COTAP currently uses an online processing tool called Shopp, which is compatible with both Google Checkout and PayPal.
It’s important that COTAP use such shopping cart software, instead of a simplified “Donate” button, because:
- We track the actual tonnes you offset and match them with specific projects, and we will be sharing projects’ progress with you based on the time of your donation and which project(s) you matched your carbon footprint with.
- We need to manage inventory and availability of project tonnes per our contractual agreements with our forestry carbon development partners.
COTAP’s current e-commerce setup has the following known imperfections, which we are in the process of addressing:
- Multiple email receipts.
- The mention of “Taxes” and “Shipping,” which are irrelevant to your COTAP transaction.
- Reference to Downloads in your online account summary.
Further, the COTAP receipt emails you receive currently do not include sufficient information regarding our tax-exempt status as a 501(c)3 organization. In early January 2012, we will be sending out formal and specific donation email acknowledgments with all of the information necessary for your proper income tax record-keeping purposes.
COTAP is in the process of pursuing a more streamlined e-commerce experience. We appreciate your understanding and patience!
The COTAP Team