A follow-up to this conversation:
Here’s the thing: Money makes things complicated. I just spent the last hour and a half looking at various non-profit donation venues, and it is not easy!
Allow me to present some of the options I have considered:
So obvious I won’t even link to it. So, I do a search for “paypal open source project”, and the second result is:
Crap. Come to think of it, I’ve seen similar stories. I reckon complications occur when you mix personal accounts with non-profit gain and spending. So I figured we wouldn’t need to fear any of these problems if we registered as a non-profit organization. Well:
On the last link, note the part that says:
"Submit your organization’s tax letter and bank statement proving nonprofit status."
Crap. We're not ready for that, on many different levels. Sure, it'd be great, but let's finish the product first shall we?
- Bunch of available widgets and plugins, for WordPress and otherwise, to ease donation process and promotion.
- Favorable fees when compared to competition
- Works with other convenient services, such as ChipIn.
- Fears of "account lockdown" when using personal account
I don't remember which search got me there, but this FSF article lead me on to CiviCRM. Basically, it's a complete open source software suite for managing, among many other things, user donations. Thing is, from what I read into it, you have to either set yourself up with an SSL certificate ($$$) or wire the money through services such as, you guessed it: PayPal!
I won't even bother setting up a pros and cons unless someone who knows this better can tell me why I should bring it back up for consideration.
Now this is an interesting one. I ran into added jMonkeyEngine and kept quiet about it since I didn't actually want to receive any donations; that could've become complicated at the time. To understand Flattr, you gotta got to their website and read up yourself, because it can be a bit hard to get at first.
- Like PayPal, there are great widgets and plugins.
- Tailored for non-profit projects
- A brand new concept that might excite people (also see con)
- Unfavorable 10% fee
- Bit hard to understand and has a more narrow use case as opposed to PayPal; would users really be willing to sign up with flattr just to support us?
I'd give you a penny for your thoughts, but that would just make things more complicated. Won't you please just have your say pro-bono?