Re: [Debconf-team] PayPal donations, and fees
On Sun, Mar 31, 2013 at 10:01:39AM -0600, Moray Allan wrote:
> These fees are shown in the SPI Treasurer's reports, e.g.
> " Debian
> Debit Card Fee 3.00
> Processing Fees 31.83
> SPI 5% 39.93"
> The debit card plus processing fees there seem to sum to about 4.4%,
> meaning that 9.4% of the donated amounts didn't reach Debian, using
> non-Paypal payment methods.
<spi director hat>
The Debit Card Fee is likely related to a prepaid debit card used to enable a
services donation to Debian from Amazon Web Services, and not related to
general donations. The types of fees you're refering to would be part of
Exceptions to the SPI 5% are made in some contexts like conference sponsorship,
given the tight budgets - for the details, look at past SPI reports relating to
DebConf or ask Michael Schultheiss - but indeed, there's no way to avoid
external processing fees, except when we receive USD or CAD checks/cheques,
where those are zero or negligible, or those incoming electronic transfers
where the sender covers the cost.
For comparison to other fiscal sponsorship organizations, the Software Freedom
Conservancy takes 10% to cover overhead, which is closer to typical - we're
actually on the low end, and have accordingly low/lean general reserves.
</spi director hat>
- Jimmy Kaplowitz