Well, paypal has suspended my account due to selling the raffle tickets for the big bear raffle. I am waiting on a letter from NTAF to resolve this problem. Warning: NEVER DO ANYTHING FOR A CHARITY THROUGH PAYPAL!!! Even, if you have the proper documentation, it will be a nightmare. I hope to have my account back up and running by the weeks end since I have some eBay auctions running.
On an up note, all of the tickets were purchased and the drawing will be held this Saturday. So, we raised the $2500 we intended to for Tiffany Tate's lung transplant in short order. I got all of the money out of paypal before they officially suspended my account.
Why oh why is it always so difficult to do something good ! I know paypal has to be cautious , but the few bad apples always ruin it for everyone else who is honest. Drives me absolutely crazy sometimes. Congrats on the raffle and glad to hear you got the funds out in time Alison. I hope they re-open your account soon. How discouraging for you.
Oh crap I totally forgot about that or I would have mentioned something to you! I helped a friend last summer by setting up a website for her for a charity raffle too.
She was just setting up her Paypal account for the first time for this and ran into the same problem. She was able to talk to someone at Paypal and worked it out so that the wording on the site said nothing about "raffle, tickets or chances".
Of course, then it made it difficult to understand what exactly was going on... :doh:
I do understand Paypal's reasonings... they are trying to protect people from very unscrupulous people who would set up a "raffle" and collect all the $ w/o ever giving out the prize...sigh. Unfortunately people like that outnumber those who are honest :(
SO glad you got the $ out before it was suspended!
So glad it is all sorted out for you. I have some wonderful donations of bears to raffle and was going to launch the raffle soon with payments going through Paypal...now what to do????Help, does anyone have any ideas on how to accept payment other than Paypal???????
My husband said there IS a way to collect donations through paypal, even if you are not a non-profit. I would read into this. If you word things correctly so it doesn't look like a "raffle" you may be able to sneak by but I think it's risky and not worth it. One way I thought of doing things in the future is creating an item in my webstore. If you have a web store, this would be an option that would probably be able to sneak by. Again, don't call the item "raffle ticket."
Sorry to hear about your Paypal account. Several of my dolly friends also found out the hard way about raffles. Your raffle was for a very good cause and I hope it's cleared up soon for you. I'm glad you were able to raise such a generous donation before they cut off your account. :hug: