[Foundation-l] fundraising idea

Brian McNeil brian.mcneil at wikinewsie.org
Sun Nov 18 15:28:01 UTC 2007

For a standing order it is all donor-side. You could have a page with the
correct form and all details minus signature present. Just print, sign, and
hand in at the bank.

Home banking can also for a lot of people be used to set up standing orders,
but they'd have to enter the details.

Brian McNeil

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On 18/11/2007, Brian McNeil <brian.mcneil at wikinewsie.org> wrote:
> I've processed direct debits from a programming perspective - i.e. written
> mainframe COBOL code (don't laugh) to produce the tapes you submit to the
> bank (in UK). So, there is an ongoing cost to the Foundation in setting up
> system to create a request that the bank make the payment and sending the
> list of requests to the bank. There may be other implications in retaining
> the data, perhaps the U.K. Data Protection Act, or similar in other
> countries.
> For a number of countries, the alternative is a standing order.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_order_%28banking%29
> Belgium has a mechanism for setting up a recurring payment/standing order,
> but that isn't in the article which is not as comprehensive as [[Direct
> debit]]. Your standing order puts the processing and data protection
> in the bank's lap. You just need to be able to publicise a bank account
> number in the country.

Yes, a standing order would also work. Can WMF set up standing orders,
or would that require the donors to handle the paperwork?

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