Charity collection site GoFundMe has stopped taking donations for the Canadian Freedom Convoy truckers and what they plan to do with $9 million in donations will make your blood boil.
First, because Canadian authorities informed GoFundMe that the Canadian Freedom Convoy was engaging in “an occupation” the charity site removed the fundraiser.
“Following a review of relevant facts and multiple discussions with local law enforcement and city officials, this fundraiser is now in violation of our Terms of Service (Term 8, which prohibits the promotion of violence and harassment) and has been removed from the platform,” the company wrote in a blog post.
GoFundMe didn’t stop there. Next, they informed donors that their $9 million in remaining funds would never get to the truckers and instead be sent to charities that GoFundMe approves of.
It took only minutes for calls to surface demanding people defund GoFundMe and for donors to immediately request refunds or issue chargebacks through the card companies.
UPDATE: 2/5/22: GoFundMe has changed its stance on refunds after significant blowback from their public statement. All donated funds will be automatically returned to donors:
“To simplify the process for our users, we will be refunding all donations to the Freedom Convoy 2022 fundraiser. This refund will happen automatically—you do not need to submit a request. Donors can expect to see refunds within 7-10 business days.
The update we issued earlier enabled all donors to get a refund and outlined a plan to distribute remaining funds to verified charities selected by the Freedom Convoy organizers. However, due to donor feedback, we are simplifying the process and automatically refunding donations.”
Next, another funding firm stepped up and said they would take donations and get them to the Freedom Convoy:
Best I can tell, the link to the convoy donation page is -> https://www.givesendgo.com/FreedomConvoy2022
But, due to an overwhelming response, their servers are having a bit of a time coping (KEEP TRYING)!
If that wasn’t enough, a hashtag was born. H/T @BecketAdams for the lede, I only needed to add a pound sign – make it trend.
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