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Afraid of donating online

I’m holding a fundraiser at my house in a couple weeks and I must say I’m pretty irritated that out of 12 RSVPs only one of the attendees has donated online. The others have made a pledge and will be bringing their donation to the party. This is, by the way, a gaming party (my unique way of attracting attendees), and the group skews young. Despite that, most of the people coming continue to cling to an old-fashioned method of money transfer. I don’t understand it.

It makes life harder for me. I have to manage their checks and collect their information to properly report the donation. It’s also going to be awkward demanding money from them as soon as the enter the door, but I’ll have to do it because it is a fundraiser and not just an opportunity to drink my beer.

But just as importantly, it makes life harder for them. Checks cost money and take more effort to fill out and manage than simply entering credit card information online. You have to manually track your expenses instead of having them tracked for you on a credit card statement.

I have no explanation for this 20th century behavior. I’m happy to hold this fundraiser, though, because without it these people would probably never donate to Obama’s fight for the presidency.


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