Ms Wilson, who was one of thousands affected by the Windrush scandal, died last month at the age of 64.
She made her home in Heath Town, having arrived in Telford from Jamaica as a 10-year-old in 1968, but was nearly deported – despite having lived in the UK for almost 50 years.
A Go Fund Me page, launched by Wolverhampton-born Windrush activist Patrick Vernon, has now raised a total of £16,531.
The page states: "Paulette Wilson was mother, grandmother and a campaigner and spoke truth to power regarding Windrush Scandal and inspired many other survivors to share their story.
"She was proud of her Jamaican and Wolverhampton roots."
To donate to the fund, visit GoFundMe.com