I've got a suggestion.You know when charities and people try to raise money for either good causes or for other things like kick starting projects (reminds me of kickstarter.com)? The issues that always seems to get in the way is all the bank details and personal details that seem to be required just for handling transactions.I would like someone to be able to create a version of this where:
1.It's easy to accept bitcoins
2.Feature a fund raiser gauge (to show the target and what is currently raised so far,helps people gauge their efforts)
3.Easy to embed into most websites (HTML as wordpress.com is a pain about certain forms of coding)
If such a solution already exists or if someone is working on it,can it be mentioned here? Thanks.I feel it's high time that BTC are used in more traditional situations like fundraisers (as I think charities and other people will benefit from this).
Bit-Pay specifically provides a service for charities -- with no fees for those in the U.S. which are on the IRS's Pub 78 list:
There is a service that will convert bitcoin donations to fiat and forward those donations on to the charity, though that is run anonymously apparently which, to some, raises a caution flag:
There are a number of donation-accepting organizations already:
I'm not aware of any embeddable widget that anyone has created yet to assist with this
. For those organizations which have a static Bitcoin address
such a widget and host service would be fairly easy to create
may use the widget here: http://ecdsa.org:8080/widgets
Accepting bitcoin using a static address is not the wisest thing for a charity though. For instance, suppose the person holding the wallet for a charity leaves the organization and the charity wishes to change the address. There could be donations that would continue going to the old address -- especially if the old address appeared on printed material or the address on the updates aren't timely on the various web sites where that address appears. In other words, charities that wish to accept bitcoin should either incorporate it in their ecommerce system or use an intermediary like Bit-Pay.