Receipts and tracking for financial contributions (Legal/IT/Other)

  • ng
  • 11/10/08 31/12/20
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Posted: Fri, 13/03/2009 - 15:19

This issue has come up numerous times, recently on the IT funding poll.

Currently IT and Legal/other funding are separate. They may be combined shortly, depending on the results from this poll and the decisions of the Strategy Team. In all cases, contributions might be via PayPal or some other method (typically bank transfer.)

  • PayPal contributions - the PayPal system automatically provides email receipt and historic tracking information, both to the sender and receiver.

  • Bank transfer and all other methods - currently require a receipt to be generated manually. I am considering ways of at least partly automating that process.

  • Alternatives - I am investigating how the DAG might be able to cost-effectively process credit cards. It's unlikely to be cheaper than the PayPal alternative, but unlike PayPal would not need people to already have a working PayPal account. This could also allow receipts/history to be automated. However, there is a considerable set up overhead, and this may not be a sensible option - whether worthwhile or not would largely depend on how long we would need the facility, and that unfortunately is an unknown.

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PAYPAL up and running again

  • Anonymous
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  • Fri, 13/03/2009 - 17:11

Finally.. we have PayPal unblocked for donations to Legal/PR..
Thanks so much for your patience!


Receipts for donations

  • ng
  • 11/10/08 31/12/20
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  • Fri, 13/03/2009 - 17:32

Re. donations by bank transfer, does the bank account you use allow you to download them in spreadsheet or text format? If so, I can potentially provide a "receipt generation" program - you would have to extract the data and post it somewhere, so we would have to consider security carefully. I think the way to do it would be by creating a unique reference number, then using that to cross-reference. Anyway, the simple alternative is for you to do it all manually!