Civist – Petitions and Fundraising


Create and configure your petition directly in your own WordPress. Publish them in a page or post and you are ready to go! Your supporters sign the petition right there, embedded in your website.

Just add a donation form to your petitions to collect SEPA and credit card donations in compliance with EU legislation.

With Civist, you manage your supporters directly in WordPress. Contacts are automatically saved in your mailing list manager. Simple!

Export your contacts and signatures as CSV-files for further processing.


The easiest way of installing the Civist WordPress plugin is to use the built in plugin search of WordPress. Just search for Civist and click the “Install Now” button.

Downloading the plugin and installing it from the ZIP-file is another option. You can always find the current version at WordPress Plugin Directory. To install it:

  • Download the ZIP file
  • Go to the “Plugins” menu in the WordPress dashboard
  • Upload the file
  • Activate the plugin


April 26, 2020
Nowhere on the plugin sheet is the gigantic blows of this plugin for organizations: 300 Dollars + 5% commission per donation from 50,000 signatures !! No but it's just crazy ... Better to launch your own petition site for much cheaper and much more functional than this plugin! You do not really have control over your petitions since the signatures are hosted in the cloud so this means that this plugin also has access to the signatures therefore the personal data of our signatories! We cannot even modify the texts of the plugin ... this plugin deserves to be only free with a 5% commission that's all! Anyway ... for my part I absolutely do not recommend this plugin!
January 30, 2020
I am using Civist in my organization for all of our petitions and it has become the instrumental tool for all of our campaigns. It has very smooth modern design and is customizable enough to meet all your common campaign needs. It has successfully survived even big campaigns with tens of thousands of signatures in a matter of hours and we could easily rely on its functions. The support is very quick and capable of solving all the issues that appeared during the testing phases and the team is open to introduce new integrations and solutions. Definitely the best petition solution on the market.
October 21, 2019
I tried a few different petition plugins that didn't work or the instructions were super-complex or they were taking way too long to figure out. Civist "just worked." I had one thing I couldn't figure out and support answered me the next day -- great for free support. I really like that this plugin is open source and free for regular functionality, and you can pay more if you want more advanced features. It is also great for collecting information and keeping it on your own server so you "own" your own info. It's also been great for low-income not-for-profits I volunteer for and I'm excited to get a more advanced project to try out the paid version on. Thanks, Civist!
October 18, 2019
This petition plugin works has issues when downloading the signatures. It gives you phone number and other task that wasn't called for.Then it says False on the petition signatures. Customer support is that reliable.
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Contributors & Developers

“Civist – Petitions and Fundraising” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Civist – Petitions and Fundraising” has been translated into 6 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Release 7.1.1 – 2020-04-07

  • Petitions and donation forms are now available in Croatian (HR).

Release 7.1.0 – 2020-03-27

  • The fundraising setup and account settings are now using pages provided by Stripe for collecting personal and business information
  • Fundraising is no longer available for users based in Malaysia (MY).

Release 7.0.5 – 2020-03-17

  • A bug was fixed that caused radio buttons’ outline to appear cropped.

Release 7.0.2 – 2020-01-10

Bug Fixes

  • A bug was fixed that caused fundraising registration to fail for some countries.

Release 7.0.0 – 2019-09-11 – Update highly recommended

Feature Additions

  • The fundraising feature is now compliant with the new EU regulations for financial transactions (PSD2/SCA).
  • The fundraising feature now supports additional countries:
    • Estonia (EE)
    • Greece (GR)
    • Latvia (LV)
    • Lithuania (LT)
    • Malaysia (MY)
    • Poland (PL)
    • Slovakia (SK)
    • Slovenia (SI)
  • All translations got an update and some new were added.

Removed Features

  • Customers in the Czech Republic cannot register for fundraising anymore.

Bug Fixes

  • A bug was fixed that caused the cursor to jump to the first field of the next available payment method in a donation form while pressing the tabulator key in the last field of the actual used payment method.
  • A bug was fixed that caused notifications in the petition and donation forms to not be fully visible.
  • A bug was fixed that made it impossible to set the start or end time of a petition.

Release 6.9.0 – 2019-07-25

Feature Additions

  • Preparing the plugin for upcoming changes in EU regulations for financial transactions (PSD2/SCA).
  • Petitions and donation forms are now available in Romanian (RO).
  • Spanish translations got an update and some new were added.

Bug Fixes

  • A bug was fixed that caused an error while signing a petition in very rare cases.
  • Minor fixes for visual problems of the donation form.
  • The donation form shows the amount correctly in a donation form.
  • Using the arrow keys in edge to change the amount no longer causes the value changes to be lost when leaving the field.

Release 6.8.0 – 2019-05-22

Feature Additions

  • Mailchimp is now available as a mailing list provider
  • The Civist Plugin is now available in Spanish (ES)

Release 6.7.0 – 2019-04-25

Feature Additions

  • EU and US customers can now collect donations from supporters in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain with the new payment service KLARNA Pay now (SOFORT).
  • The donation table in the Civist supporter overview now shows the address of the donor for all payment methods that ask for it.
  • A new Civist block for the Gutenberg editor was released. This block makes available four different styling options for your petition forms and new alignment possibilities for all forms.

Bug Fixes

  • A bug was fixed that made it impossible to sign the petition form without reloading it in some rare cases.

Release 6.6.0 – 2019-04-15

Feature Additions

  • EU and US customers can now collect donations from their supporters with P24, a payment service from Poland.
  • Petitions and donation forms are now available in English (GB)

Bug Fixes

  • The shortcode creation after updating a donation form would show a blank screen in some cases
  • Navigating away from the donation form edit page after updating it would show a blank screen in some cases

Release 6.5.0 – 2019-04-10

Feature Additions

  • You can now collect donations from your supporters with Multibanco, a payment service from Portugal.

Release 6.4.2 – 2019-04-04

Feature Additions

  • Improved synchronisation with Mailjet mailing lists
  • [Closed Beta] Improved handling of contact fields for mailing list management with CleverReach

Release 6.4.1 – 2019-03-20

Feature Additions

  • Petitions and donation forms are now available in Norsk Bokmål (NB).

Release 6.4.0 – 2019-03-11 – Update recommended

Feature Additions

  • [Closed Beta] The Civist Widget got a new “Kiosk Mode” that makes it possible to use the petition form for collecting signatures in public places.

Bug Fixes

  • The petition form shows the error message for invalid email addresses again.
  • The value of the donation amount is set to zero if the field is cleared.
  • The signature table in the supporter overview shows 25 signatures per page again, instead of one.

Bug Fixes

  • The donation form shortcode creation after updating the donation form would show a blank screen in some cases
  • Navigating away from the donation form edit page would show a blank screen in some cases


  • The plugin is ready for WordPress 5.1
  • Fundraising is now available in 22 countries, including the US, CA, AU, NZ, CH, HK, SG
  • Donation forms got shorter and have a drastically improved user experience
  • Better localisations and translations for all supported countries


  • Petitions and donation forms are now available in Czech


  • Supporters overview tables UI Improvements for a better experience on smaller screens
  • Petitions can now be configured to hide the “Sign this petition. Become a supporter.” text
  • Petition’s organisation field is now optional and placed after the name fields
  • Translations and wording improvements
  • Fixed an issue where changing payment methods for a donation form would make the preview stop working
  • Fixed an issue where Chrome autocomplete would overlay the country and nationality fields


  • Petitions can now be configured to have an organisation name field
  • Petitions can now be configured to have a phone number field
  • The petition’s comment field is now available to everyone
  • Some UI issues were fixed in the donations table
  • In the supporter’s detailed view, the petition’s link was fixed
  • The petition’s progress bar now respects the configured language


  • Petitions and donation forms can now be embedded using WordPress’s new Block Editor and Gutenberg plugin


  • CleverReach is now available as a mailing list provider in a closed beta
  • Petitions can now be configured to have an optional comment field
  • Improved status indication for identity verification with Stripe fundraising
  • A bug causing the list of supporters to be empty when there are more than 25 supporters on Edge 17 was fixed
  • A bug causing several tables to be empty after changing filters on Edge 17 was fixed


  • Petitions and donation forms are now available in English (United States)
  • Improved setup and configuration of Civist Fundraising


  • A bug preventing changing pages in tables is now fixed


  • Petitions and donation forms can now optionally be configured to use a specific supported language instead of automatically choosing the language based on the browser settings.


  • Civist plugin now requires PHP version 5.6 or newer
  • New and improved setup flow for Civist Fundraising
  • Stripe is now available as a Payment Service for Civist Fundraising as a closed beta
  • The list of all collected donations is now directly accessible from the Civist dashboard
  • Improved shortcode creation for a Petition or Donation form
  • Improved live updates of the petition progress bar
  • Improved handling of the Escape key inside the country field in the petition and donation forms
  • Improved tooltips on touch devices
  • Improved accessibility for the petition and donation forms
  • A bug preventing the petition to load after clicking the confirmation link in rare cases is now fixed
  • A bug preventing Safari users from signing a petition while surfing in private mode is now fixed


  • Petitions and donation forms are now available in Slovak
  • Improved compatibility with uncommon encoding configurations


  • Fixed an issue where users using Safari with the latest iOS version were unable to sign a petition


  • You can now find GDPR related information in the plugin settings
  • Prepare plugin for Civist v5.0.0


  • Fixed a compatibility issue with some older PHP versions


  • Prepare plugin for Civist v5.0.0


  • Fixed an issue that prevented the plugin from working with some WordPress database configurations


  • Fixed an issue where signing a petition would fail with some WordPress themes


  • Petitions and donation forms now available in Korean
  • Fixed an issue where the goal and progress bar of a petition would be visible when a goal for the petition wasn’t defined
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent removing a previously configured goal for a petition


  • You can now insert petitions and donation forms into a post or page using a shortcode


  • Fixed a bug where clicking the Civist button in the post/page editor would do nothing in Internet Explorer 11
  • Fixed a bug where embedding a petition or donation form into a post or page would fail in Internet Explorer 11
  • Fixed a compatibility issue with some plugins that use Webpack


  • Fixed a bug that, in certain cases, had prevented supporters from signing a petition, making a donation, or subscribing


  • Country fields now get pre-filled with the user’s location on petitions and donation forms
  • Fixed a bug while editing a petition or donation form that prevented the preview to update after a previously assigned cover image was removed
  • Fixed a bug that stalled the UI when an error occurred while setting up the fundraising on the WordPress plugin


  • Fix compatibility issue with WordPress 4.9


  • Fix theme incompatibility issue that would prevent a supporter from signing or donating
  • Fix issue where exported signees/subscribers would not be filtered by petition
  • Add missing translation


  • Fixed an issue where inserting petitions and donation forms was not possible if WordPress was not installed on the site root
  • Fixed an UI issue in the insert petition dialog for some specific screen sizes
  • UX improvements


  • Searchable list of all donations now available in the plugin’s supporter management section
  • Donation forms can now be embedded directly into a page or post (independently from a petition)
  • Donation edit screen now has a list of all petitions that the donation form is associated with
  • Petition lists display the associated donation form of a petition
  • Petition lists can be filtered by associated donation forms
  • Petitions and donation forms translated to Dutch, French, Italian, Catalan, Basque and Polish
  • Reconnect function for trouble shouting problems with plugin settings
  • Minor UI improvements


  • Mailjet Integration: bug fix for newsletter subscriptions


  • Translations: German petition and fundraising forms use “Sie” instead of “Du”


  • Update translations


  • New feature: save newsletter subscribers directly to your Mailjet contact lists


  • Petition and donation forms in Spanish and Portuguese


  • Improve compatibility with other plugins
  • UX improvements


  • Fix “connection lost” issue when registering with Civist


  • The initial release (petitions, SEPA / CC fundraising and supporter management)