Guide to Shopify Donation Apps

When it comes to giving back, it’s all about making it easy for people to feel good. Having a Shopify store means that you automatically have a platform for encouraging donations and promoting your audience to do good. Of course, choosing the best way to give back can always be a bit challenging.

Fortunately, with Shopify, you have plenty of apps to choose from, including many that work with all manner of eCommerce stores and platforms. The types of donations and organizations supported are wide-ranging and plentiful, offering something that everyone can find themselves wanting to get behind.
Yes, we’re at the top of the list with our Shop for Good app, but we also want to recognize some of our other favorites for those of you looking to add a donation feature to your Shopify store.

What Are Shopify Donation Apps?

Shopify donation apps are designed specifically to be integrated with Shopify eCommerce websites. These platforms connect like-minded businesses with charitable organizations and donors around the world, allowing consumers to do good at checkout anytime they make a purchase from their favorite Shopify stores.
This benefits retailers by creating a purpose-driven business that connects with its customers on a much deeper level than a simple retail purchase. It also promotes doing good and giving back, which can help bolster your reputation and improve brand image and customer loyalty, as well.

The Top Shopify Donation Apps for Your List

1. Shop for Good

Shop for Good is a unique platform that allows business owners to have up to seven donation-based marketing campaigns that can provide various donations for charity. There are options like rounding up a purchase to the nearest dollar at checkout, getting a discount for a donation, and allowing customers to choose the charity that gets their donation. There are metrics and analytics to help the shopify store track their campaigns and show the increase in customer loyalty (and more) that results.

Pricing: Several plans for businesses of all sizes

Learn More about Shop for Good

2. DonateMate

DonateMate is an app that can allow customers to choose the amount they donate, which is then added to their cart total. It’s a great simple tool for small shops and new stores that are looking for a quick, easy way to contribute to charity.

Pricing: Free, paid plans start at $10 per month

Learn More about DonateMate

3. One Tree Planted

This eCommerce donation app is a great choice for eco-conscious brands and consumers. The app allows people to donate $1 to plant one tree and works during the checkout process so that everything is integrated into one total and there’s no after-checkout process. Plus, the donation goes right to the charity, so you don’t have to worry about the accounting.

Pricing: Free

Learn more about One Tree Planted

4. Crowd Funding

If you’re launching new products, this app is a great way to collect donations from investors and potential customers that believe in your mission and goals. You can find detailed analytics to monitor your campaigns and a rewards management platform for the donors.

Pricing: From $15 per month

Learn more about Crowd Funding

5. Easy Donation

This app is great for picking charities from just one or two donation options. For those who are just starting out, it’s a great way to get into supporting a good cause of their choosing and there’s even a way to use it without having to sell a product. Therefore, customers can just donate freely if they desire. It’s on the checkout page and easy to find, but you also have to make sure that you deposit the money accordingly, which can mean more work.

Pricing: Starts at $6.99 per month

Learn more about Easy Donation

6. St. Jude

St. Jude’s has been collecting donations for decades, utilizing everything from telethons and radio-thons to modern resources like digital marketing and now, eCommerce donation apps. Their St. Jude donation app makes it easy for your customers to donate to the organization from your Shopify store.

Pricing: Free

Learn more about the St. Jude app

7. Share the Love

This general-purpose donation app lets your customers choose which good cause they want to donate to and how much they’d like to contribute. You can even choose whether donations are made on a percentage or flat-rate basis.

Pricing: Starts at $6 per month

Learn more about Share the Love

8. Donation Pop

Donation Pop is another app that lets your customers choose a charity. This time, though, it’s from a selection that you’ve chosen, and it will pop up during on the cart page so that people can donate at checkout if they desire. It’s affordable, easy, and includes a free plan, too.

Pricing: Free, paid plans start at $9.99 per month

Learn more about Donation Pop

9. Sprout: Plant Trees Grow Sales

This is another great app for eco-conscious brands. It allows you to collect donations to plant trees and you can even count the trees on your website to show people how much has been donated. You can choose from specific product sales or total purchase amounts for donations, too.

Pricing: Free

Learn More about Sprout

10. Donate Source

This donation app is easy to add to your Shopify store, giving people the opportunity to choose an amount or type in a custom donation. It connects to plenty of charitable organizations and has a free plan, as well as a free trial. It’s also affordable even if you choose a paid plan.

Pricing: Starts at $2.99 per month

Learn more about Donate Source

How to Choose the Right Shopify Donation App

It will be important to review the options that you have for donations and find the apps that best suit your business and goals. If you want to donate to a specific charity, you can search for them specifically in the Shopify app store. You can also just search for “donation apps” and watch how many results come up. There are more than a dozen different apps and tools you can incorporate and that will allow you to encourage your customers to donate to hundreds of different charitable causes.

Choosing the right app includes:

Picking a cause that is relevant or important to your business and/or your customers. The more important an issue, the more people will be willing to give. Plus, if it’s related to your industry, it fits better and makes people want to consider helping.

Comparing the features and costs of each app to determine what fits your needs. There is so much to choose from, and you can even get a lot out of the available free apps, so don’t sell those short.

Evaluate your needs and budget and then compare that to the options available. This will ensure that you are getting an app that will deliver what you want without breaking the bank. It will also ensure that you don’t waste time on apps that don’t work.

Some trial and error, in many cases. You may need to check out different apps and see how they work or whether they get the attention of your customers. You can always download different ones until you find what you like.

The Bottom Line

It’s never been easier for your ecommerce store to give back than it is with the selection of donation apps available today. At Daily Karma, we’re always happy to help your store make an impact on the greater good. Choose our Shop for Good Shopify app, or any of the others on this list, and you’ll be on your way to donating and making a social impact in no time.

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