jdhjones wrote:If privacy is not an option on the new system, I hope that the old bill pay system will remain open as another option.
The new Online Donation instruction merely say that this is the preferred method of electronic donation. Any online donations using the new system will create a batch in MLS as if the clerk and bishopric member had made the deposit. I do not know how long the current bill pay systems (there are more than one) will be kept.
When I started bank bill pay nearly a year ago, I was not given the "privacy" option. My bank bill pay donations also create a batch in MLS just as if I had handed the bishopric an envelope. I am aware that earlier versions of bank bill pay did allow donations to be kept only at Church headquarters.
Tithing in kind donation records (such as stocks or other securities) are still kept only at headquarters, but that was not your question.
williamjackson wrote:Is it possible for a person to make a donation on behalf of a child in their household? Can I, as a father, use the online system to make a donation that is attributed to my Primary-age daughter?
No. The person donating has to have their own LDS Account. I believe (but do not know for sure) that you have to be eight years old to establish an account, and doing so requires parental permission until age 13 (U.S. federal law requires this).