Friday, July 19, 2024

GoFundMe seizes Freedom Convoy money; how to request your refund; alternate options for new donations

Freedom Convoy 2022 Organizer Tamara Lich Photo: Rumble

GoFundMe has seized the $10 million contributed to the Freedom Truckers Convoy.

In a statement posted to Medium February 4, GoFundMe states “We now have evidence from law enforcement that the previously peaceful demonstration has become an occupation, with police reports of violence and other unlawful activity.

“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.”

Road Warrior News has contacted GoFundMe to request specific data on the incidents provided to them by police including Incident or Report numbers and the dates and locations of these incidents. At time of this posting, GoFundMe has not provided any response. RWN will update if and when a response is received.

How to request your refund from GoFundMe

Donors who contributed money to the Convoy and who want a refund from GoFundMe can request a refund by visiting this link. GoFundMe has not yet clarified as to whether donors will also receive back the 15 per cent “tip” GoFundMe adds automatically unless donors decline it.

New donation options

Freedom Convoy 2022 organizer Tamara Lich has announced the group has transferred its donation centre to GiveSendGo, and  released a video update with information on how donors who wish to continue to support the convoy can do so.  Saturday morning, the GiveSendGo site is experiencing very high levels of traffic. The Convoy can also accept etransfer donations directly at mailto:[email protected]