Nonprofits can create an unlimited number of Donation Forms on their Donation Websites to grow donations. Donation Forms automatically apply your nonprofit’s branding, giving your nonprofit a 100% white-label solution to collect donations.

Donation Forms are both powerful and easy to create so that your nonprofit can raise more and save time:

  • Create a Donation Form for each giving campaign, with custom giving options (i.e. one-time and monthly only; annual only), a custom title and description, custom attribution settings, and custom description.
  • Use Donation Forms for email and social media campaigns. The clean and simple layout keeps your supporters focused on making a donation without the distraction of menu items, additional call to action buttons, and too many images.

There are two ways to create donation forms.

  1. Create standalone donation forms. This article contains those instructions.
  2. Create donation forms from an existing donation website. Go here for those instructions.

Creating a Donation Form


From GiveSignup.org, click Donation Forms >> Learn More >> Create Donation Form or go here: givesignup.org/donationform/new


This will take you into a short wizard: 

Fill out your basic information here. 

  • Nonprofit Name
  • A general contact email for your nonprofit 
  • Donation Form Name, which will display on the form. For example: "Giving Tuesday" or "Sponsor a Student."
  • Start and end (optional) dates for the form.

  • Enter the donation message you'd like to show on the form.
  • You can select what donation frequency options will show. By default, One Time and Monthly are checked. 
  • Add to or edit the default donation levels. These will display as clickable buttons for people to use when selecting a donation amount. You can add names/titles to them if you like. 


Tip: Donation levels display best in groups of 4.


On Step 2, you'll add your nonprofit's logo. This will be cropped to a small circle, so choose a circle or square image that will look good in a circle on the form page. You can add a custom button to the confirmation page here as well, and set the color scheme for the website. You can add your own color scheme if you have one already, or choose a preset theme.     

The final step,  Step 3, asks for your payment information. 


This step is also where you can control how processing fees are handled.


In order to receive your payments, you must choose or create a Payment Account. Note that it will not allow you to select a non-501(c)3 payment account. If you do not have a payment account, you should create one for your nonprofit. You can read a full tutorial on setting up payments here, or scroll to the bottom of this article.



If you select the Use Existing Payment Account tab, you will see each of your existing payment accounts. You may also see payment accounts that you can request to link. Even though you do not own these payment accounts and cannot link them yourself, they show because they are attached to your other events or websites on GiveSignup | RunSignup. If you'd like to use a payment account from this group, you can send a request to link it. The payment account owner will get an email asking them to log in and approve the use of that payment account for your event.



You can also choose an option under Other Options.



Send Setup Instructions by Email allows you to send payment setup instructions to someone else (for example, your nonprofit's finance person).


Set Up Later allows you to skip the payment step for now. If you choose this, you will have to set up or attach your payment account from the Financial tab in the dashboard.


The test mode option allows you to test your ticket purchase path before you have payments set up. 


Volunteer/Free mode allows you to continue without using a payment account and should only be used for entirely free events without donations.


The last part of the wizard gives you the option to either View Your Form or Go to the Dashboard. Once you complete the wizard, you won't be able to get back in. All changes after that point will be made from the My Donation Forms page.