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Many non-profit organizations can benefit from allowing people to make online donations. The Donation asset is an easy way for users to do so, and allows the organization to suggest a default donation amount, while still allowing the user to edit that amount.



  1. Select Donation from the New Content menu to open the Add/Edit Donation screen.



  1. In the “Title” field, enter a title for this asset. This could be the name of the charity to donate to, or some other indication of what this donation is for.

  2. The “Menu Title” is the title of this donation asset as it will appear in the site navigation. You can enter a menu title, or leave it blank and WebGUI will use the title in the “Title” field for this field as well.

  3. The “URL” field is the URL for this asset. You can enter a URL, or you can leave this blank and WebGUI will create one for you.

  4. In the “Description” field you can enter text related to this donation. For example, you can explain why this donation is needed, direct people to additional information, or use the WebGUI Collateral Image Manager to include an image.

  5. The “Thank You Message” is displayed to users once they have added their donations to their carts.

  6. Set display options in the Display tab.


    1. If the “Hide from navigation?” field is set to Yes, the Menu Title of this asset will not appear in the site navigation.

    2. If “Open in new window?” is set to Yes, this asset will open in a new browser window when viewed directly.

    3. If “Display Title?” is set to No, the title of this asset will not appear on the page.

    4. The “Donation Template” is the template used for displaying this asset. If you have a customized donation template, you would choose it here.

8. The Security tab allows you to set the group of users allowed to edit and view this asset. The Owner can always edit and view.

9. The Metadata tab is the default metadata tab common amongst most assets. If you need to add metadata to this asset do so here. Like other SKU assets, metadata keywords may be used to pull this asset from anywhere on the site into a Shelf asset with matching keyword(s) for display. See the chapter on Shelf for more information.

10. In the Shop tab, set the commerce settings for this Donation asset.


    1. The SKU is the stock keeping unit for this donation asset. You can enter a specific SKU, or WebGUI will randomly generate one for you.

    2. The “Vendor” field allows you to select a Vendor, as entered in the admin Shop screen, to which credit can be given for this item.

    3. If “Ships Separately?” is set to Yes, this item will accrue shipping costs separate from other items in the cart. Since this is a donation, and not a physical item, this field can be left at no.

    4. The “Default Price” field allows you to enter a default value that will be entered in the donation field when users view this asset. This can be used to display a suggested donation amount. Users will be able to edit this field and enter their own donation amount if they wish.

    5. The “Override tax rate?” field allows to override the default tax rate for this item. In some areas, tax might not be applicable for charitable donations.

    6. If the “Override tax rate?” field is set to Yes, the “Tax Rate Override” field is where you enter the new percentage used to calculate tax for this item.

11. Click save to place the donation asset on the site.



When users visit the site, they can enter the amount of their donations in the donation field. You can see that the default donation amount will already be displayed. Clicking the Add Donation To Cart button will direct the user to a screen displaying the Thank You message.



Users can click on the View Cart link to be directed to their shopping carts where they can complete the checkout process. The Continue Shopping link will direct users back to the Donation asset.


The Donation asset's functionality extends beyond donations to non-profit organizations. In fact, it doesn't have to be used for donations at all. For example, consider some of the popular online auction sites. The Donation asset provides a way for users to make arbitrary payments. If you have goods for sale via auction on your site, this asset is a good way to provide buyers a mechanism to pay you. Change the asset's Title to something more appropriate, simply “Pay for Items” would suffice, and then alter the Thank You Message to also relate to the asset's new purpose.


In addition, allowing users to make arbitrary credit card payments is helpful for businesses who complete custom projects for clients. For example, an artist may be commissioned to complete a work. Perhaps a deposit is made up front, and then full payment is required once the piece is delivered. Place the Donation asset on a private URL (a Page Layout hidden from the navigation would work) by which to access the Donation asset, and change the asset's title to something like “Pay Your Bill.” Provide the client an invoice and include the private URL on it. Then, the client can come out to the site and pay via credit card.

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