We didn't want to say anything about this until we knew for sure but we spoke with paypal about this. I did a lot of begging on Thursday of last week and they said they might be able to waive fees for any donations going to Japan relief. We had to send them a bunch of documentation. We're still waiting for a decision to be made though.JamesCannon wrote:Maybe we can see if we could contact someone at PayPal and ask them if they could waive or reduce the fees for this event, considering the purpose, and what not. Sheesh. $500 off the top. Smart bastards.
The main reason we let the drive go further than 10K was because there was a chance Paylpal would wave the fees for this. Unfortunately, there is a big chance they won't so we had to assume the worse because if they didn't, we would have some trouble covering the fees if it got too big. We went ahead and make a decision to cover the ZS bank account's ass.
If they do waive the fees, we'll let you guys know. I don't know if we will open up the drive again or not. My guess at this point is that we won't because we don't have the time to manage it. If we do open the donations back up, it will just be a simple donation page and we won't be offering free memberships, banners and such because of limited volunteer time.
Just to give you guys some perspective...
- Research a suitable charity worthy of ZS donations
- Get an reasonable estimate of costs and get approval from ZS board
- Set up the charity drive website/paypal stuff
- Wrangle up volunteers to help write up press stuff, design artwork, soliciting, etc.
- Advertise the drive everywhere
- Setting up the forum banners for users - this ended up being the bulk of my volunteer time
- Make announcements to keep you guys in formed
- Mail the check to charity and mail dogtags/prizes to all the super wonderful donors
- Setting up a ton of new memberships (sorry Jen!)
- paypal fees = about $500.00 (but this may get waived)
- 250 dog tags = $$$ not sure yet.
- cost of shipping dog tags and raffle prizes = around $200.00
- cost of supplies for the 100+ new member badges
While this is a costly endeavor for us it's probably the best use of our money. Thanks to this community we turned around $1,000.00 of ZS's cash into over $13,000.00
I appreciate the offers we've been given from people who want to donate to ZS to help cover our costs for this drive, but I think that money would be better spent on the charity. We would rather you guys donate to Direct Relief International (or other charity organization helping out with the relief effort) instead of ZS.
I think we did great. But, it's obvious we can do more next time!