European bank account for donations
- From: Alexander van Loon <a vanloon alexandervanloon nl>
- To: foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: European bank account for donations
- Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2012 11:15:34 +0100
Recently I noticed the fundraiser for GNOME Accessibility. Even though I
personally have no interest in accessibility features whatsoever, I'm
quite satisfied with GNOME nowadays so I decided to donate something
The fundraiser page  offers two options for donating: PayPal or a
bank transfer to a bank in the USA.
PayPal is a company I don't want to do any business with since they
decided to sabotage WikiLeaks. That leaves only the bank transfer to the
USA as an option, but this has a great disadvantage.
Not only does my Dutch bank require an IBAN-number for foreign bank
transfers – which the fundraiser page does not provide – the cost for a
transfer to the USA is prohibitive.
My bank charges € 5 for transfers to countries not belonging to the EEA
 and if I pay for the costs of the receiving bank in the USA another
€ 9 is added. By contrast, my bank (and I assume many other banks in the
Netherlands and the EU) charges no fee for bank transfers within the
So in short, could the GNOME Foundation provide a bank account at a bank
in the EEA so that most Europeans can donate without any additional cost
(I'm sure PayPal also takes a cut)?
Alexander van Loon
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