Why doesn't EA Fund support Paypal?

post by TianyiQ · 2020-09-26T08:00:05.524Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · EA · GW · No comments

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Supporting payments through Paypal seems probable, as there is this Paypal Giving Fund that provides paying without deduction or fee.

Sadly, for some reasons my only available payment method is Paypal, so now I can't make donations :(

UPD: Thanks to all of you for answering!

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answer by SamDeere · 2020-09-28T10:52:24.247Z · score: 13 (9 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for the question! There are two separate things here, which I'll address separately.

  • Adding PayPal as a regular payment option to EA Funds that you can select when you're on the website making a donation (which would attract transaction fees)
  • Using the PayPal Giving Fund (which is fee-free) to donate to EA Funds

PayPal as a regular payment option

We've considered adding PayPal support, but it hasn't been a priority as we've found most donors are able to use one of our other payment methods (e.g. credit cart/bank transfer/check). Adding new payment methods adds some complexity to our payment processing operations (which we try to keep as streamlined as possible to reduce admin overhead), and given that most people use PayPal to process credit card donations, we haven't seen it as offering a significant  advantage over our existing credit card payment infrastructure. However, it's useful to know that PayPal is your only option, and is some data in favour of us considering adding it. This likely won't be for a while though, but if we do get to it I'll post an update as a comment on this question.

Using the PayPal Giving Fund

Unfortunately it's not possible to automate donations made through the PayPal Giving Fund, which means it's not viable for us to offer it as a payment option at checkout. Donations to the Giving Fund have to be made through PayPal's own website, which means we can't capture each donor's allocation, and therefore all the money appears as if it's just going to the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA –the non-profit that EA Funds is a part of). This unfortunately just isn't scalable to hundreds of donors.

For larger donations ($1000+ or equivalent), you can use the PayPal Giving Fund to make a donation to CEA, but you'll need to email us so that we can manually add your donation to EA Funds and allocate it accordingly. If this fits your situation, you can make a donation using one of the links below, then forward your receipt to funds@effectivealtruism.org along with your preferred allocation (you can see the available organizations to donate to on this page)

comment by TianyiQ · 2020-09-28T15:09:13.507Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for the detailed answer!

answer by Larks · 2020-09-26T15:13:36.048Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Is there any legal reason the OP couldn't paypal money to someone else who then makes a donation on his behalf? I agree their accepting paypal is the ideal solution but maybe this is an acceptable short term workaround

comment by TianyiQ · 2020-09-28T15:04:15.209Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Good idea, I'll consider that. Thanks!

answer by lukefreeman · 2020-09-28T10:29:28.159Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

Looks like CEA is on there, but no ability to segment by specific funds. Probably due to it being a single charity. Each of the EA Funds (along with GWWC and other programs) are programs within CEA (a registered charity in the USA and UK).

Similarly other charities with single programs (like GiveDirectly which has Basic Income, USA etc), it looks like you can't specify what program you want it to go to.

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