A Kickstarter-like crowdfunding site aimed at the LGBT community was effectively shut down on Wednesday when Amazon Payments informed the owners it wouldn’t process funds submitted to the site GetGayFunded.com.
Adam Kotkin, CEO Apps Genius Corps, says he went to Amazon for an explanation but got contradictory and inaccurate explanations. In a press release he explained:
In one email, Amazon Payments said the GetGayFunded application had been denied. But that’s not true as our application was approved in December 2012 and the site had been fully functional with projects receiving their funding through Amazon Payments.
Another rationalization said we were rejected because we claimed 501c3 status, but nowhere in any of our documentation had we claimed that because it’s simply not true and their phone rep agreed.
Yet another email from Amazon Payments said they aren’t currently accepting crowdfunding projects. Again, we were accepted last December and my other crowdfunding site with Amazon Payments, GetFunded.com, is still up and functioning perfectly as are several other crowdfunding sites processed through Amazon Payments. The only difference between the two sites is that one is focused on the LGBT community and the other on animal welfare.
Ironically Kotkin has now been forced to go to another crowdfunding site, IndieGoGo, for partners to help process donations. But for now, $7,000 in GetGayFunded.com donations—made to, among other causes, help Vieques Pride, provide jerseys for a gay rugby team, and cover funeral expenses for someone’s mother—are in limbo.
“These people worked hard to fund projects on my site,” says Kotkin. “I don’t care if we never work with Amazon again and I don’t care about our lost fees, but these projects deserve to have their funds released.”
You can help GetGayFunded.com get back on its feet by donating to its official IndieGoGo page.