How Far Would You Go?

Sounds a lot like an ad for the Peace Corps, doesn’t it? Well, I’ll be surprised if this turns into the toughest job you’ll ever love, but hey – you never know!

How far would you go to make an online donation to a local arts organization?

I’ve listed three fabulous organizations below. All are worthy of both our financial support and a trip (or two) to their performances! For each one, I’ve outlined the steps needed for a donor to go from the front page of their websites to receiving a donation confirmation.

I’ve counted going to the site itself as step #1 for all.

OPERA COLUMBUS

1. Go to http://www.operacolumbus.org
2. Click “Support” to be taken to “Support” page
3. Click “Contribute online”
4. Fill out form which includes amount to donate, name, address, credit card info
5. Click “Contribute now” button

Done. Enjoy your receipt / confirmation page.

PROMUSICA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

1. Go to http://www.promusicacolumbus.org
2. Click on “Support Us” to be taken to the “Support Us” page
3. Click “Donate Now”
4. Fill out form which includes amount to donate, name, address, credit card info
5. Click “Submit” button

Done. Enjoy your receipt / confirmation page.

COLUMBUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

1. Go to www.columbussymphony.com
2. Click “Donate” button to be taken to “Support” page
3. Click “Online Donations” to be taken to the CAPA portal within the Ticketmaster Website
4. Type in Email address and Password. Click “Continue” button and proceed to step 5.

If you haven’t already set up an account, follow steps 4A-B-C-D

4A. Under “I don’t have an account” Type in Email address. Click “Continue” button to create account.
4B. Fill out name, address, telephone numbers, etc.
4C. Click “Continue” button to proceed to account set up confirmation page.
4D. Click “Continue” button on this page to proceed to account front page. Proceed to step 5.
5. Follow instructions advising you to scroll down and then click the “Donate Now” button
6. Select “Myself” under donor information drop down menu (Myself is the only option)
7. Check box if you wish to remain anonymous. :-)
8. Scroll down to choose and click “Columbus Symphony Orchestra” so fund option will appear
9. Click on Columbus Symphony Fund Annual Donation so amount box will appear
10. Type in amount you wish to donate
11. Click “Apply” button to make amount appear under “total donation”
12. Click “Add to cart” button to be taken to the shopping cart page
13. Review donation amount to ensure you’re donating as much as you’d like to donate.

If changing amount, follow steps 13 A-B-C. If amount is fine, move on to step 14.

13A. If you’d like to change the donation amount, click “Change donation” for a pop-up box to appear.
13B. Click “Yes” button to change your item being purchased where you to be returned to step 5.
13C. Re-do steps 5-13 using your new amount and continue
14. Click “checkout” button to be taken to page where you can enter payment information

** 10 minute time limit for processing begins now. **

15. Choose payment option in drop down menu (Credit/debit card is the only option) so form to fill out payment information will appear.
16. Enter name, address, credit card info
17. Click “Next step” button
18. Review your card info / purchase
19. Click the box agreeing to the terms of use
20. Click “Submit order” button

Done. Enjoy your receipt / confirmation page.

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So what do you think?

How far would you go to give your money away?

2 responses

  1. I have blogged this entry on my blog, because oh, the stupid.

  2. Thanks for helping me draw attention to this issue, Lisa. Much appreciated! My tip jar to the right – is ONLY there to show how easy it is to set up a means of donating online. Took me a whopping 15 minutes (had to take a picture and read instructions). 70% of the CSO’s operating budget (per the last two annual reports) relies on the generosity of donors. Making the process this difficult almost sends a message that donors’ money isn’t even wanted. Frustrating!

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