Skip to comments.How can someone set up a free donation site? (VANITY)
Posted on 06/29/2011 10:36:00 AM PDT by 5thGenTexan
My daughter in law's brother has lost his home in the North Dakota floods. She is wanting to set up a temporary website to provide the friends who are trying to help them out a way to make donations. She is looking for a way to set up a donation website that could be set up for things like PayPal.
I have done some searches on non-profit webhosting, etc, but nothing jumped out at me for something like this (they all required IRS designation as a non-profit).
Anyone have any ideas?
Just a thought but could she have a church or other group with a tax free ID take on this project? I know getting a tax free ID takes a good amount of time (I know one woman who set up a pond restoration project and it took her over a year). Your daughter could help manage the work involved as a volunteer.
I cannot comment on the pros and cons of this site, but I have seen it used: http://www.chipin.com/
I would use Facebook and emails to appeal for help. And to ask that donations be MAILED to.....
Otherwise you would need secure servers to donate online.
Just find a free web hosting service (sites.google.com or homestead.com) and create a webpage with paypal info (email address) and mailing address. I don’t think it needs to be designated non-profit but could be wrong.
I would also go the Paypal route.
I personally would never donate to a private site because of the fraud.
My Son’s house got wiped out in a tornado and it almost killed my 2 yr old Grandson. He was in the hospital for a month. It was a big story in the Camp Lejuene area.
There were phony donation sites up within hours.My son and daughter-in -law never sanctioned them or received any money from them.
Around here, someone usually goes to a bank and opens an account that accepts contributions. You might check with a local bank and see if they offer this type service.
Not sure how exactly they do it...But around here (Greenville,SC) I heard a while back about a State Trooper that got killed in the line of duty and the family accepted donations through an account set up by a local bank. I wouldn’t use on of the big chains like Bank of America....But i would be more likely to donate to that then give to some website where I don’t know if the money is getting to the people.
I would go the bank route. An acquaintance of mine has done that.
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