Braintree is credit card processor that doesn’t charge any fees for your first $50k of donations. This article will help you install and configure this Add-on so you can accept donations with the Braintree Gateway quickly and easily.

Getting Started with Braintree

In order to accept payments with Braintree using Give you will need to have an active Braintree account, the Braintree Add-on, and the Core Give plugin installed and activated. See here for instructions on installing and activating Give Add-ons.

Note: You can always access your add-on purchase receipts, downloads, and licenses from your Give Account dashboard.

After your Braintree Add-on is activated, go to “Donations > Settings” and click on the Payment Gateways tab. There you will see the default Payment Gateways (PayPal Standard, Test Payment, and Offline Donations). You should also see Braintree as an option as well. Click on that to enable Braintree as your payment Gateway for your website.

Braintree Gateway Configuration

To start processing transactions with Braintree you must first have an account setup. Got that? Good! Next, let’s collect the following information to insert into the Payment Gateways settings:

  1. Merchant ID
  2. Merchant Account ID
  3. Public Key
  4. Private Key

To find this information, login to your Braintree account and click Account > My User. Next, scroll down until you see an “API Keys” link. From this screen you will be able to get the Merchant ID, Public and Private Keys:

Braintree API Keys
Braintree API Keys

Copy this information to a safe place. Now let’s get your Merchant Account ID.

To obtain your Merchant Account ID click on Settings > Processing and scroll to the bottom of the page: 

Braintree Merchant Account ID
Braintree Merchant Account ID

Configuring Give

Now that we have collected the necessary information you’re ready to integrate your Braintree account with Give.

Copy each field from the previous steps into the appropriate fields within the Payment Gateway settings.

Important: Ensure there are no blank spaces when copy-and-pasting your keys into the gateway settings.

To enter in your Braintree keys first go to your WordPress site’s admin dashboard. Next, navigate to “Donations > Settings” and click on the Payment Gateways tab. Scroll until you see a section called Braintree Settings. Paste each key into it’s respective field, then hit save:

Configuring Braintree in Give Settings
Configuring Braintree in Give Settings

That’s all there is to it. Now when your donors come to your site, they’ll be able to use credit cards to donate to you directly in the currency of your country and not have to be redirected to another site.

Testing Braintree Donations

It’s a good idea to test out a gateway before placing it on a live site. This ensures no donations are lost due to unforeseen errors or issues. So, how do you test Braintree?

Testing Braintree is easy:

  1. First, ensure you’ve placed Give in test mode (Settings > General > Test Mode)
  2. Double-check that you have properly inserted the Braintree credentials mentioned above under Give > Settings > Payment Gateways
  3. Complete a donation using a test card from the Braintree documentation
  4. Confirm that the donation is reflected in the Braintree admin dashboard and within Give’s transactions.
  5. Disable “Test Mode” when done