PayPal Donations 101 for Non-Profit Fire Departments & EMS

Accepting funds via PayPal is one of the easiest ways to collect donations and other revenue for you organization.

501(c)(3) non-profit organizations can get discounted transaction fees, easy setup, mobile options — and donors do not always need a PayPal account to send you money.

You can accept donations online, in person (with a PayPal Here swiper), as well as via a custom website link such as PayPal.Me/YourNonProfit with PayPal Me.

Getting Started

  • If you are a 501(c)(3) non-profit. sign up for a new PayPal account here.
  • If you are not a 501(c)(3) non-profit, sign up for a regular PayPal account at PayPal.com.

Get Your Donations

Sample Paypal.me Link
Sample Paypal Donation Form

Once you’re set up with an account, enhance you donation and funds collection efforts by…

  • Adding a Donation Button to your Website
    Here’s a quick link on creating and adding a donation button to any website. If First Arriving is creating your website, we’ll take care of this (and a lot more) for you automatically! Donors can use PayPal OR their credit/debit card to donate. (see image). Donors can do one-time or recurring donations.
  • Create your PayPal.me Link
    Send your donors your nonprofit’s personalized PayPal.Me link to allow your donors to contribute to your cause. Create your link here. Be sure to secure yours now — and match your department’s acronym or social media handle (such as “bvfd” or “mainstreetvfd”)/. Donors will need PayPal to donate.
  • Get your PayPal Here Swiper
    PayPal Here is an easy way to accept credit cards, debit cards and PayPal right on your smartphone or tablet. It’s perfect for selling tickets, taking auction payments and collecting donations in person. Learn more here.

You can also us the PayPal link to collect funds from your members for apparel purchases or other organization purchases where accepting credit cards may be preferred.

When First Arriving creates and manages your website, we’ll integrate your online giving via PayPal and/or a number of other solutions we have available to help your organization raise funds and integrate with your offline fund raising efforts.