Connect PayPal as a Payment Gateway

This article describes the process of connecting PayPal as your payment gateway. It’s part of Step 3 in the Quick Start guide.

  Tip: There are three different payment gateways that you can choose from to process donations and sync into your Kindful database: Stripe, Authorize.Net, or PayPal.  


Connecting to PayPal will allow your donors to use their own PayPal accounts to donate to your organization. If you wish to give them the option to checkout with a credit card in addition to PayPal, you will need to set up either Stripe or Authorize.Net as well.


Connecting to PayPal

Log in to Kindful and select Settings on the left sidebar. Click on Fundraising Settings and then click Gateways. On this page, scroll down and you'll see the Sign Up & Connect button under the PayPal logo. 



You’ll be redirected to PayPal. Log in or create a PayPal Business account.


Follow the prompts to either create an account or give permission for Kindful to access PayPal.

After creating or signing into an account, return to and choose Profile, Profile and Settings in the top right corner.

Select My selling tools on the left.



Find the Instant payment notifications option. Select Update on the right.



Read the instructions and select Choose IPN Settings at the bottom.



You'll be prompted for a Notification URL. 



  Note: Only one IPN can be set up at a time in PayPal. If you already have a separate IPN set up, please contact our support team. Please see this support article from PayPal on learning more about IPNs  


You can find this URL in Kindful under Settings > Fundraising Settings > Gateways. 

Find PayPal and click on Settings.



Copy the URL that appears in the window.



Paste the URL into the IPN Settings in PayPal.



Your donors will now see the option to donate via PayPal.



  Note: If you use PayPal as your only payment gateway in Kindful, you will not be able to add a donor’s billing information directly into the system. For example, if you wanted to set up a donation/recurring donation directly from a donor’s profile, PayPal wouldn’t supply you with that donor’s payment information (credit card number). You would need to connect Kindful Payments, Stripe, or for this functionality.  


Still have questions?

Feel free to send our support team an email, or you can call the phone number found in the lower left hand corner of your Kindful Admin account to speak to a team member. 



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