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Out of the many forms of censorship and technological warfare waged against conservatives and the political right, financial blacklisting is perhaps the most pernicious. Companies ranging from Wall Street banks to PayPal and GoFundMe are increasingly blocking access to financial services to those they deem politically controversial.
In response to this culture of censorship and blacklisting, free-minded entrepreneurs are setting up alternative companies as part of an effective parallel economy. One of these companies is GiveSendGo. Yet contrary to the prevailing belief, GiveSendGo is not a new platform. The company was founded in 2015 by three siblings from New Hampshire who saw a gap in the market for a competitor to the likes of GoFundMe.
“We saw the opportunity to provide a platform that addressed more than just people’s material needs, but also their immaterial needs,” said the company’s founder and CFO, Jacob Wells, in an interview with El American. “We do that by sharing the hope of Jesus throughout our platform with all our users. GiveSendGo officially launched in November 2015.”
“GiveSendGo is different in that we fund hope to those in need around the world while providing freedom in funding,” he continued. “GiveSendGo does not cancel campaigns for political or social reasons, unlike other fundraising platforms.”
With this in mind, GiveSendGo considers itself a key player in the fightback against Big Tech and its crackdown against conservative individuals and organizations. “We see our platform as the tip of the spear in the advancement of replacement platforms against Big Tech. GiveSendGo stands positioned to be the primary fundraising platform globally for people of all walks of life,” says Wells.
“As Big Tech and the media side with far-left progressive, political, and social ideology, while also censoring and suppressing people’s freedoms and rights, alternatives have emerged that are more in line with average independent people in America and around the world,” he added. “As a Christian crowdfunding platform we do not judge and cancel campaigns but allow people of all different social or political beliefs to fundraise.”
Christianity appears to be a central tenant of the GiveSendGo platform. El American asked Wells the reason for such emphasis on the Christian faith and whether, for example, an atheist or a Jew could use the website for their own purposes.
“There is so much emphasis on Christianity because we believe it is true and fundamental to all the great questions that life confronts us with,” Wells explains. “As we stated before, GiveSendGo allows campaigns for people of all different kinds of beliefs. We do not cancel or discriminate. As true Christians, we are called to be accepting and loving to all.”
GiveSendGo’s growth was recently turbocharged by GoFundMe’s decision to return donations to Freedom Convoy protests in Canada, falsely claiming it violated the crowdsourced fundraising site’s terms of service that “prohibit user content that reflects or promotes behavior in support of violence.”
Other high-profile campaigns include one launched by Candace Owens in support of Lieutenant William Kelly, who was fired by the Norfolk Police Department after donating $25 to Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense fund. Another popular campaign involved raising money to hire attorneys to challenge mask mandates imposed by the LaPorte School Corporation in Indiana.
“Platforms like GiveSendGo represent an important step towards ending the financial censorship of woke corporates,” Candace Owens told El American. “Their mission has never been more important and it’s high time that conservatives step up to use them in this era of conservative financial McCarthyism.”
“Like many of the other campaigns that have come to GiveSendGo after being canceled by other platforms, our freedom to fund philosophy has been a ray of hope for those who have been unfairly attacked and disparaged,” Wells adds. “The Freedom Convoy has raised record amounts on our platform, most of which are in small nominal donation amounts which shows the grassroots nature of the support that they received.”
“This has in turn increased the visibility of our platform to people around the world,” he continued. “We have seen a tremendous increase in campaign creations, funds being raised, and prayer messages being sent. In the first three months of this year, we have already surpassed our 2021 annual totals. GiveSendGo continues to invest back into our platform to become the best fundraising platform available in the marketplace.”
In the coming months, the platform is looking to offer other services such as cryptocurrency and potentially even open its own bank. Whatever the future holds for the company, its success provides further evidence that the “alt-tech” revolution is finally coming to fruition.
“GiveSendGo is always looking to expand its product offerings. We are in the process of adding in cryptocurrency as an option for giving. We are also looking at developing wallet options as other payment processors have. There is also discussion about being involved in the creation of a bank. These are just a few of the many options that are on the table for us.”
Find more information about popular fundraising campaigns at givesendgo.com
Ben Kew is English Editor of El American. He studied politics and modern languages at the University of Bristol where he developed a passion for the Americas and anti-communist movements. He previously worked as a national security correspondent for Breitbart News. He has also written for The Spectator, Spiked, PanAm Post, and The Independent
Ben Kew es editor en inglés de El American. Estudió política y lenguas modernas en la Universidad de Bristol, donde desarrolló una pasión por las Américas y los movimientos anticomunistas. Anteriormente trabajó como corresponsal de seguridad nacional para Breitbart News. También ha escrito para The Spectator, Spiked, PanAm Post y The Independent.