Start Taking Donations, Tips, and Contributions for Your Creative and Professional Pursuits

With the Donations block, you can now accept payments for all types of donations — and build a recurring revenue stream.

With our growing suite of payment features, we want to make it easier for you to earn money on WordPress.com. With the Donations block, you can now accept credit and debit card payments for all types of donations, earning revenue and growing your base of supporters. Collect donations, tips, and contributions on your website to fuel your creative and professional projects or to support and grow your business or organization.

Donations block example for an arts organization

What can you accept donations for?

You can collect financial contributions on your website for just about anything — the sky really is the limit. Here are examples of things people support through donations:

  • Creative pursuits for musicians, artists, designers, writers, and more
  • Concrete creations like podcasts, video games, music clips, and photography
  • Bloggers and content creators of all shapes and sizes
  • Everyday passions like news summaries and mindfulness exercises
  • Professional endeavors including civic engagement and professional development
  • Nonprofits and community, religious, and political organizations

Donations block examples for a musician and radio station

Continue to build your community by engaging with your supporters in a unique and authentic way. People can opt to support you through one-time, monthly, or yearly contributions, and the Donations block lets you engage with each level for a more custom experience. For example, you might send your monthly supporters additional content and information on top of what you send your one-time supporters.

As you ask for support, we’ll handle the rest — the credit and debit card payment processing, sending receipts, reporting, and more.

Ask for your first donation

Above all, the first step in earning money on your website is to ask for it. You can add a Donations block to your website in a matter of minutes; watch this short video to learn how. Alternatively, a step-by-step guide follows below.

How to use Donations block to earn money on your WordPress.com website
  • To use the Donations block, you’ll need a WordPress.com website with any paid plan — Personal, Premium, Business, or eCommerce.
  • On any page or post, add the Donations block.
  • To set up your first donation request, create a Stripe account if you don’t have one already. Stripe is the company we’ve partnered with to process credit and debit card payments in a safe, secure, and speedy way.
  • After you’ve connected to Stripe, configure the block’s settings, like how often you’re asking for donations. It can be any combination of single (one-time), monthly recurring, or yearly recurring donations.
  • Set three donation amounts that you’d like visitors to choose from for any of the payment intervals. These are fully customizable. Be sure to set your currency as well.
  • You can also allow visitors to donate what they want — essentially a blank box for them to fill out how much money they would like to give.
  • Review all of the text in your Donations block — you can edit every single letter, so be sure to provide enough information for your visitors about their donation, why you’re asking for it, etc.
  • Publish your block!
  • You can manage your supporters, see earnings, and keep an eye on other metrics in the Earn dashboard.
  • Last but not least, tell others about what you’re doing! Share on social media, email, and however you best communicate with people who might donate to your cause.

A suite of payment features to fit your needs

Looking to accept payments for something else? There are several other payment features on WordPress.com to suit your needs and help you make money with your website. In addition to the new Donations block, here are other features:

  • Payments block: Accept one-time or recurring payments on your website for physical items, digital downloads, services, memberships, subscriptions, and more.
  • Premium Content block: Create one-time, monthly, or yearly subscription options to share select content with those who pay for it — text, images, videos, or any kind of content. Exclusive content can be sent to email inboxes or viewed on your website.
  • Paid newsletters: Using the Premium Content block, you can share your site’s latest premium content via email newsletters in a fully automated way.
  • eCommerce Store: Turn your website into an eCommerce store and sell products and services seamlessly.

If you’re interested in setting up a membership- or subscription-based website, learn more about getting started with memberships and subscriptions.


Add the Donations block and start earning money with your website today!


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  1. Observatoire du MENSONGE

    Hi Austin,

    How do you put your donation block with one or more images in it?
    Thanks

    We spoke on Tuesday with your charming colleague. I am in France…

    Liked by 8 people

    • Austin Lau

      Bonsoir – Good to hear from you again! Right now the Donations block only supports text within the block itself which of course you can edit. You can, however, add images, video, and other content around the Donations block similar to the examples in the post. For other payments features like the Payments block, you can create a single button instead of the full text, amounts, tabs with one-off/monthly/yearly, etc. We’re looking forward to seeing this on your website soon! 🙂

      Liked by 9 people

  2. erin @ Reading On A Star

    What plan do you need to be on to use this block?

    Liked by 5 people

  3. Thiago

    A great addition! However, the ideal would also be to have another company option for receiving the money, such as PayPal, as Stripe is in a few countries.

    Liked by 6 people

  4. David Cole

    Hi Austin,

    Thanks for the help! 🙂

    Please keep up the good work.

    Best wishes,

    Dave.

    Liked by 5 people

  5. kiki | soyvirgo.com

    Interesting..might have to make my stripe account 😅

    Liked by 4 people

  6. Pathway of Solitude

    Awesome post, man!

    Liked by 5 people

  7. Emmanuel Oyeoka

    Amazing

    Liked by 5 people

  8. isaaclupupa

    Yes man

    Liked by 6 people

    • Ken Wilson

      Wow cool

      On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 4:57 PM The WordPress.com Blog wrote:

      > isaaclupupa commented: “Yes man” >

      Liked by 2 people

  9. jibokhan

    Now that’s something that motivates much better then 10 steps to be more successful 😛 😀

    Liked by 5 people

  10. David Thrift 📷 👋 🇺🇸

    It would only be useful to me if PayPal gets integrated. I have no desire to set up another money stream.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Austin Lau

      Thanks for the feedback, David. I realize it’s another payment platform but keep in mind it is free to setup a Stripe account. The Pay with PayPal block will continue be a way to you to accept payments via PayPal.

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  11. deepanilamani

    Good for those who are involved in such projects!

    Liked by 5 people

  12. pedalandtringtring

    These are vital tips, thank you Austin!

    Liked by 3 people

  13. AB-Series.com

    nice

    Liked by 4 people

    • vizhnitsa

      El bloque de donaciones no funciona de los tres páginas web que tengo. Creo que WordPress no les deja abrir.

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      • Austin Lau

        El bloque de donaciones solo funciona para usuarios de WordPress.com con un plan Personal, Premium, Business, o eCommerce. Puede aprender más sobre todos los planes aquí: https://es.wordpress.com/pricing. Si Ud. tiene una página de WordPress con otro servicio de web (“web host”) como GoDaddy o Bluehost, hay que usar un plan de Jetpack para usar el bloque y puede leer más sobre todos los planes de Jetpack aquí: https://jetpack.com/pricing/

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  14. Hanif Ali

    How much of a cut does WordPress or Stripe take?

    Liked by 4 people

  15. Mcharjakliwaila

    Yes Bro

    On Fri, Sep 11, 2020, 12:38 AM The WordPress.com Blog wrote:

    > Austin Lau posted: ” With our growing suite of payment features, we want > to make it easier for you to earn money on WordPress.com. With the > Donations block, you can now accept credit and debit card payments for all > types of donations, earning revenue and growing your base of” >

    Liked by 4 people

  16. Jaime Gómez C.

    Thanks for the information!

    Liked by 5 people

  17. Earth

    Not too long I started mine own blog I just need to hit it up

    Liked by 6 people

  18. MamoonMalang #MamoonMalang

    GOOD

    Liked by 5 people

  19. OMOJOWOLO OLUWASEGUN DAV

    Hi am new to blogging looking forward to your help

    Liked by 3 people

  20. Mahmud Sumu

    Nice

    Liked by 3 people

  21. Prathamkaushal

    Excellent

    Liked by 3 people

  22. Sebastine Promise

    Captivating

    Liked by 3 people

  23. Pefcs

    Excellent

    Liked by 1 person

  24. carl lashley

    Nice

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  25. Helen

    thankyou:)

    Liked by 3 people

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    I am new here 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Blandly Hoffmann

    Good

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Abi

    Great information!

    Liked by 1 person

  29. xpopo2019

    okay so I have a website powered by wordpress. I would like to do what is listed here but my site is experiencing some tech difficulties and I cannot get anyone to help get the site back on track nor access my admin section

    Liked by 2 people

    • Austin Lau

      The Donations block feature is available to people hosting their websites on WordPress.com with a paid plan – Personal, Premium, Business, or eCommerce plans to be specific. It’s also available to self-hosted WordPress websites that have a paid Jetpack (jetpack.com) plan.

      But if you’re a WordPress.com user and locked out, I’d suggest you go through the account recovery process with our Happiness team to get access: https://wordpress.com/support/account-recovery

      Liked by 1 person

  30. Betterdavies

    Wow nice one

    Liked by 3 people

  31. rodney_brazil

    I’m going to try the paid newsletter block. I’ve wanted to experiment with something like that for awhile.

    Liked by 2 people

  32. Sk gupta

    Nice information brother

    Liked by 2 people

  33. divinewisdom6715

    Absolutely Awesome 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  34. Benphillips

    Thanks for sharing your views

    Liked by 3 people

  35. wangyue1005

    With the development of information technology, there are more and more ways to make money and communicate through the Internet.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Austin Lau

      Agreed! There are lots of new ways to make money online and with your website. We hope you’ll be able to try to the Donations block and other payments blocks like Payments and Premium Content too. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  36. adongomilkayahoocom

    Wow

    Liked by 5 people

  37. Great

    That was helpful

    Liked by 5 people

  38. Jack Richardson

    Amazing Nice

    Liked by 2 people

  39. thepiquedlearner

    Is using the donations function only allowed on certain plans and not others? (e.g. Business Plan?)

    Liked by 2 people

    • Austin Lau

      Yes, the Donations block is only available if you have a WordPress.com Personal, Premium, Business, or eCommerce plan. Any of those paid plans will allow you to use this block along with other payments blocks like the Payments block and Premium Content block. You can learn more about what’s included in each of those paid plans here: wordpress.com/pricing

      Like

  40. Vaishnavi 0821(UD)

    Amazing!!!

    Liked by 3 people

  41. thetearwiper

    i have a friend who is looking for something like this and she’s not too tech savvy and hesitant. how do you recommend she goes about this, she currently has a free wordpress account but is considering an upgrade to be able to promote her writing services and receive payments, does this work for wordpress subscribers outside of the US too?

    Liked by 3 people

    • Austin Lau

      I would recommend that your friend try upgrading to the Personal plan to test it out, add the Donations block along with other features available on that plan. We have great support resources including email and live chat so hopefully they will be able to figure it all out with our help! If not, we will gladly refund the cost of the Personal plan within 30 days. But we’re making these features like Donations block as easy to use as possible. Please also feel free to share feedback with us. 🙂

      The Donations block does work for people outside of the US. Those signing up for a Stripe account must be in one of the supported countries (https://wordpress.com/support/wordpress-editor/blocks/donations/#stripe-supported-countries) but the website visitors can be anywhere in the world as long as they have a credit or debit card – visitors don’t need to create Stripe accounts to pay.

      Liked by 2 people

  42. Scribe Dee

    Thank you for this great insight.

    Liked by 2 people

  43. udohdeborah762

    Good work

    Liked by 3 people

  44. OMOJOWOLO OLUWASEGUN DAV WP

    Thanks for the article

    Like

  45. devinnewton

    Thanks for sharing. Great Information.

    Liked by 1 person

  46. Eunice TJ💜

    Hi Austin, this is amazing.

    Can you add more payment options like Paypal maybe for bloggers in place where debit and credit cards are not the norm. Thank you

    Liked by 1 person

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