Tallycoin Fundraising & Crowdfunding with Bitcoin and Lightning
Tallycoin is a crowdfunding or fundraising platform to accept donations via Bitcoin and Lightning.
You can get Bitcoin donations through the Tallycoin platform or by embedding them on your own website.
If you want to raise funds for a project, then you can present the project on Tallycoin and what money you need to realize your project.
Tallycoin provides the platform for projects to present themselves and the technical platform to receive donations via Bitcoin and Lightning.
Each donation can be accompanied by a 140-character comment, which will be displayed on the project page.
In this post, we explain how you can create a Tallycoin project yourself to receive donations for your crowdfunding or fundraising campaign. Just like you can deposit your Bitcoin address to receive the donated Bitcoin directly on your own Bitcoin wallet.
If you also want to receive donations via Lightning, we explain how to deposit your Lightning Node so that Lightning payments are credited to your own Lightning Wallet.
We explain how you can integrate the donation function of Tallycoin on your own website.
Create a Tallycoin Account
On the website of https://tallyco.in/ you create an account and can create your own fundraiser page via the menu item Create New.
You give a title to your fundraiser project and the amount you would like to collect.
Tallycoin is a non-custodial fundraising platform. This means that all Bitcoin donations made will be credited directly to the fundraiser’s Bitcoin wallet.
The fundraiser has the option to deposit its own Bitcoin address to which incoming Bitcoin payments will be credited.
Instead of a single Bitcoin address, an Extended Public Key (xPub Key) can also be deposited. Thus, for each individual Bitcoin payment receipt, a separate, unique Bitcoin address is generated.
If an xPub key was stored in the Extende Public Key menu field, then no Bitcoin address will be stored when the fundraising project is created. This field is automatically created by the xPub Key.
After the description of the fundraising project has also been described and saved, the fundraiser dashboard is accessed.
Here you can get an overview of the donations made so far. Likewise, you can view the fundraiser page from a user’s perspective via Visit.
Via Edit the fundraising project can be changed.
We have already described how payments can be received via Bitcoin (on-chain) with the Fundraising page by depositing a Bitcoin address or via the xPub Key.
Receiving donations via Lightning (off-chain) requires running your own Lightning Node.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to simply deposit a Lightning address as it is possible with a Bitcoin address.
To receive donations via Lightning, there are two options. You open an account with the Bitcoin payment provider Opennode and deposit the API key, which is provided by Opennode.
If you run your own Lightning Node, you can connect your Lightning Node via the menu item Node Connect.
With the help of Tallycoin Connect, a connection to Umbrel, BTCPay and Raspiblitz is possible.
We describe the procedure in the chapter Tallycoin Connect with BTCPay Server.
Tallycoin Connect with BTCPay Server
We need Tallycoin Connect (https://github.com/djbooth007/tallycoin_connect) and the Tallycon API Key to connect the Tallycoin Fundraising page with our Lightning Node.
We can get the Tallycoin API key via the Node Connect menu item.
We will install Tallycoin Connect on our BTCPay server running on a LunaNode and use BTCPay’s instructions:
We log in to our LunaNode server via terminal and switch to root mode via
sudo su –
Then we change to the directory of btcpayserver-docker via
now we need to specify the Tallycoin API Key and the password. We will use the API key we created on the Tallycoin page and our own password
After we do that, we enter:
Now the BTCPay server must be restarted and for this we enter:
. btcpay-setup.sh -i
The setup will start and all necessary programs will be installed and the server will be restarted.
After the server has restarted, we go to the Tallycoin page to the Node Connect menu and check if our connection has been successfully established.
We click on Test your Connection and get Connected displayed if everything has been done correctly.
Now that everything is fine on the Tallycoin side, let’s take a look at what happened with the BTCPay server.
BTCPay Server – Other external Services
After you have installed Tallycoin Connect on your BTCPay server, you will find in the Server Settings => Services section in the Other External Services area the item Tallycoin Connect.
If you click on See Information, you will be redirected to the adjacent page. This page is password protected. You have to enter the same password that you used for Tallycoin Connect.
In the overview you will see all Lightning donations that you have received via Tallycoin and that have been credited to your own Lightning Node.
Go to your Tallycoin fundraising page now and check if off-chain payments are now offered in addition to on-chain ……
….. and make a test payment yourself.
Integrate Tallycoin on your own website
Instead of waiting for visitors to the Tallycoin website to become aware of your fundraising project, you can also integrate Tallycoin onto your own website.
Tallycoin refers to this feature as Tellypay and explains it itself at: https://github.com/djbooth007/tallypay
We create a custom HTML page and include the following head tag in the header area of the HTML page:
We then integrate the following tag into the main body of our website:
<div class=”tallypay” data-user=”username”></div>
For Username we use the username on the Tallycoin page.
On your own website, the amount entry field is displayed as shown next to it.
It is identical to what was already shown as a preview on the Tallycoin page.
What is not displayed are the other details of the fundraising project such as the Fundraising Description and the Fundraising Goal.
When a donation is made and the donor leaves a message, this is displayed as a Comment on the fundraising page. Unfortunately, this message is also not displayed on your own website.
Via Advanced Option or the Tallycoin API documentation https://docs.tallyco.in/api/a few more individual adjustments can be made.
Tallycoin Fundraising Website Plugin
This is what the finished fundraising website plugin looks like when it has been integrated into your own website.
Try it yourself and try to send me a donation.
Tallycoin is a very good fundraising project to collect donations via Bitcoin and Lightning for your own crowdfunding or fundraising campaign.
Very nice is the possibility that donors can leave a personal message, which will be displayed on the project page.
The donations are credited directly to your own Bitcoin wallet or Lightning Node and thus secure payments.
A disadvantage is that no Lightning address can be stored in order to receive Lightning payments if you do not operate your own Lightning node.
It would also be desirable if the Fundraising Goal and the comments could also be displayed when embedding on your own website. Perhaps this can be implemented as part of the next version. Those who want to support the new version can donate to the fundraising of Tallycoin V3.