Charitable – Donation Plugin


Charitable is the donation plugin that gives you everything you need to start accepting donations today, for free. Designed to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, Charitable allows non-profits and developers to create powerful fundraising platforms on their own website.

Free Features

Unlimited Campaigns

  • Create as many fundraising campaigns as you need.
  • Set goals for your campaigns.
  • Create time-sensitive campaigns that end automatically when they’re finished.
  • Inherits your theme’s styles for seamless integration.

Customizable Donation Forms

  • Provide suggested amounts, allow people to donate as much as they want, or do both.
  • Load donation forms in a modal, on a separate page, or on the same page as the campaign.
  • Shorten your donation forms by just showing required fields.
  • Embed a donation form on any page.

PayPal & Offline Payment Support

  • Easy PayPal setup. Add your PayPal address and you’re done.
  • Customize your offline donation instructions.
  • More payment gateways available as paid add-ons.

Donation Management

  • Create and edit donations in the dashboard. No add-on necessary.
  • Resend donation emails.
  • Sort and search donations in the dashboard.
  • Export a CSV report of donations.

Customizable Emails

  • Automated donation receipt.
  • Offline donation receipts with payment instructions.
  • Admin notifications when people donate or campaigns end.
  • Password reset & email verification messages.

Why We Made Charitable

We built Charitable because we were tired of seeing non-profits use hosted fundraising platforms that charge hefty fees and strip them of the ability to brand & control their donation pages. Other WordPress donation plugins existed, but they missed important functionality or were poorly supported, leaving non-profits to choose between expensive platforms or plugins lacking the features they really needed.

So we created & launched Charitable in 2015 as a feature-rich, affordable WordPress alternative to hosted fundraising platforms. With Charitable, we won’t charge you any transaction fees for the donations you receive, and you can use the core Charitable plugin for free, forever. We support Charitable’s development through extension purchases, which add extra features.

Two years on, we still actively develop and support Charitable, which is trusted by over 10,000 non-profits all over the world.

Popular Upgrades

Looking for more functionality? Our paid extensions give you the flexibility and features you need to grow your fundraising.

Recurring Donations

  • Generate reliable income for your non-profit.
  • Increase the lifetime value of donors.
  • Integrated seamlessly with our PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.Net and PayFast payment gateways.

Peer to Peer Fundraising

  • Front-end campaign submission form.
  • Allow your supporters to create fundraising campaigns for your organization.
  • Grow your reach exponentially through your supporters’ network of friends and family.

Crowdfunding Platforms

  • Front-end campaign submission form.
  • Allow people to create campaigns for personal causes.
  • Pay them automatically using Stripe Connect.

Premium Payment Gateways

Email Marketing & Newsletter Integration

  • MailChimp
  • Campaign Monitor
  • Mailerlite
  • MailPoet
  • Mailster

More Extensions

Ready to upgrade?

Join our community

When you download Charitable, you are joining over 10,000 other non-profits, developers and fundraising professionals across the globe. We regularly cast a spotlight on the amazing things people in the Charitable community are doing in our newsletter and social media.

Developers, we would love to invite you to join us in creating the most powerful fundraising plugin! Get started as a contributor on our GitHub repository.

Using Charitable in a language other than English? Help us make Charitable better for you by contributing to the translation project in your language.


  • Creating a campaign.
  • A campaign running on Twentyfifteen (the default WordPress theme).
  • A grid of campaigns, added using the [campaigns] shortcode.
  • Setting up Charitable: The General settings area.
  • Setting up Charitable: The Payment Gateways settings area.
  • Setting up Charitable: The Email settings area.


  1. Upload charitable.php to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Go to Charitable > Add Campaign to create your first campaign!


Installation Instructions
  1. Upload charitable.php to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Go to Charitable > Add Campaign to create your first campaign!
I don’t want to send my donors to PayPal. How can I accept donations right on my site?

You can accept donations with the Offline Donations gateway, which allows your donors to create a donation and make the payment via cheque or bank transfer (you can display your payment details to them).

You can also accept credit card donations with the Stripe extension. If you want to use a different payment gateway, let us know.

How do I add a grid of campaigns to my page?

Easy. Just add [campaigns] into your page content. Read more.

Does Charitable support recurring donations?

Yes. Recurring donations support is possible with our Recurring Donations extension.

How do I get support?

You can post in the support forum or reach us via our support form.


recent issue warning

Whilst we like wpcharitable we have recently needed to disable it due to weaknesses in security enabling bot attacks.

Hopefully this can be resolved in a prioritised update.

Absolutely awesome plugin and extensions with outstanding support

The plugin and extensions have done pretty much everything my client was looking for. But I have to say the support has been phenomenal! These guys go above and beyond answering questions and providing links to snippets and other useful information to help resolve issues.

I would definitely recommend the plugin for donations!!

F***ing Amazing!

I manage the English website and fundraising for an international non-profit.

This plugin is literally 20x cheaper than what we were paying for Classy’s service. At double the price it would be a bargain.

There are some tweaks I’d like to see, but on the whole, I can’t praise the Charitable team enough for their amazing plugin.

I’m truly excited to see what the future holds for this plugin.

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Contributors & Developers

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  • FIX: Prevents an endless loop in the donor id upgrade process added in version 1.6.5. In certain cases, the upgrade could not complete properly.


  • NEW: Added meta_query and date_query support to Charitable_Donations_Query and Charitable_Donor_Query. #615 and #614
  • NEW: Added charitable_get_campaign_creator_field helper function to retrieve meta information about a campaign creator given a campaign ID and a key. Designed to be used with the Campaign Fields API.
  • NEW: Added charitable_donor_contact_consent_changed hook to broadcast when a donor has updated their contact consent setting.
  • NEW: Added a multi-select field for admin forms. #609
  • NEW: Added a Customizer control for select fields with optgroups. #610
  • FIX: Fixed an error that resulted in a database error when adding donations in certain conditions. This only occurred on sites that upgraded to version 1.6.0 – 1.6.4 without running the database upgrade, and could result in donations being prevented or in donations being recorded without a donor record. This version resolves this bug, and also adds an upgrade routine to retroactively add donor records for all donations missing one. #616
  • FIX: Help text for End Date & Goal fields were swapped. #606
  • FIX: Browser security warning when doing a donation in the PayPal sandbox. #604
  • FIX: Prevent time-outs in AJAX requests to process donations.


  • FIX: Fixed a fatal error triggered during donations when using a previous version of WordPress. #603


  • FIX: Fixed bug that prevented donation form from submitting in certain cases when using Stripe or Authorize.Net alongside another payment gateway. #601


  • NEW: Allow donors to manage their contact consent preference via the Profile form. #591
  • NEW: Include terms and conditions, privacy policy and contact consent checkbox in Registration form. #599
  • NEW: Include donor’s contact consent status in Donations export. #590
  • NEW: Show whether contact consent was given in donation details. #589
  • NEW: Added “User Privacy” and “Terms and Conditions” sections to the Charitable Customizer panel. #592
  • NEW: Added the required attribute to all required form fields. #595
  • FIX: Prevent donors from changing their profile email to same as existing donor. #596
  • FIX: Fixed array_combine PHP warning in donation form. #593
  • FIX: Misspelt function name in Donation Field Registry class. #594
  • FIX: Improved inline documentation for PayPal API fields. #587 and #588


  • FIX: Cleans up a fatal error in the previous release in certain versions of PHP.


  • NEW: Added Terms and Conditions section to the donation form with privacy notice, terms and conditions checkbox and marketing consent checkbox. #558
  • NEW: Added Privacy Policy snippets for policy page builder in WordPress 3.9.6. #557
  • NEW: Included Charitable donation and donor data in user data erasure, with additional settings to control when data can be erased. #551 & #556
  • NEW: Included Charitable donation and donor data in user data export. #550
  • NEW: Added “Customize” link to the Charitable menu to expose Customizer options. #559
  • NEW: Added checkbox to the donation form to get donor consent to being contacted. #420
  • NEW: Added a [charitable_stat] shortcode. #23
  • NEW: Automatically refund donations in PayPal (more gateway support coming soon). #269
  • NEW: Added campaign export report. #529
  • NEW: Added Campaign Fields API. #530
  • NEW: Added a “meta” section within the “Your Details” donation form section. #495
  • NEW: Added ability to register new sections in forms through fields APIs. #541
  • NEW: Added Charitable REST API namespace in preparation for Gutenberg. #542
  • NEW: REST API: Added /reports/ REST API endpoint. #543
  • NEW: Added informed consent notice to Licenses settings page. #547
  • NEW: Added the ability to enter different PayPal addresses for live and testing (sandbox). #517
  • FIX: Improved underlying structure of the Campaign Settings meta box. #531
  • FIX: Support creating manual donations without an email address. #535
  • FIX: Added way to re-check license expiry dates in case of license renewal. #477
  • FIX: Prevent donation forms from displaying publicly for unpublished or inactive campaigns. This includes the Donate widget. #276.
  • FIX: Removed “Change Status” toggle in Donation management page. Status changes are included in the Donation Actions meta box. #579
  • FIX: Bug that treated dates differently in the Donations Filter and Export. #546


  • SECURITY FIX: Prevent unauthorized users from accessing the user and donation details of previous donations through an exploit. See our blog for a post in the coming days.
  • FIX: Avoid duplicate donations when a donation fails and is re-attempted by the donor. #173


  • FIX: In some cases, when a custom donation field is registered, it was left blank in donation receipts & other donation emails. This occurred with regular PayPal donations as well as recurring donations through Stripe, and most probably with other payment gateways as well. #540
  • FIX: A previous update broke the way required checkboxes in donation forms and other forms worked. When a required checkbox is not checked, the form should not submit. This was broken, but is now fixed. #539


  • FIX: In some themes, campaign pages displayed the campaign description and summary block twice. This has been fixed. #536
  • FIX: Prevent a fatal error related to the Endpoint interface in certain environments. #534
  • FIX: Tweaked admin styles to avoid select fields getting cropped in some browsers. #516
  • FIX: Check for type of donation before displaying receipt to avoid clash with Recurring Donations. #510


  • FIX: Preserve pre-existing donor data when editing donations. #526
  • FIX: Flush donation cache when transferring a donation from one campaign to another campaign. The stats of both the old and new campaigns should be updated automatically. #527
  • FIX: Improved the way the Javascript is structured to ensure better compatibility with pages containing multiple donation forms. In one specific scenario (using Stripe with Stripe Checkout enabled) this could prevent donation forms from processing on these pages.


  • FIX: Ensure that campaigns without end dates are saved with the correct value of 0 for the end date meta field. #524


  • NEW: Added Charitable_Campaign_Processor class in preparation for new version of Charitable Ambassadors.
  • NEW: Added Charitable_Data_Processor class in preparation for new version of Charitable Ambassadors. This will also be used eventually by other forms in Charitable core.
  • NEW: Allow Charitable_Deprecated class to be extended by plugins. #503
  • NEW: Added support for showing helper text in Charitable’s admin forms/meta boxes. #511
  • FIX: Tweaked Donor role in Charitable, ensuring it does not take away permissions from users who are already registered. #522
  • FIX: Ensured that custom donation fields with a checkbox are correctly saved. #500
  • FIX: Improved styling of links within frontend Charitable notices. #519
  • FIX: Always direct the donor to the main donation form when they submit the Donate widget. #515
  • FIX: Made sure the Charitable loading gif has a transparent background to avoid display issues. #518
  • FIX: Fixed a bug that broke the filtering of donations by date in the admin donations table in some non-English languages. #506
  • FIX: Remove the “Send an email receipt…” checkbox when adding donations manually if the donation receipt email is disabled. #490
  • FIX: Preserve redirection URL when proceeding to registration page from login page. #504
  • FIX: Allow charitable_template_from_session to receive a different class name, to allow extensions to re-use it. #509
  • FIX: Removed object caching for admin list of pages; we’re using a single-request cache instead. #505
  • FIX: Added namespace to Charitable icons to avoid clashes with other plugins/themes, including Redux. #499
  • FIX: Re-order Forgot Password, Reset Password and Registration endpoints. #502
  • FIX: Avoid fatal error with A2 Optimized fork of W3TC. #496
  • FIX: Ensured that filters run as expected when checking what the current endpoint is. #501


  • FIX: Updated the data that is sent to PayPal to provide better compatibility with IPNs.


  • NEW: Added a new optional masonry layout for the [campaigns] shortcode. To use it, just add masonry=1 to the shortcode. #326
  • NEW: Additional donor meta like their address and phone number are automatically populated when a new manual donation is created for someone who donated previously. #472
  • NEW: Allowed email verification to be disabled for registrations. With this off, the email verification process can still be initiated by the donor from the My Donations page (i.e. the output of [charitable_my_donations]). #482
  • NEW: Added the username in the output of [charitable_profile]. #325
  • FIX: Resending the offline donation notification for admins previously sent the regular donation notification instead of the offline one. Bug squashed. #481
  • FIX: When custom donations are turned off, donors could proceed through the donation form without selecting a suggested amount. This is fixed now. #478
  • FIX: Prevented errors when overriding template functions. #488
  • FIX: For Charitable customers, correctly show lifetime licenses as having no expiry. #479
  • FIX: The Donors widget only showed the 10 most recent campaigns. It now correctly shows all. #480
  • FIX: Improved inconsistencies in the way shortcodes are set up under the hood. #454
  • FIX: Fixed an issue with the custom donation amount input extending outside the edge of the donate widget in the Storefront theme (and possibly other themes). #488


  • NEW: Allow a default donation amount to be set via the charitable_default_donation_amount filter. #470
  • NEW: Made the list of resendable donation emails a filterable list, using the charitable_resendable_donation_emails filter. #476
  • FIX: Fixed an incorrect PayPal URL that prevented IPNs from working correctly.
  • FIX: Prevents Charitable from co-opting the forgot password page in WooCommerce. #473
  • FIX: Minor styling update to improve theme compatibility for [campaigns] display. #475


  • FIX: Fixes fatal error in the campaign submission form in Ambassadors. #471


  • NEW: You can now display campaign categories or tags in a dropdown through the Campaign Categories / Tags widget. #408
  • NEW: The donation status is now shown in the output of [charitable_my_donations]. #287
  • NEW: Added Charitable_Donation_Log class as a single purpose class designed to interact with all log entries related to a donation.
  • NEW: Users with the edit_products capability can now access the WordPress dashboard. This improves compatibility with Easy Digital Downloads and WooCommerce. #468
  • NEW: Added index to the donor_id column in the charitable_campaign_donations table. Prevents a sub-optimal query using a full table scan. #465
  • NEW: Added unsigned to columns in both the charitable_campaign_donations and charitable_donors tables.
  • NEW: Removed the PayPal sandbox test tool. This can now be downloaded separately as a utility plugin from GitHub. #418
  • FIX: Set site base country as default for Country field in Donation Form. #463
  • FIX: Fixed SQL error in donor count queries. #467
  • FIX: Avoid fatal error when adding certain shortcodes to pages while Yoast SEO is installed. #387
  • FIX: Also avoided similar fatal errors when running the Relevanssi build index. #397
  • FIX: Improved backwards compatibility. The solution added in 1.5.1/1.5.2 did not work in all cases. #469
  • FIX: Prevent WP Super Cache caching pages that should not be cached (login, donation form, forgot password, etc.). #398


  • FIX: Properly handles differing site date formats when editing donations. #461


  • NEW: Automatically set a user’s display name to their name when they update their profile through Charitable. #437
  • NEW: Adds a third parameter to the charitable_template function allowing extension developers to leverage this function. #451
  • NEW: Allow email send logs to be saved in user meta as well as post meta.
  • FIX: Cleans up problems with themes like Charity Home and Giving Hand that yesterday’s fix didn’t quite solve.
  • FIX: You can now specify a comma-separated list of categories or tags in the [campaigns] shortcode to include campaigns from multiple categories/tags. #452
  • FIX: Improves the layout of the campaign summary block on mobile. Kudos to @kkoppenhaver for his contribution. #315


  • FIX: Resolves a backwards compatibility problem that we had not accounted for. This specifically affected users of certain themes, including (but probably not limited to) Charity Home and Giving Hand.


  • NEW: Added a [charitable_donation_form] shortcode. Display a campaign’s donation form anywhere like this: [charitable_donation_form campaign_id=123]. #136
  • NEW: Added a [charitable_donors] shortcode. #129
  • NEW: Create and edit donations in the WordPress dashboard. No more adding mock donations through the Offline payment method. You can easily change donor details, add notes or change the amount/campaign of the donation. #18, #241, #172
  • NEW: Resend receipts & admin notifications for donations from the WordPress dashboard. #165
  • NEW: Added new emails specifically for Offline donations. You can now set up an admin notification and donation receipt that are sent for Offline donations while they are still pending. Also added [charitable_email show=offline_instructions] email field to include the Offline payment instructions in Offline donation receipts. #33, #324
  • NEW: Added email verification step to donor registration. After email verification is complete, donors are automatically able to see all donations they made under the same email address. #385, #409, #222
  • NEW: Added [charitable_logout] shortcode. A logout link is also shown on login and registration forms when the user is logged in. #431
  • NEW: Added Donation Fields API for easy registering of custom donation fields. #402
  • NEW: Added Form View API to separate how forms are rendered from how they are set up. #401
  • NEW: Added Endpoints API to provide developers with an infrastructure for registering custom endpoints in Charitable. #306
  • NEW: Added Charitable_Email_Fields class for registering email fields and getting their values in emails. #393
  • NEW: Added charitable_minimum_donation_amount filter to easily change the minimum donation amount. #298
  • NEW: Added can_receive_donations() method to the Charitable_Campaign class. The return value can be filtered with the charitable_campaign_can_receive_donations, providing a programmatic way to mark certain campaigns as no longer being able to receive donations. #447
  • NEW: Added an autoloader. Kudos to @helgatheviking. #404
  • NEW: The Forgot Password & Reset Password pages will automatically inherit the page template of their parent page (i.e. the Login page). #379
  • NEW: Added a count option to the Charitable_Query class, providing an easy way to user the query classes to get the number of donations, donors, etc. #322
  • NEW: Added charitable_monetary_amount filter to tweak how monetary amounts are formatted. #308
  • NEW: Added charitable_sanitize_value_{$section}_{$key} filter to sanitize individual settings fields. #352
  • NEW: Added basic styling for the datepicker form field. #317
  • NEW: Improved the Campaigns table in the admin to provide more helpful information at a glance, such as the current campaign status, end date and total funds raised. #417
  • NEW: Removed deprecated PayPal variables (cbt and no_note). Kudos to @bscottx. #413
  • FIX: Sessions have been improved to work alongside full page caching solutions like Varnish. Previously these caused problems with things like the donation receipt becoming inaccessible to donors after they donated. #383
  • FIX: Avoid creating records in wp_options for sessions that have no data. #399
  • FIX: Significantly improved the speed of Charitable settings pages. #236
  • FIX: The thousands separator for currencies can now be set to None, which will result in no spaces/commas/decimals appearing in large numbers such as 100000. #448
  • FIX: The donation log now displays log times in local time, not UTC. #446
  • FIX: Resolved a database error that broke the donation search function. #407
  • FIX: Changed login prompt text in donation form to something more logical. #384
  • FIX: Close modals with the ESC key. #191
  • FIX: Removed the drag drop field in the picture field on mobile devices. #373
  • FIX: A bug in Mobile Safari broke the picture field. #370, #259
  • FIX: In certain cases, hitting return key in form fields opened a file upload prompt. #363
  • FIX: Uploading more than max uploads to picture field works in certain cases. #376
  • FIX: Display Read More link in campaign loop for expired campaigns. #381
  • FIX: On email or gateway settings pages, provide a link back to the parent settings page. #351
  • FIX: When Stripe Checkout is closed/cancelled, donation form submission afterwards failed. #378
  • FIX: Fixed styling issue in REHub theme. #406
  • FIX: Campaign metabox tabs broke with Social Warfare activated. #364


  • Improve how plugin updates are shown for Charitable extensions. #382


  • Fixed a bug that prevented suggested donations with cents from showing correctly in sites where a comma is used for the decimal separator (i.e. 9,50). #356


  • Added an end time when editing campaigns to make it clearer when a campaign ends. Previously, a campaign’s end time was ambiguous and this caused confusion for some users. #335
  • Add space as a thousands separator for countries where 12 500,00 would be the correct way to format an amount. #332
  • Add campaign edit link as email shortcode option for campaign-related emails. #345
  • Fixed multiple HTML validation issues in Charitable forms and the campaigns widget. #344 and #349
  • Prevent a bug where the donated amount on a campaign is completely wrong after a site changes its decimal/thousands separators. #279
  • Flush the campaign donation cache in popular caching plugins (WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache, WP Rocket and WP Fastest Cache). #186
  • Fixed an error during donation processing that prevented donations when database caching is enabled in W3 Total Cache. #347
  • Improved the way upgrades are run to ensure they are not re-run unneccesarily and store the minimum required information about each upgrade.


  • THANK YOU: Thanks to first-time contributor @qriouslad for his contribution to this release!
  • When using Stripe Checkout, amounts over $999 were sometimes incorrectly sent to the Stripe modal. #339
  • Avoid fatal error in rare instances (only encountered in the Layers theme by Obox) when the donation form scripts are loaded through an admin AJAX request. #340
  • Added support for linking to campaign donated to from donation-related emails. #341
  • Improved i18n for dates.
  • Introduced unit testing for Javascript, using QUnit. Developers, this is only available with the full package download from GitHub.
  • Sanitize result of queries for campaign totals and total number of site donations.
  • Avoid error that happens in situations where Divi and Yoast SEO are both installed alongside Charitable. #316
  • Better formatting of code commenting to improve compatibility with WordPress coding standards.


  • Updated bundled version of WP Session Manager library to latest version (1.2.2).


  • Add recurring donations support to Offline gateway. #329


  • After submitting the donate widget, redirect to the actual donation form on the page. #328
  • Improved compatibility for the donate widget with Recurring Donations.


  • Added tag parameter to the [campaigns] shortcode. #313
  • We cleaned up another bug involving our Easy Digital Downloads Connect extension, which resulted in being unable to set an end date for contribution rules when the campaign doesn’t have an end date. #310
  • Persist un-rendered notices across page loads. #314
  • Hide radio inputs when Javascript is enabled. #312
  • We made some minor improvements to how the donation form submission is processed in Javascript. Needed for improvements to Stripe extension.


  • If you were using our Easy Digital Downloads Connect extension and your site language is not English, you may have had problems with end dates for your benefactor relationships not saving correctly. We’ve fixed up that bug now. #305


  • Corrected a problem that caused newly created/saved campaigns without an end date to stop showing in the [campaigns] shortcode output. #301
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in PayPal donations left as Pending when allow_url_fopen was turned off on the server. #302
  • Avoid displaying the donation form & campaign information outside of the loop (this caused weird issues in the Layers theme). #303
  • Provided a more flexible API for toggling settings based on other setting values.


  • Correctly filter donations by date in the CSV export. This was broken in certain non-English languages. #299
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the custom donation amount from being picked up on sites using our new Recurring Donations extension.


  • Added Ghanaian Cedi and Egyptian Pound to currencies. #288 and #282
  • Remove $wp_version global. #294
  • Miscellaneous accessibility improvements. #291, #292 and #293


  • Removed some code left over from plugin testing.


  • Avoid issues with PayPal IPNs missing the ‘invoice’ parameter in certain cases — likely a bug on the PayPal end. This resulted in donations remaining stuck as Pending. We have reworked how IPNs are processed to avoid reliance on this and avoid further issues. #289
  • Store the PayPal transaction ID for donations after an IPN has been received. #270
  • Add a notice to the donation form when viewed by site admin to remind them that Test Mode is enabled. #233
  • Improve styling for the donation receipt summary. #214
  • Make sure that donor count and donors widget both include donations to child campaigns. #263 and #264
  • Correctly show the donor count in the Donation Stats widget, not the number of donations. #268
  • Show a blank field for formatted addresses in the donation export or admin donation pages when no address details were provided. Previously, the donor’s name was shown. #255 and #256
  • Fix client-side credit card validation. #280
  • Fix issue causing incorrect donation status to be displayed in admin notification email and donation receipt. #261
  • Remove the Licenses tab from the Settings area when you don’t have any extensions installed. #249
  • Miscellaneous other minor, under-the-hood improvements and tweaks.


  • Properly activate Charitable on all sites when it is network activated. Also makes sure that Charitable is correctly installed when a new site is added to a network that has Charitable network-activated. #225
  • Display success messages to the user after settings are updated in the admin. #54
  • Fixes a bug that prevented donations from being displayed in the admin when filtering by campaign. #242
  • Removes PHP warnings that were displayed on the Charitable donations page in the dashboard when there are no donations. #232
  • Changed the hook that the Donation Receipt and Donation Notification emails are sent on from save_post to charitable-completed_donation. #217
  • Added a CHARITABLE_DEBUG constant for error logging. Currently, enabling this only logs the IPN responses that are received from PayPal after donations are made. #229
  • Ensure that the donation form script is always loaded for the campaign donation widget. #239
  • Fixes a bug that prevented the password reset from working correctly. #238
  • Refer to campaigns as campaigns instead of posts in admin update messages. #234


  • The permissions for accessing Donations and Campaigns in the WordPress dashboard has changed. Users who are set up as Campaign Managers can access both Donations and Campaigns, but cannot access Charitable settings. This permission is reserved for admin users. In addition, the manage_charitable_settings permission has been removed from Campaign Managers. #209
  • Fixes the way donations are processed in Javascript to avoid issues when the donation is not processed with AJAX (currently, this is only the case if you’re using the Easy Digital Downloads extension, Pronamic iDEAL or an old version of one of our premium payment gateway extensions). #223
  • Fixes the registration form shortcode, which was being printed out too early on the page. #224
  • Adds a new filter for the list of active payment gateways: charitable_active_gateways. See Charitable_Gateways::get_active_gateways().
  • Three new methods have been added to the Charitable_Donation abstract class: get_donation_type() retrieves the type of donation; get_donation_plan_id() returns the ID of the recurring donation plan (to be used by the Recurring Donations extension); get_donation_plan() returns the recurring donation object. PR #215
  • Export files now include the type of export (note: this does not work if you are on PHP 5.2). #200
  • The custom parameter for PayPal donations now accepts a JSON string. PR #198


  • Resolves a new issue related to the donation form validation introduced in version 1.4.3, which prevented the donation widget form from being submitted. #221 and #205
  • Fixes a bug that resulted in logged in users who had never made a donation being able to see a list of all donations with the [charitable_my_donations] shortcode. No personal donor data was displayed, and the donation receipts remained inaccessible to the users. All they could see was the date of the donation, the campaign donated to and the amount of the donation. #220 and #205


  • Added a new sandbox testing tool to allow you to test your PayPal donation flow. If you’re using PayPal, you should test this as soon as you can to avoid disruption, as PayPal is making some security upgrades to its platform which may cause problems for certain sites. Read more about how PayPal’s upgrades will affect you
  • Added honeypot form validation for the donation form and registration, password reset, forgot password and profile forms. This is an anti-spam measure designed to prevent fake donations from being created by bots.
  • Prevent donations from being created if an invalid email address or payment gateway is used.
  • Ensure that client-side validation is always performed for donations, even when the gateway integration has not been updated for compatibility with the AJAX-driven donations introduced in version 1.3. The only gateway that we know of that falls into this category is Pronamic iDEAL, so this is a nice update if you are using Pronamic iDEAL.


  • Added a link to the registration form from the login form and vice versa. #204 and #205
  • Included two new parameters in the [charitable_registration] shortcode: redirect sets the default page that people should be redirect to after registering, and login_link_text sets the text of the login link (see above). #208 and #205
  • Also included a new parameter in the [charitable_login] shortcode: registration_link_text sets the text of the login link (see above). #204
  • Added a column for the campaign creator to the campaigns page in the WordPress dashboard. #166
  • Added three new fields that can be displayed in donation-related emails, like the donation receipt or admin notification: the total amount donated, the campaign(s) that received the donation and the categories of the campaign(s) that received the donation. #202 and #203
  • Made sure that setting the order parameter in the [campaigns] shortcode works with lowercase and uppercase. ASC, DESC, asc and desc are all valid options now. #206
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the campaign end date from saving when using Charitable in a non-English installation. #201
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the comments section from appearing on campaigns when modal donations were enabled. #210
  • Fixed a bug that caused a PHP warning when trying to use the site_url email shortcode parameter in emails.


  • The donor address is split over multiple columns in the donation export. #194
  • In certain cases, credit card validation was getting triggered for non-credit card donations (i.e. PayPal or Offline). This bug has been fixed. #189
  • After a donor makes a successful donation is made, their session is cleared as expected. #181
  • Pending and draft campaigns are now included in the filtering options on the Donations page. #187
  • The Bolivian Boliviano currency (BOB) has been added. #193


  • Added the [charitable_my_donations] shortcode. Use this shortcode to allow logged in users to view a history of their donations, including links to the donation receipts. #14
  • Scale the campaign grid gracefully when viewing on smaller screens. The [campaigns] shortcode now supports a responsive paramater, which is enabled by default. You can set it to a specific px/em amount to change the breakpoint, or set it to 0 to disable responsive styling. #88
  • Also provided appropriately responsive styling for suggested donation amounts on small screens. #159
  • Added client-side validation for the donation form. This checks whether donors have filled out all the required fields, whether they’re donating more than $0 (because seriously, a $0 donation won’t go far :)) and whether they have used a valid credit card (if you’re using our Stripe or Authorize.Net extensions). #176 and #63
  • Added a password reset process to provide a complete user-facing login and registration workflow. #89
  • Include an order paramater for the [campaigns] shortcode, to reverse the direction in which campaigns are displayed. #64
  • Allow campaigns in the [campaigns] shortcode to be ordered by any of the orderby options for WP_Query.
  • Added drag and drop support for the Picture form field, which is used in the User Avatar and Ambassadors extensions. #111
  • Improved how the plugin checks for updates to Charitable extensions, to keep the WordPress dashboard running smoothly. #133
  • Added a charitable_create_donation() function for developers who want to create donations programatically. #109
  • Added a new Charitable_Donations_Query class, which can be used by developers to retrieve donations from the database. #155
  • Added a new Charitable_Deprecated class, which is used to record any incorrect usage of Charitable functions or methods.
  • Switched to using the built-in edit.php admin page for listing Charitable donations, instead of relying on a custom admin page with a custom posts table. While there, we also simplified the interface and added colour-coding to the donation statuses. #110
  • Include the donor’s phone number, address and the payment method in the donations export CSV. #154
  • When multiple gateways are enabled, the default one is listed first in the donation form. #139
  • Automatically cancel a donation when the donor returns from the gateway before completing it. This works with PayPal, PayUMoney and PayFast. #90 and #117
  • Added a Charitable_Donor::__toString() method, so that echoing the object simply prints out the donor name.
  • Added charitable_sanitize_amount() function to convert any amount of type string into a float.
  • Trim the currency symbol from monetary amounts to prevent the symbol being treated as part of the amount. #145
  • Trim the currency symbol from the suggested donation amounts when saving a campaign. #147
  • When a donation fails and the user is redirected back to the donation form, they can re-attempt the same donation. Previously, a new donation would have been created, leaving a phantom pending donation behind. #106
  • Prevent duplicate donations caused by clicking the donate button repeatedly. #164
  • Fixed a bug related to empty content in the Layers theme. #9


  • Makes Charitable_Currency::get_currency_symbol() a publicly accessible method.
  • Allow email shortcode values to be dynamically generated without being registered first. This simplifies the process of displaying dynamic data within emails if there is no existing shortcode output for it. #134
  • Provide a consistent api for determining the status of a campaign. Developers can use $campaign->get_status_key() (where $campaign is a Charitable_Campaign object) to check whether a campaign is inactive, ended, ended and successfully funded, ended and not successfully funded, ending soon, or active.
  • Reset the positioning and styling of the modal when window or modal change in size. This prevents the modal from growing larger than the size of the window without having scrollbars. #135


  • Prevented campaigns being created with no suggested donation amounts and custom donations disabled. This results in $0 donations. #127
  • Fixed errors when exporting donations with errors set to display. #128
  • Deprecated Charitable_Email::return_value_if_has_valid_donation() method, since this was completely broken and should not be used.


  • Added is_preview() method to Charitable_Email class.
  • Added get_donations() method to Charitable_Donor class.
  • Improved custom post status labels.
  • Only include completed payments in the Donation Statistics dashboard widget, for the period summaries.
  • Fixed PHP notices in email previews.
  • Deprecated Charitable_Session::get_session_id(). We are no longer using a public session ID.


  • Added selective refresh support for Charitable widgets.
  • Added support for passing multiple campaign IDs to campaign donation queries. #112
  • Fixed a bug where donors without a completed donation were included in the donor count in the Donation Stats widget. #114
  • Fixed a bug that incorrectly set the from address for emails to always be the site email address, instead of using the provided settings. #113
  • Fixed a bug that stopped the cron scheduler from being activated in any new installs.
  • Fixed display issues in the Charitable settings area with number fields.
  • Deprecated usage of shortcode_atts() for the email shortcode, in favor of wp_parse_args(). If you relied on the shortcode_atts_charitable_email filter, this will no longer do anything and you should test & update your code.


  • Fixes a bug that prevented donors being able to access their donation receipts after making their donation.
  • Flush rewrite rules after installation to avoid “Page not found” errors.


  • Fixed a bug that turned comments off everywhere. #104
  • Added a better fallback for donations for users with Javascript enabled, when using the modal donation forms. #60
  • Avoid sending donation notifications & receipts multiple times when a donation’s status is toggled on/off Paid. #96
  • Donate button in campaign grids links to the campaign page when the donation form is set up to show on the same page as the campaign. #107
  • Fixed a bug that caused invalid shortcode options to show for custom emails sub-classing Charitable_Email. #95


  • APOLOGIES: 1.3.0 introduced a couple of bugs that we failed to pick up on before releasing the update. We have fixed those bugs now and are working on improving the process around how we push out updates, to avoid issues like this in the future.
  • Removes leftover testing code that prevented campaigns from being created or edited.
  • Format the donation amount so that PayPal can understand it (PayPal doesn’t like amounts with more than two decimal places). See issue
  • Prevent PHP notice when making a donation. See issue
  • Fixes a bug that prevented the Donate widget from working as expected.


  • THANK YOU: A massive thank you to the following contributors who have contributed to Charitable 1.3: @helgatheviking, @rafecolton, @ciegovolador, @ElStupid and @altatof.
  • NEW: Export donations to CSV via the WordPress dashboard. Go to Charitable > Donations and click on the Export button to generate your report.
  • NEW: Donations are now processed via AJAX, which results in a smoother donation flow, particularly if you’re using modal donations. See issue
  • NEW: Added an id parameter to the [campaigns] shortcode to show just a single campaign’s widget.
  • NEW: Dutch & French translations! Major props to @ElStupid (Dutch translation) and @altatof (French translation).
  • NEW: Added custom body classes for the following templates: donation receipt, donation processing and email preview. All body classes are added via a single function: charitable_add_body_classes().
  • Added ARS currency.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented donations with cents from being stored/displayed correctly when using commas for the currency decimal. See issue
  • Fixed a bug that let to donations being saved with the incorrect donation time. Run the upgrade routines to fix this in all your existing donations.
  • Removed charitable_templates_start hook and deprecated all methods in the Charitable_Templates class. If you were calling any of these directly or using the charitable_templates_start hook, update your application code. All templates are now loaded via a single method: Charitable_Templates::template_loader(). All custom body classes are added via charitable_add_body_classes(). Charitable_Templates::remove_admin_bar_from_widget_template() has been replaced with charitable_hide_admin_bar().
  • Fixes a styling bug that caused the progress bar to extend beyond the campaign widget when more than 100% of a campaign’s has been raised. See issue
  • Fixes a Javascript bug that prevented the $ variable (jQuery) from being defined in certain cases in the admin scripts.
  • Fixes a clash with Cart66.
  • Fixed a bug in modal donation window. See issue
  • Changed the amount column in the wp_charitable_campaign_donations table to a DECIMAL, instead of FLOAT. See issue


  • Updated for compatibility with WordPress 4.4.
  • Improves the API for dealing with the donation processor. Both the charitable_before_process_donation_form and charitable_before_process_donation_amount_form hooks now pass the donation form object as a second parameter.
  • Fixes a bug that prevented you from being able to select the donation amount inside a modal opened via AJAX.
  • Fixes a bug that prevented the donation form display option from being set correctly when changed via the Customizer.
  • Fixes a bug in the form submission handler.


  • NEW: The [campaigns] widget now supports a new button argument, so you can specify whether you would like to show a “Read more” link, a “Donate” button, or nothing at all. See the documentation for details on how to use the new argument.
  • Improved styling for the modal donation form.
  • Added method to retrieve all donation IDs for a particular campaign.
  • Fixes a bug that blocked donations with a dollar sign in the amount field.
  • Fixes a bug that prevented template functions from being “pluggable” in themes.
  • Fixes a bug that stopped the profile form from displaying the user’s saved address fields.
  • Fixes a bug that prevented form submission validating when submitting a value of 0 for required fields.


  • Fixes a bug that prevented the donation form from working correctly when the donor is not logged in.


  • Including missing files from 1.2.0 release.


  • Read the full release notes.
  • NEW: Change the highlight colour via the WordPress Customizer. You can preview your changes as you make them.
  • NEW: There is a shiny new dashboard widget when you log into the WordPress dashboard to highlight your donation stats.
  • NEW: You can now limit the donation form to only display required user fields.
  • NEW: Create a static page with the [donation_receipt] shortcode to customize your donation receipt.
  • NEW: All donation data is now displayed in the admin donation page.
  • NEW: You can now change the campaign creator via the Campaign management page.
  • NEW: Adds a login link to the donation form when donors are not logged in.
  • NEW: When a user is logged in but has not filled out all required fields, they are presented with all the user fields.
  • Removed the ‘charitable_after_update_donation’ hook. To respond to updates to a donation, use the ‘save_post_donation’.
  • Fixed a bug that resulted in [campaigns orderby=popular] to include non-complete donations when determining the order of campaigns.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented donors from receiving their donation receipt after a donation is updated directly on the donation page.
  • Fixes a bug that redirected donors to a “Page Not Found” page after donating on sites where the WordPress address and site address are not the same.
  • Fixes bugs in the Donation Stats and Donors widget that causes them to include pending donations in the total.
  • Fixes a bug in the Benefactors addon that caused fixed contribution amounts to not be saved.
  • Major performance improvements in the WordPress dashboard.
  • Better PHP 5.2 compatibility.


  • Fixes a bug that allowed people to make a donation without entering required details, or with an amount of $0 or less.


  • Fixes a critical bug that resulted in PayPal donations not working if you didn’t have any other gateways installed.
  • Fixes an error when trying to retrieve a donor name for a donation that does not have a matching donor.


  • Enhancement: Added the ability to change the dimensions of the user avatars added using Charitable User Avatar, with a PHP filter function.
  • Fixes an issue where only having one active gateway meant that those gateway’s donation form fields would not show.
  • Fixes a problem with the permalinks structure that prevented you being able to create pages with slugs of “/donate/” or “/widget”.
  • Fixes the WP Editor form field template to prevent the text from being wrapped in HTML tags.


  • Security Fix: Prevent unauthorized users accessing your donation receipt.
  • Fix: Localization with the .po/.mo files now really does work correctly. For real this time.


  • Fix: Emails will now correctly be sent with the body, headline and subject you set, instead of the default.


  • Enhancement: Added a new email that can be sent when a campaign has finished.

  • Fix: Localization with the .po/.mo files now works correctly.

  • Fix: Chrome 45 bug when clicking directly on suggested amount inputs is resolved.


  • Improvement: Using wp_list_pluck instead of array_column for compatibility with versions of PHP prior to 5.5.
  • PHP 5.2 Compatibility: Avoid T_PAAMAYIM_NEKUDOTAYIM error in older versions of PHP.


  • Fix: Added missing file into the repo.


  • Improvement: Moved the user dashboard functionality into the core of the plugin, so that it is always available.
  • Fix: The installation routine now flushes permalinks correctly — no more “Page not Found” problems!


  • Initial release