Scadding Court Community Centre’s efforts to sponsor Syrian refugees has hit a snag, with online money transfer service PayPal declining some of the payments residents have attempted to make.
The downtown organization is hosting a fundraising dinner later this month to raise funds to sponsor at least one and hopefully two families of Syrian refugees looking to come to Canada. Rather than providing an easy service through which donors can buy tickets, PayPal has instead caused problems for the fundraising efforts.
“For some reason, some people who have tried to contribute to our cause online have been getting a message saying their payment is pending,” said Areej Hasso of Scadding Court. “Then they get a message saying their payment has been declined by Scadding Court, and that’s not true.
“Who denies a contribution?”
Scadding has run several fundraising efforts online following natural disasters in Nepal, Chile, Pakistan, China and the Philippines. Hasso said the organization has used PayPal for all of those efforts and had never run into problems before.
“We’ve used PayPal as a means of raising funds online because it’s quick and easy,” she said. “The typical practice as far as our experience goes is that payments are processed pretty much immediately.”
Hasso said Scadding has records of at least eight payments that have been denied. In talking to PayPal on Thursday, Oct. 29, Scadding was told the matter would be investigated and an explanation would be provided, but as of The Mirror’s press time, the centre had received no response.
“As time goes by, it’s thwarting our efforts (to fundraise) more and more,” Hasso said. “Facing these issues now brings into question for us whether fundraising for Syrian refugees is flagging some sort of security concern.”
Representatives from PayPal did not immediately return requests for comment.
For the time being, Scadding is making do by having people donate or purchase tickets to the fundraising dinner directly through the centre. The dinner will take place at Dim Sum King Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Areej Hasso at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 416-392-0335.