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Singularity

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Really small charity - How to do website donations
« on: August 11, 2015, 08:26:51 PM »
For a really small charity that helps babies it seams hard to accept donations except by snail mail check.  They also accept fabric & lace and physical donations to sew and make the clothing they donate.  For local or mailed physical donations is leaving physical address smart on the website?

Paypal for example requires a 501 c(3) nonprofit to use the donate button.  BTC might be an option although its not as easy.

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Nonprofits must verify their status to withdraw donations they receive. Users that are not verified nonprofits must demonstrate how their donations will be used, once they raise more than $10,000.https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/get-started/donate-button

Paypal buy now would not work unless perhaps they sold fundraising t-shirts.  Google Pay is another options but its not clear how to use it for donations. 

clickandpledge.com looks like an option that OpenBSD uses for donations.  Its not clear what they require.


What do you suggest?
« Last Edit: August 11, 2015, 08:29:08 PM by Singularity »

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Re: Really small charity - How to do website donations
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2015, 09:09:31 PM »
You could look at Sage Donate Now. Verify all the fees beforehand, as well as any contract obligations. As in, make sure you understand if they are going to charge monthly fees even if nobody uses the service, and if you cancel, is there a cancellation fee.


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Re: Really small charity - How to do website donations
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2015, 09:21:18 PM »
BTC might be an option although its not as easy.

Bitpay, or something similar, would make accepting bitcoins donations easy-peasy.

https://bitpay.com/

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Re: Really small charity - How to do website donations
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2015, 09:26:29 PM »
My nephew started vs-cancer.org. They use classy for their fundraising.
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Re: Really small charity - How to do website donations
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2015, 10:04:22 PM »
BTC might be an option although its not as easy.

Bitpay, or something similar, would make accepting bitcoins donations easy-peasy.

https://bitpay.com/

Yes the website button is really easy but the donate-er would have to already have the bitcoin.  They can't one step convert from dollars from ACH deposit or Credit/Debit Card.
They could of course signup with CoinBase or others with a validation step or use Bitcoin ATM or localbitcoins all of which are several steps.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2015, 10:10:47 PM by Singularity »

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Re: Really small charity - How to do website donations
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2015, 10:45:25 PM »
BTC might be an option although its not as easy.

Bitpay, or something similar, would make accepting bitcoins donations easy-peasy.

https://bitpay.com/

Yes the website button is really easy but the donate-er would have to already have the bitcoin.  They can't one step convert from dollars from ACH deposit or Credit/Debit Card.
They could of course signup with CoinBase or others with a validation step or use Bitcoin ATM or localbitcoins all of which are several steps.

Of course, but a lot of your donations will come from people who otherwise would have, or already have, performed these other steps.  You are just assuming that those who would pay with paypal or credit card have already performed these steps, and have not (or would be unwilling to) do so to with bitcoin.  Everyone has to start somewhere, perhaps your charity will also be the driving force for some to actually follow through with getting a proper bitcoin wallet.  Most people wont ever do these kinds of things until they encounter a situation that requires it.  It is these very situations that drive a payment method into the mainstream, and exactly the same kind of issue that early adopters of Paypal ran into a decade ago.  I'm not suggesting that you have to stop with a bitcoin button, but it certainly is an easy way to get things moving early.