I want to make the first contribution to get things started, but the checkout won’t let me complete the transaction. Why is that?
To prevent financial overlap and keep you from incurring unnecessary fees, PayPal and Stripe do not allow you to pay yourself.
As PayPal puts it, the payer cannot also be the recipient of the transaction. This restriction applies to paying with your PayPal or Stripe account, and to paying with any credit or debit card that you’ve previously used with either service.
If you were to complete a donation to yourself, PayPal and Stripe would have their transaction fee of 2.9% + $0.30 USD removed from your donation and you would be charged for funds already in your possession.
To get the ball rolling on contributions, we recommend asking a close friend or family member to make the first contribution using their credit card or PayPal account instead.
Note: Some payment providers recognize self payments as suspicious or fraudulent activity. If there are any troubles with your account after attempting to donate to yourself, we recommend you reach out to the payment provider’s customer support. Their team can help troubleshoot what might be going on.