My Facebook friend, Phy, who is a Cambodian attending school in Japan messaged me telling me he really really wanted to donate to the America's Giving Challenge, but the Global Giving online donation tool doesn't support PayPal. He isn't the first potential donor to tell me that .. he is the 20th person from Southeast Asia has told me that they can't donate and have it count towards to the contest because of the lack of PayPal support.
And it isn't the just the supporters of the cause from Southeast Asia, I just got an email from Roger Carr who just posted this reminder to his network. There is an individual who would like to donate, but also only does online transactions via PayPal.
I've also heard from others about their preference to use PayPal over credit cards for online transactions. Take for example, this tweet:
PayPal recently announced their nonprofit donation kit. I got an email about it:
More and more non-profits are recognizing the importance of a strong online presence, and that online donations will be a big part of their future fundraising success. In response to this, PayPal has released the PayPal Kit for Non-Profits to help non-profits get set up to accept donations via PayPal within 45 minutes.
The kit is so simple to use that it can be implemented by almost anyone with basic computer knowledge.
It’s a simple 3-step process:
• Create a PayPal account
• Create a PayPal Donate button
• Place the button on your website
The PayPal Donate button is a safe, easier way for people to donate money. Donors can trust that their donation is secure and that their financial information will not be exposed.
“Non-profits have found in the past that making PayPal available increases the amount of their donations and helps them find new donors among our 164 million account holders. The PayPal Kit for Non-Profits will help non-profits tap into the $2 billion in stored PayPal balances around the world,” said Glenn Lim, senior director of alliances at PayPal.
In terms of the Sharing Foundation campaign, there has already been over $16,000 raised through the unselfish giving of over 600 people. If you have not yet donated $10 to this important cause, please click here and change a child's life. Make a donation on behalf of the Cambodians like my friend Phy that want to help us win this contest. Together we can make a difference.