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


Best Plugin for Petitions

I tried several, and this one is by far: 1. The easiest to add to your website 2. Out of the box email confirmation (using their service) 3. Transparent/GDPR compliant privacy policy which I simply copied and pasted onto my site for my own user notice 4. Easiest for configuring which fields you want your petition signup to display (email, Name, First Name, Country, subscribe, etc)--though I'd love it if there were a comments field too 😉 5. I am having a bit of trouble getting the shortcodes to be responsive, but submitted a question to the support. I did use one of the other support questions and found the response from the plugin author very easy to implement (suppressing number of signers). 6. Only other feedback, I wish there was more documentation about how to manipulate what is shown by the plugin. Super plugin! two thumbs up!!

Great petition plugin, responsive support!

Had a very short lead time to get a petition running on our site. Just needed a straightforward plugin that worked reliably out of the box without a lot of setup or bells & whistles to sort through. Civist served that need perfectly. What's more they responded very rapidly to a couple of changes I needed, replying within a couple of hours and rolling out a version with those updates within a day or so. Helped me meet a scary deadline and I can't say enough about how pleased I am.

Awesome petitions

We've been with Civist from day 1 and it's a pleasure growing with their team. Civist has become our go-to solution for running petitions and owning all the data which is something you don't get on the big platforms. This also makes growing our email lists a lot easier - and our email list has been the key factor for our fundraising efforts. We highly recommend Civist to groups that want to be in control of their data and subscriber growth.

Great plugin! Works fantastic!

I'd using this plugin to collect signatures for several petitioning movements, and it works fantastic, besides being readily available in multiple languages. Thank you and keep up the excellent work!

Excellent service

I had an issue with something and two men David and Frank both replied very quickly and both were of so much help. They were very patient with me as well. Really excellent company. Couldnt be more pleased. I really thought my ordeal was going to take weeks to resolve and it was resolved within an hour. Really top of the line people

An Excellent Petition Plugin

I checked out a few petition plugins and found Civist to be the easiest to use and most comprehensive. The colors of the petition are completely customizable and you can even use a photo for the background. Civist also includes a donation form and helps you setup fundraising! It's a great plugin and the best thing about it? The support offered by the creator of the plugin is excellent! I had a question and the help offered was immediate and comprehensive.
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  • 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)