Contributing to your own campaign is not as simple as it sounds…
Sometimes campaign owners want to make the first contribution to get the goal meter off 0. This is a good instinct! Nobody wants to be the first supporter, so removing that barrier is a huge help. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple.
As PayPal puts it: the payer cannot also be the recipient of the transaction.
Essentially, you cannot contribute with your PayPal or Stripe account into that same account, nor can you contribute with any credit or debit card that you’ve previously used with either provider.
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 troubles with your account after attempting to donate to yourself, we recommend you reach out to the payment provider’s customer support.