So, I understand that in the long-term there may be issues with how to pass on fees. I'm not sure about those details, so this is about how to do it initially.
First, the premise: As a financial system trying to get people focused on how public goods actually work and are actually funded, we don't want fees hidden and absorbed. We want people to see and experience the costs of the tools they use. So, the idea is that we want people to know that 100% of a pledge value goes to a project even though they will also have to pay the processing fee when using Stripe. Side-note: if we made it possible to use Dwolla instead or other no-fee options, this would be a non-issue for those cases. Ok, so, for our initial operations, is there a reason we can't just add the fee amount to the total that we charge everyone? That should be baked into our mechanism calculations. The charge is: base * patrons + fee. Technically, I suspect Stripe would claim that all of that (including the fee) is going to the Snowdrift.coop account directly from the donor, but then in reality, Stripe will take the fee out for themselves before actually giving us the money. But we can then express to the donor the true amount we get, what Stripe is taking, and express that the fee does not reduce the money received per the crowdmatching calculation. Thoughts? -- Aaron Wolf co-founder, Snowdrift.coop
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