Mozilla Foundation Accepting Cheque Donations
Friday August 1st, 2003
The Mozilla Foundation is now accepting donations made using cheques (presumably only in US dollars) in addition to PayPal contributions. Corporate donations are also welcome. See the new donations page for details.
Donations to the Mozilla Foundation help to pay for bandwidth costs, salaries for developers (the Foundation plans to employ about ten), hardware purchases and other expenses.
This is great for people like me who would like to donate but who do not have a credit card. I love using Firebird and until now the best I could give back was bug hunting. I wish other OSS programs could also accept cheques. "The cheque is in the mail" - (really!).
I'd give 20 bucks to that enigmail (<http://enigmail.mozdev.org>) guy if he could get PGP working really well on Mozilla Mail. Can you donate and have the contribution given to a specific project / direction? Or at least make a request, regardless of fulfillment?
#3 What about payments directly to the bank?
Saturday August 2nd, 2003 2:38 AM
Is it not possible to make the bank account number and sort code available - then I could make a direct payment from my bank, without worrying that PayPal is going to cause me hassle.
#4 Re: What about payments directly to the bank?
Saturday August 2nd, 2003 4:30 AM
Totally agree with you, paypal takes a huge cut and I could just wire something from my bank. With the conversion from pounds to dollars and then the paypal cut you are losing a lot of benefit from the donation.
I second that. Although banks do take a good cut with international transfers (at least French banks do), which is a pity when you can contribute only modest sums. It would be perfect, were there small non-profit national associations to gather the money and then wire it, say once per month/quarter, to the Moz. Foundation, thus saving a lot of bank expenses. But it may be too complicated and/or too heavy a structure...
#5 Re: What about payments directly to the bank?
Saturday August 2nd, 2003 8:11 AM
Agreed! Open up an account with a large international bank like ING and then it would make life a lot easier for some of us out here in Europe. I could just transfer it electronically using my home banking software :-)
#6 Why can't I select my own currency with PayPal ?
Saturday August 2nd, 2003 8:19 AM
BTW.... For now I did use PayPal (hoping a direct transfer to a bank account will be possible in future) and I wonder why the amount has to be in US dollars ?
What happened to the Euro ? :-)
Will there be information available about the amount of money Mozilla Foundation recieved together by month / quarter?
How come we're spelling the British way? (not that there's anything wrong w. it)
#9 Re: The title's funny...
Saturday August 2nd, 2003 8:22 PM
Alex is a brit, that's why. :)
#11 Re: Re: The title's funny...
Sunday August 3rd, 2003 6:38 AM
Anyone for tea and crumpets?
Are donations to the foundation tax-deductible in the US?
I can't find any reference to it at mozilla.org.
Are you sure? Anyhow, the short answer is yes. The Foundation is a non-profit and doesn't do political stuff (and you're not contributing toward that part if it were to exist), which makes it very difficult for _me_ to think of a possible exception to the tax-deductible rule.
#16 Re: Tax Deductible?
Sunday August 3rd, 2003 2:50 PM
"Are donations to the foundation tax-deductible in the US?"
#14 send money with a western union office it's better
by minid <email@example.com>
Sunday August 3rd, 2003 8:40 AM
I have a mail agency who make money transfers to all around the world like Western Union, i guess that's the best, easy and anonymous way, banks cut you a lot of money, well here in Spain they take you 30 bucks for a 70 dolars donation.
But i sended money to another country "Argentina" with this service and they cut me 12 bucks and the money was in 10 minutes ready for take it in argentina witout problems... they just need.
a complete name/surename, and address, and that's all. even they could call you messaging your money its ready for you.
I think that is better than bank transactions, banks cheqs, paypal, puff.
How about a web page listing donors? Organized by amount would be nice, with a link to the donor's web site or company, maybe.
Also, a receipt and information regarding tax deductions would be nice.