How to start accepting Bitcoin donations for free

September 2019

Are you a charity, organisation or business that wants to take donations in Bitcoin, but have no idea how to do that?

The world of cryptocurrencies can be confusing.

But don't worry - this is the absolute easiest way to start accepting Bitcoin donations.

It's safe and secure - and most importantly it's FREE!

 

Just follow these steps:

 

1. Sign up at Coinbase Commerce

Coinbase Commerce is a free tool to let you accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency donations.

Sign up here: https://commerce.coinbase.com/

 

 

2. Create a checkout page

It's really easy and will only take a few minutes to set up.

 

a) Click the "Accept Payments" button

It's down in the bottom left corner

 

b) Choose "Accept Donations"

 

c) Add the project details

Fill in your name, why you are raising funds, and add a small logo

I'm going to ask people to send me enough for a cup of coffee:

 

d) Choose how much information you want to collect from your donors

I want to reply to them to thank them for their donation, so I am going to choose to collect the donor's name and email address

Then click "Done"!

 

e) Check the details

If the name, description or logo are wrong you can click "Edit" to tweak them.

Then you can copy the link and share it!

 

 

3. Share it with your friends and customers

You can send the link by email or share it on Facebook, Twitter and any other social network, and you can also embed a payment widget on your website or blog.

 

a) Share it!

Copy the link, and share it with your friends by email, Facebook, Twitter, wherever they are.

The link to my "buy me a coffee" page is here:

https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/b6a2ca67-0f64-45c3-b394-b133cf4b02ba

 

b) Put in on your website

If you have a website, you can also include the donation widget directly on your website.

Copy the HTML code provided here:

When you have included that on your page, it will create a button, like this:

 

c) Test it out

Here's an example page with a working button so you can see the whole process:

https://www.fundsurfer.com/coinbase-commerce-donation-page-test

 

This is what the payment pages look like

 

If you opted to collect the name and email address you'll see this:

 

Then you can choose the currency you want to pay with:

 

Then you'll see where to send the payment:

 

You can even show a QR code which saves time if your wallet app supports it:

 

 

4. Start getting donations

This is the exciting part!

You'll get a notification whenever someone makes a donation.

If you chose to collect email addresses then you can reply to the donor to say thank you.

 

You can choose which currencies to collect on the Coinbase Commerce settings page:

 

 

5. Save it or spend it

Now you can withdraw it to use for your project, or save it for a rainy day!

Click the "Withdraw" button on the Coinbase Commerce dashboard to see the options:

 

 

6. Start a crowdfund

Once you have collected a few donations, and know that there are people willing to fund your idea, you can take your fundraising to the next level with a Bitcoin donation crowdfunding page.

You can set a goal, and see exactly how much people have donated.

Find out more about Bitcoin crowdfunding

If you have any questions you can email us