In other words, why are we doing it ourselves?
And other FAQs about our campaign to raise funds to translate our book, Nine Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues into Spanish and print it in Peru.
First, Why Host This on Our Own Site?
Before creating this campaign, the idea that people might resist contributing if they had the perception this is not a legit campaign or a safe way to give towards a project since it was self-hosted instead of hosted on a “legit” crowdfunding site (like KickStarter, GoFundMe, IndieGoGo, etc…) did in fact weight heavy on our minds.
As a Canadian citizen, there often are hoops we need to jump through in order to use US-based crowdfunding sites. We’ve used GoFundMe in the past like when our daughter was born and when we raised funds to travel back to Canada. It used to be possible to receive payments through PayPal. However, when we tried to set up a campaign for this translation project, GoFundMe notified me that I could no longer use my account if PayPal was the method of payment I had opened my account with. They told me I needed to open a new account instead. When I did, it would not let me enter my US bank account along with my Canadian address, but one or the other — US bank with US address, or Canadian bank with Canadian address and information.
It’s been our experience with crowdfunding that often times there’s an exchange rate fee for US currency being deposited into our Canadian account, on top of the fees the site charges on all donations received. In the long-run, since the majority of people we’re asking for help are based in the USA, as well as people we’re paying the money to for their services, hosting our own crowdfunding campaign streamlines the process as well as lowers the amount of transaction fees we’re charged.
We found many crowdfunding sites we looked into had similar fees and other obstacles that made us open to the idea of just creating our own.
Here are a few other reasons it’s preferable to host our own crowdfunding campaign:
- Being able to release various digital downloads as rewards for certain levels of gifts the instant payment is received, as opposed to contacting the donors later to give them their perks (the ones that are digital).
- Not giving a % to the site hosting our campaign = every bit adds up, and more money can actually be spent ON the campaign itself.
- Doing our own coding and having the campaign appear how we’d like instead of being stuck with whatever template the crowdfunding site offers (besides changing colors).
Is it Safe/Secure to Give my Credit Card info Through Your Site
Because this crowdfunding campaign works as a “product” in our online store, we were required to install a Strong Encryption & Authentication (or SSL) certificate on our site in order for our store not to be flagged by your browser as being potentially dangerous for sharing sensitive information over.
Can I Receive a Tax Credit For Contributing a Charitable Donation?
Since we are not a non-for profit organization, Steve & Lili Bremner are officially unable to issue charitable tax donation credits for money given directly to us. The same goes for when people Paypal us money directly. We cannot issue a receipt for tax credit purposes. Also, whenever you give to a crowdfunding campaign, it is considered a personal gift anyway, and you are not issued a tax deduction for your gift the by crowdfunding sites. This campaign is no different.
What if I would like to help you with this, but I need to receive a tax credit for charitable purposes?
Under those circumstances, it would be best if you contributed to our US-based missions agency The World Outreach Center. Please visit our profile page on their website here. However, in order for us to know how much of our goal we’ve reached, we will need you to communicate with us once you’ve made your donation and tell us the amount you contribute so we can adjust the progress bar and know how to budget towards this particular project. Then, your contribution is sent to us through those channels, and we use those funds as we deem necessary, but ask you to notify us if you were specifically intending for us to use it towards this translation project so the funds will be used accordingly.