Tuesday, September 6, 2011

We're Having a Little Emergency!

  Despite a lot of hardships, nothing has stopped us from successfully funding and running our organization for the last 10 years. In fact, we’re proud of the fact that we’re completely virtual, run on a bit of a shoe-string, yet have done so much to help others.

   But in 4 short days, Paypal has taken us out.  After 7 years of being ‘a very good customer’, they requested our non-profit documentation as part of the new IRS compliance. This was no problem. We’re a bonafide 501(c)(3) non-profit since 2001. I went about providing the necessary information the very first day we received notice. We had 4 days to fully comply or our account would be ‘limited’.

  After providing every document imaginable, they asked us to click a series of buttons to change to a different type of account. Not a problem.

 But we were unable to complete the request because of a glitch in their system. It continually took us to the wrong screen.  Many, many calls later only ended in our account being ‘limited’ as the 4 days ran out, which in effect means they have hold of our entire operating expenses for the month of September and beyond. Limited really means seized. OH we can take donations - we just can’t access the funds.

Like maybe - ever.

  I’ve never had to do this, but as the Breast Health Foundation’s founder, I’m putting out an emergency call for our non-profit to mitigate our losses and save our site.

 We are in need of emergency donations due to the actions of Paypal. We opened a non-profit Amazon Pay account to accept these. They had everything ready to go for us in less than 10 hours. I wish I’d known about this sooner - many thanks to Jonathan Leissler. 

  Our new Amazon donation buttons are located in the right sidebar  --->

 Please give if you can. Can you donate a couple ‘Starbucks coffees’ to us?  No, we won’t drink the coffee, we’ll put the money to use running the site! Please give. Our services are greatly needed. The breast care we provide receives no pink funding.
There is more than one breast disease and condition that affects women. We are mainly member supported. These are women who are supported by no one else but themselves, which I think is a crime in itself. Many of these woman are facing surgery today, tomorrow, this week, and depend on us to be here.  Please help if you can.

  Those who know me know I rarely ask for anything - am generally on the other end offering my help. Please hear my plea today and help us bridge the gap.

  Donations are tax deductible. I will manually email out all receipts to donors. Since Amazon payments are new to us, let me know if you need any help or encounter any problems. You can leave a comment here or find me under the same name on Twitter, Facebook, G+ and Gmail: AnniBricca.

Thank you,

Anni Bricca
Founder & CEO
Breast Health Foundation


  1. Also consider Moneybookers. IMHO, they're the best PayPal alternative.

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