At 4:30pm March 11, 2014 SWOP Bay Area sent Fundly, Inc. the following letter urging Fundly, Inc. to cease business with the credit card processing company, WePay, Inc. Please share widely.
March 11, 2014
Dennis Hu, CEO
379 Lytton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Dear Dennis Hu:
The Bay Area chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project is concerned by Fundly, Inc.’s (Fundly) disloyalty to their own tagline “crowdfunding for all,” especially as it applies to our own marginalized community. We encourage Fundly to uphold their advertised all-inclusiveness by discontinuing use of the credit card processing company, WePay, Inc. (WePay).
While Fundly does not prohibit adult content or use by adult performers in their own terms of service, Fundly does so by adopting the much more conservative and discriminatory terms of service of their credit card processing company, WePay.
Andre Shakti, an adult performer and educator living in the San Francisco Bay Area, ran a successful Fundly crowdfunding campaign, raising $545 to cover travel expenses to the 2014 Feminist Porn Conference in Toronto where she is scheduled to present a workshop on Self Care and Allyship for Sex Workers. When attempting to retrieve the funds from Fundly’s credit card processing company, WePay, Andre received an email denying the release of her funds for failure to comply with WePay’s terms of service.
Fundly cannot claim to be accessible to all while contracting with a credit card processing company that explicitly is not. This practice is opaque, unfair, and harmful to our disparaged community.
With the best interest of customers and communities you serve, please cease business with the prejudicial company, WePay. Until then, we will encourage our community, allies, and families to take their business elsewhere.
Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Kristina Dolgin, Director
Sex Workers Outreach Project: Bay Area