GoFundMe, the most popular crowdsource-driven fundraising websites in existence, received a round of devastating press coverage this week after the company took down a massive fundraiser for the Canada-based “Freedom Convoy” of truck drivers fighting against the nation’s strict pandemic rules.
At stake was some $9 million in funds raised by hundreds of thousands of Canadians and Americans for the convoy’s ongoing efforts. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is just one of the governors now vowing to look into GoFundMe to determine whether what they did was against the law, which many believe to be the case, according to the Daily Mail.
What sparked the most initial outrage when it was made clear that GoFundMe removed the fundraiser was that the company said customers would have to manually request refunds, and whatever money was leftover would be designated to charities of GoFundMe’s choosing.
That ridiculously dumb statement was later retracted after the fundraising website updated the announcement by saying all donations would be automatically refunded, but the damage had already been done.
“It is a fraud for @gofundme to commandeer $9M in donations sent to support truckers and give it to causes of their own choosing,” DeSantis tweeted before the site reversed course.
He added: “I will work with @AGAshleyMoody to investigate these deceptive practices — these donors should be given a refund.”
GoFundMe’s reason for zapping the online fundraiser — at least the reason they put on paper — was due to discussions the company had with Ottawa police, who described the extremely and obviously peaceful protest as “violent” due to a few one-off incidents of people being arrested.
Many believe the genuine reason was that GoFundMe, like any other Silicon Valley, Big Tech liberal company, didn’t like how powerful the movement had become, nor did it want the movement to raise eight figures to help it grow even further.
Luckily, a conservative fundraising company popped up in its place and has offered safe haven for people to donate, once again, to the Freedom Convoy moment. The site is called GiveSendGo, and you can donate directly to the Freedom Convoy by going here. As of this writing, nearly $3.5 million has been raised in less than 48 hours.