Thursday, July 07, 2005

The Money Song

Charlottesville-area Libertarian activist Arin Sime has developed a new web-based tool for non-profit or political fundraising.

According to the July 6 Augusta Free Press, when Sime encountered problems using PayPal (the industry standard) for accepting donations to a small local political organization, he decided to develop software that acknowledges and meets the sometimes idiosyncratic needs of groups like that.

Small, localized non-profits, Sime noted, often do not have the same kind of organizational structure that a standard business or national group has, the kind of structure that PayPal (and, for that matter, banks) will take for granted.

AFP's Chris Graham reports on Sime's new project, called Donor Town Square:

PayPal, Sime said, was designed for eBay and auctions, "and it really works great for that purpose."

"I use it," Sime said. "But for somebody who wants a simple donation, it doesn't need to be as complex as they make it out to be.

"My process is you go to the Donor Town Square Web site, and in just a couple of minutes, you can set up a donation page, and then within 24 to 48 hours, we take a look at the account, and mark it for approval or not, and then you're ready to take donations," Sime said.

Sime has set up donation pages for campaigns from all sides of the political spectrum in addition to groups including Virginians Over-Taxed On Residences and Nation's Missing Children Organization.

Donor Town Square uses a number of security precautions in setting up its donation pages - including SSL encryption, the standard for use on the 'Net, which makes it so that nobody can read the credit-card numbers that are typed in.
It's nice to see an example of the entrepreneurial spirit aimed at helping charitable, educational, and political groups.


rob said...

so they say,
is the cause of all evil
in the world today

- pink floyd

is this the money song you mean?

Tim said...

I thought "The Money Song" referred to Monty Python.

Arin said...

I'm a little late in replying, but thank you for posting about this Rick and for your kind words - I appreciate it!

And yes, "The Money Song" is a great MP sketch. I'm not sure if that's what Rick had in mind but it's always good to be reminded of Monty P.

Rick Sincere said...

Actually, I was thinking of "The Money Song" from the original cast recording of Cabaret, but Monty Python is an acceptable second.

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