Payroll Support through Online Giving

We have several staff members at our church who raise support for part of their salary.

They are deputized fundraisers. We use online giving and have drop down boxes that allow the giver to give designate which person they want to support.

The funds go into our general fund and we use them to offset salary expenses.

My question is if we have the drop down boxes with the persons name would those donations be considered tax deductible?

We have full control of the funds. Do we need to explicitly state somewhere on the site that we have full control or do we need to get rid of the individual drop down boxes and just have people donate directly to our general fund?

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