PayPal Says Deadspin Fund Is “Open”

We just got the following email from PayPal:

    Ben and Meghann-

    I thought I’d respond to your blog written today about the Adam Knox fund.

    While the vast majority of people that use PayPal to accept donations have good intentions, unfortunately, there are people out there who take advantage of certain situations. We have policies in place, like those relating to charities, to protect our users and ensure that their donations do indeed go to charities. For this reason, PayPal asks for proof of charity status. Like banks, PayPal is required to follow all state, federal and international laws around charitable giving.

    Also you should know that the account associated with the Adam Knox fund is open.

    Please let me know if you have any questions about this issue.


    Amanda Pires

    Director, Corporate Communications
    PayPal, an eBay Company

We took “open” to mean that the funds are available to Adam’s family. Thanks to everyone for writing, even Amanda, who took great care not to address her company’s reputation for poor customer service, and the fact that Deadspin did not ask PayPal to list them as a charity.—MEGHANN MARCO

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