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Almost from the moment we put them on the menu bar, folks had found our donation buttons and were sending us money towards our operating expenses before we'd even started the fundraising campaign and gotten our notices up -- that's dedicated supporters!!
We are really grateful towards all of you, since it is entirely through your support that we are able to continue to keep The Highway Star up and running. Please take a moment to visit the list of donors -- it's our small way of acknowledging your assistance. We appreciate your approval of our work, and will continue to do our best to live up to your expectations.
How do I use the PayPal button?
You can either charge your donation to a credit card, or transfer funds from your own Paypal account. If you don't have a PayPal account yet, you can quickly open a free Personal Account. Then, you need to associate it with a US or Canadian bank, and a credit card to enable Instant Transfer (meaning you don't actually need the money in your PayPal account -- they will use ETF to request it from the bank. The credit card is needed to guarantee the funds in case the bank denies the ETF request).
Once you have your PayPal account set up it is then easy to make the donation -- you do so by filling in the amount field with your donation value, the PayPal account fields with your ID and password, and then pressing the Continue button. You then click the Funding Options link under the 'Source of Funds' heading, choose the Instant Transfer radio button and press the Continue button again. Once you confirm it, the donation is then transferred from your PayPal account into ours.
To charge it to a credit card instead, you simply enter the card information rather than Paypal account information on the payment screen.
PayPal takes a surcharge plus a percentage of every deposit as a handling fee (refer to PayPal's fee schedule for details) -- on a small donation, we can lose more than half of it (for instance, a dollar donated by a Canadian would cost almost 60 cents in handling fees!!). However, a good rule of thumb is that it costs about 70 cents for every $10 donated, and the percentage lost goes down as the total amount goes up (so we only lose about $5 out of a $100 gift, for example).
One other thing you should be aware of -- PayPal only accepts money from accounts based in the following countries (refer to PayPal's help pages for details):
Unauthorized copying, while sometimes necessary, is never as good as
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