Our library has a Friends group. Currently they have a webpage on our website that gives information about the group and a link to an email address if someone is interested in joining. They would like to add a PayPal link so that people can pay for a membership or donate to the Friends Group. The library has its own page for donations as well. I am concerned about the conflict this presents. The Friends group is a separate organization from the library. Someone donating on our website may be confused as to whom they are donating; they might also think that paying membership dues makes them a member of the library. I know from an accounting audit standpoint, all funds must be kept separate.
Many libraries require their Friends group to maintain their own website (which can be linked to from the library's site). This seems the simplest way to keep a separation between the groups. Our Friends group does not have the technical resources to do this.
So finally, my question: Is it essential to keep websites and donation buttons separate for the library and the Friends group, and why?