• michaelwyland

    January 4, 2024 at 1:15 pm

    I’m really on the fence with this one. Should we also ask for postage, mailing, third-part fundraiser fees, fundraising salaries, and other reimbursements of the cost of raising funds?

    At the end of the year, I gave a $1,000 charitable gift online. I was asked to pay an additional $39.XX to reimburse the charity for processing fees. I paid the fee, but I wondered how good their contract with the processing company was and what other fundraising costs I should be concerned with as a donor. I snapped out of it pretty quickly because I’m not an average donor, but it made the donation process just a little awkward for me.

    It also occurs to me that raising the issue of credit card processing costs also raises the spectre of overhead costs more generally, especially for less knowledgeable and less sophisticated donors.

    Again, I’m on the fence and not sure there is a single, simple answer.