You see, For A Friend is a website for missionaries from all of the world to be listed. If you’re interested in supporting a missionary in the Ukraine, for example, you can see if there is one in the area that you can support. It’s a really awesome concept. Check it out!
However, PayPal has denied them service. So, if you would like to give money to a missionary via PayPal, you can’t.
I asked For A Friend to email me abou their story, in hopes that the ChurchMag community could be of some help.
Here is their story:
Forafriend.com been denied a PayPal account and has been blocked from ever getting an account. When we first started our site we tried to open a PayPal account and they told us we could not open an account because they thought we were trying to aggregate funds. We told them how we were using the funds to help missions and the way funds were to flow from the giver to the missionary.
After this happened, we just thought we would try later when we have more business and had completed the 501c3 process. We had only applied for 501c3 status and it takes about 6 to 9 months to be completed. We had no issues getting Amazon Payment, Chase Quick Pay or credit card processes before getting our 501c3 status, so we did not understand why PayPal would not let us have an account.
In late February, we got approved for 501c3 with the US Gov. So I sent the info to PapyPal and they lifted some of our restrictions, but not all since they asked for more information from us. After going back and forth, sending them more papers, void checks, proof of address, etc .., we assumed all would end well. Just when I thought they had all the info they needed, they told me over the phone that a board had to review everything and we would be all set in a few days.
But wait …
A few days later they came back and said,
Sorry, we can not lift the restrictions.
So I called them to find out what happened. They told me paypal is not the, “right fit for us at this time”. Naturally, I asked at what time would be the right time. He said,
I asked a few more questions and got no answers on why they would not give us an account. Finally, he hung up on me.
Has anyone else had issues like this with PayPal? Would anyone know what we can do from here?
Have you ever heard of this happening? Can you help?