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New Huntsville City Schools donation website raises questions over fees

Published: Oct. 19, 2015 at 8:30 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 16, 2015 at 9:41 PM CST
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If you use the new district website to donate money, not all the funds will go where you want...
If you use the new district website to donate money, not all the funds will go where you want them to. (Source: WAFF Staff)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville City Schools newest donation website has a fee attached to it that's raising some eyebrows.

If you use the new district website to donate money, not all the funds will go where you want them to. The website - www.SupportMyHCS.com - launched a few days ago and the school system confirms they're already fielding questions.

District spokesperson Jacob Boyett said the site, similar to the popular website GoFundMe, can be used as a new way to raise funds for school programs.

Here's how it works: any dollar amount that you donate using the website is subject to a 7.5 percent administrative fee. A $100 donation means that $92.50 goes towards the location of your choosing. The remaining $7.50 goes towards the administrative fee.

Boyett said the fee is the least the district can charge to run the site.

"There's a card fee, there's a PayPal fee, and there's also the upkeep of the website," said Boyett.
 
We checked some of the top donation websites to see what their fees are and if they compare to the district's site.

GoFundMe.com and GiveForward.com take 7.9 percent and 30 cents per donation. Kickstarter takes 8 percent, along with five to 20 cents per donation.

The sites chalk it up to payment fees, along with overhead expenses.

If you're looking to avoid fees when donating to Huntsville City Schools, then you do have an alternative. The District takes direct donations. Just write them a check and tell district leaders where you want that money to go.

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