Stripe has become one of the most popular online payment processing platforms. Luckily for nonprofits, accepting Stripe donations with Give is startlingly easy and comes with no up-front costs.
This tutorial will walk you through the features of our most popular payment gateway including how to connect to Stripe, configure the various settings for Stripe and Give, and how to test Stripe donations using test cards.
Step 1: Register for Stripe and Get GiveWP
Before you can start accepting Stripe donations with Give, you will need to have a few things set up in advance.
The first step is to make sure your organization is eligible for a Stripe account. Sign up for free on their website before continuing if you haven’t already.
You will also need the main Give donation plugin for WordPress. It comes with a built-in Stripe Gateway and no up-front costs. We also have a premium add-on with more features to enhance Stripe donations your Give-powered site. The add-on is included in our bundles and can also be purchased individually.
There are a few differences between the free Stripe gateway and the Stripe Payment Gateway add-on. If you’re not sure which you should use, check out the documentation.
Step 2: Integrate Stripe with Give
Once you’ve signed up for Stripe and chosen to use the add-on or the core gateway, you need to connect your account.
Here’s a video walk-through of how to use Stripe donations with Give, followed by a written explanation:
Connect to Stripe
No matter which method you choose, the add-on or the core gateway, you can connect to your Stripe account easily with the blue Stripe connect button. To find it, navigate to
Donations > Settings > Payment Gateways (tab) > Stripe settings (link).
If you prefer to use your API key from Stripe the you will need the Stripe Add-on. Then, go to
Donations > Settings > Advanced (tab) > Stripe (section) to enable API keys. Save that, then navigate back to the Stripe settings to insert the API keys copied from Stripe.
For the purposes of this tutorial, we’re going to get you up to speed as fast as you can to accept tests and live donations via credit card using the free Stripe gateway. If you need additional information about the add-on, you can read more about it in our documentation.
To access your Stripe settings, go to
Donations > Settings > Payment Gateways (tab) > Stripe Settings (link).
First, find the webhook listed on the page just below where you connected your Stripe account.
Copy the URL listed and go to your Stripe account dashboard. Find the “Developers” link in the menu and navigate to the “webhooks” section. Choose “Add Endpoint” and select the latest API version as well as the option to receive all events.
This setup allows your website to properly communicate with your website to mark a donation complete.
Now, go back to your WordPress dashboard on your website to the Give Stripe Settings. Make sure that the “Statement Descriptor” is something that your donors will instantly recognize. The only time they are going to see it is in the context of a card or bank statement, so avoid being cute or clever. It’ll go a long way toward also avoiding charge-backs and fraud complaints.
You can use the rest of the default settings to immediately begin accepting donations, or configure each individually. Once your settings are in place, all you need to do is save them. Then, enable the gateway using the checkbox on the main Payment Gateways settings section. Now you can choose Stripe as the default payment gateway for your donation form!
Step 3: Create Your Donation Form
If you don’t already have a donation form set up to use with your Stripe Gateway, create one now. If you need help learning how to set up a donation form, visit our documentation.
Activating Stripe in the global payment gateway settings will automatically turn on Stripe as a possible gateway for all your existing forms.
Step 4: Test Your Stripe Donations
Before accepting live donations with Stripe, it’s imperative that you use Give’s Test Mode to test the procedure and account for all possible outcomes. Read more about Test Mode in the documentation.
Connecting to Stripe using the blue button on the Give dashboard means that by default you are set up for both Test Mode and live donations. To test, toggle Give into Test Mode by going to
Donations > Settings > Payment Gateways and activating “Test Mode.”
To test a successful donation, use the following cards:
4242 4242 4242 4242 (use any 3 digit CVC and an expiration date in the future).
To test unsuccessful donations (where Stripe returns an error), use these card numbers:
4000 0000 0000 0127 Charge is declined with an
4000 0000 0000 0069 Charge is declined with an
4000 0000 0000 0119 Charge is declined with a
You can also find more test numbers in the Stripe documentation.
Once you’ve successfully tested Stripe from Give’s side, you can also go and check how the information is handled on Stripe’s side. Simply head to dashboard.stripe.com and log in.
Be sure to toggle the Stripe Dashboard into Test Mode using the toggle on the left-hand column. If you don’t activate this feature, you will not see your test donations from Give.
Step 5: Going Live
Once you’ve configured and tested Stripe, all that’s left is toggling Give into Live Mode by disabling Test Mode. This enables your forms to accept donations with the Stripe payment gateway using active credit cards.
That’s it! You’re ready to accept Stripe donations!
If you need any of the tools and resources mentioned above, you can find them in the Stripe (free) documentation. If you’re looking for more Stripe gateway features, they’re available with the add-on.