how much it will cost to offset the carbon impact of the order and donates that amount to a sustainability project.

EcoCart gives you a solid selection of projects to choose from. And they make it easy to set up and use.

EcoCart is free to install and charges fees based on transaction volume.

16. Climate Friendly Cart

Climate Friendly Cart is another popular sustainability option created by CarbonClick, an enterprise-grade carbon offset company.

Climate Friendly Cart works with trustworthy projects, and it gives your customers a “track and trace” receipt that shows where their donation went. It has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a business-based developer.

Pricing is a flat $399 per month and comes with a free two-week trial.

17. Sprout: Plant Trees Grow Sales

Sprout helps connect your business to tree planting businesses. It’s not as feature-rich as some of the other options on this list, but it’s a simple solution that works well enough.

The first 50 trees are free. Each tree costs $0.22 after that.

18. Carbon-Neutral Shipping

Carbon-Neutral Shipping is a tool that lets customers choose to offset the costs of physically shipping their orders by clicking a box at checkout.

Cloverly, the creator of the app, is a tech-first solution designed to help businesses of all sizes offset the carbon their processes create. Cloverly offers an API that you can add to any site or shop. But its Carbon-Neutral Shipping app makes adding their service to Shopify easy.

Carbon-Neutral Shipping is listed as free in the Shopify app store.

19. One Tree Planted at Checkout

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Customers can opt to donate to plant trees at checkout. The pricing is simple: $1 equals 1 tree planted. Donations go to the reforestation nonprofit One Tree Planted.

This app is free to use.

20. Plant Trees with Ecologi

Ecologi lets your business plant a tree for just $0.33. This app gives you an impact visualization tool that lets you see a representation of the planted trees that donations from your shop have made possible. The tool is also visible to your customers.

Ecologi lets you set the conditions for how your business will donate (e.g. for every order received, for each dollar spent, etc.), which will be displayed to customers in a message at checkout (e.g. “We plant a tree for every order received”). The app is free to install.

21. Plant Trees & Offset Emissions

This product offers more clarity on where your money goes: toward planting mangrove trees on protected land in Madagascar.

Created by Ecodrive, the app is free and lets your customers opt to make a donation of $0.65 at checkout.

22. 1 Product 1 Tree

This app is also transparent about where contributions go. Your business donates to an organization that plants a larger variety of trees in more locations than the previous app. You can then communicate to customers that you plant trees on their behalf for each product they purchase.

What really helps this one stand out is that it provides information on the individual trees planted, including location, carbon offset statistics, and more. That information is shared with customers as well.

The app gives you 250 free trees to get started. After that, each tree costs €0.25.

23. Balance by Carbon Checkout

Carbon Checkout is an environmental consulting group that’s been around since 2007, and Balance is its Shopify app.

Balance lets you give your customers the option to offset the impact of their purchase with one click at checkout. The money goes into a fund for a variety of renewable energy programs.

Your customers will receive a link to a custom portfolio to track their contributions.

Balance is listed as free in the Shopify app store.

A way to manage your own donation campaigns

There are some great apps in this list, but sometimes you want something that more specifically meets your needs. If that’s the case, you can quickly and easily create your own custom donation form with Jotform.

In addition to offering forms, tables, approval flows, apps, and other products, Jotform lets you build your own custom online storefront. It offers a lot of the same features as Shopify, but it’s easier to set up. You can easily add a donation form to your store with a few clicks.

But if you just want to add a tip jar or a way to collect donations to your website, Jotform has you covered. It integrates with more than 25 payment gateways to make it easy for donors to contribute however they prefer. Try it today for free.

This article is originally published on Nov 22, 2022, and updated on Nov 24, 2022.
AUTHOR
Lee Nathan is a personal development and productivity technology writer. He can be found at leenathan.com.

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