Support » Plugin: Give - Donation Plugin and Fundraising Platform » Where do I paste the API info?

  • Resolved brittsantowski



    I’m running a give campaign, and it’s all hunky dory so far. BUT, the one person who has paid through paypal got the FAILED message, even though the payment was processed by Paypal.

    I’ve read your documentation. Your page,, says I need to get the API username, password and signature and then just paste them in.

    I’ve got them from my paypal account. Now, where exactly do I paste them? I’ve looked under Settings and under Tools. I can generate a new API for a user who is not me (under Tools > API) but I don’t think that is what helps me.

    Any suggestions on where I can paste these puppies?

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    ### Give Configuration ###

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    ### Session Configuration ###

    Give Use Sessions: Enabled
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    The page I need help with: [log in to see the link]

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  • Plugin Support Ben Meredith


    Hi there!

    I appreciate you reaching out, and for the opportunity to clarify.

    The documentation you linked to is for our Recurring Donations add-on to Give, and the API keys from PayPal are used to be able to process refunds or cancellation of recurring donations.

    You shouldn’t need to worry about those API keys at all.

    For PayPal Standard one-time donations, the only thing you need to do is enter the PayPal email address in the settings at Donations > Settings > Payment Gateways (tab) > PayPal Standard (section).

    Are you able to replicate the error that the donor experienced? If at any point during the donation process once the donor is taken away to PayPal they click to cancel out of it, it delivers them to that failed donation page on your site.

    If the donation is processing correctly at PayPal, when they are returned to the Give site, a part of the return URL contains what is called the Instant Payment Notification from PayPal. That is the method by which your site is updated to know that the donation actually went through at PayPal.

    We wrtoe a fairly exhaustive look at dealing with that IPN and any issues that might result from IPN related issues here:

    I’d recommend going through that document carefully, as I’m fairly confident it will resolve your issues.

    ​Let me know if you need further assistance. ​Thanks for using Give! Have a great day.

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