Enable your LGL Forms account to accept PayPal payments

July 10, 2017: This feature is now available in all LGL Forms accounts

To collect donations and other payments through LGL Forms, you need an integrated payment processing account with PayPal, ProPay, or Stripe. This article describes how to set up PayPal as your payment processor. Alternatively, you can read about setting up your payments through ProPay or Stripe.

Note: PayPal requires that you use a business account to set it up as a payment provider for LGL Forms. It is not possible to integrate a personal PayPal account with LGL Forms.

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LGL Forms makes it easy to create and publish online donation forms (or forms that collect payment for other reasons, such as events, membership registration, or membership renewal). LGL Forms is integrated with PayPal, a leading merchant account provider and payment processor.

If you want to collect online donations, you first need to activate payments within your LGL Forms account. To do this, click on the Donations/Payments tab.

Then click the Activate Payments button:

Enter your credit card information

When you enable your LGL Forms account for payment processing the first time, you'll be asked to add your credit card information, which will be used to pay fees on any transactions that are processed (1% of the transaction amount, billed retroactively on a monthly basis).

Create or link a PayPal account

Next, you'll be prompted to set up a payment processor account. Click the Set up PayPal button to proceed with setting up your PayPal account as your payment processor.

You can then either sign up for a PayPal account or sign into an account you already have.

Using PayPal in your forms

Once you've set up your LGL Forms account to process payments via PayPal, you'll be able to set up donation/payment forms. If you have more than one payment processor integrated with your LGL Forms account (such as Stripe or ProPay), then you'll be able to select which one you want to use for each form. 

In this screenshot, we've selected PayPal.

Using PayPal allows your donors to pay using their own PayPal account or via credit card through PayPal. They do not need a PayPal account to pay by credit card, however.

If you would prefer to have your credit card payments processed by a provider other than PayPal, you can set Stripe or ProPay as the payment processor in a form and still add a PayPal option for your donors who would prefer to pay via PayPal. To do this, select Stripe or ProPay as the payment account you want to use (they'll need to be activated in your forms account first), and then check the box to enable PayPal.

What your donors will experience

Donors who complete the first page of your PayPal-enabled form and then click Submit to go to the payment page will see a link to pay on PayPal:

If you've set up your form to use Stripe or ProPay, with the added option of PayPal, your donors will see this type of checkout page, where they can choose whether to pay via credit card or via PayPal:

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