I want to make the first contribution to get things started, but PayPal won't let me complete the transaction. Why is that?
To prevent financial irregularities and keep you from incurring unnecessary fees, PayPal does not allow you to pay yourself. Or as PayPal puts it, the payer cannot also be the recipient of the transaction. This restriction applies to paying with your PayPal account, and to paying with any credit or debit card that you've previously used with PayPal.
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.