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Explaining Contributions and Donations


Topics: Getting Started · Contributions
Experience Level: Beginner
December 17, 2019 · 1 min read






The LaterPay Contributions Button is an easy way for you to collect financial support from readers. In the space of a few minutes, you can now install a button on your website, social media feed and/or newsletters that invites contributions from readers with a single click.



You would normally use the Contributions Button if you want to give your readers the opportunity to make voluntary contributions in recognition of your work. As the payment is voluntary this means that there is no paywall or access check to set up (as would be the case with other LaterPay solutions such as single purchases or time passes, etc.). Instead, users can continue to view your entire website - even if they do not make a contribution.



Note: Contributions are not to be confused with Donations. Donations are a voluntary payment that a user can make if they want to show their support for a charity. LaterPay supports the use of the Button for charitable giving, but requires charities to be a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization in order to do so.



There are two primary ways that you can use the Contributions Button:


  • On your website - copy and paste the button on to any page of your website;
  • Via email or social media - links to the Button can be distributed to your audience through email or social media messaging. The link will take users straight to the LaterPay purchasing process without requiring them to first visit your website (we can always direct them back to your site once the purchase is complete)

Contributions are often used as a “post-view” ask: users who reach the end of an article, video or interactive experience are much more likely to pay you for your hard work. If you syndicate your content, the Contribution Button stays with the content itself.


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