Update (20:10 UTC, August 23, 2019): After the publication of this article, BitPay said it had resolved the situation with Amazon Watch and verified the charity to accept unlimited donations.
A large donation to a nonprofit organization that works to protect the Amazon rainforest and the environment has been blocked by the compliance rules of the BitPay crypto payment firm.
@BitPay @BitPaySupport a donor, no doubt upset about horrific #AmazonFires tried to donate $100,000 to our account today and it was rejected as too high. We want to reach out to this person to resolve this issue, but have no way to do so. We need your help, ASAP. Thank you.
— AMAZON WATCH (@AmazonWatch) August 23, 2019
The charity, Amazon Watch, went to Twitter on Friday to appeal to BitPay and pass up the $ 100,000 payment.
BitPay responded on the Twitter thread, saying:
“Hi! We will escalate this issue ASAP to see if the donor can be contacted. In the meantime, if you wish to upgrade your approved volume to accept donations of this size, please go to your merchant dashboard Settings > Approved Volume.”
Amazon Watch said it had tried to increase its approved volume, but was asked to go through an additional compliance process via email.
The donation comes when the Amazon is being devastated by thousands of fires, many of which have been lit on purpose by farmers and loggers after the controversial president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, relaxed environmental standards after taking office in last october
Bolsonaro has said he is not responsible, pointing the finger at the NGOs against all the evidence.
Amazon forest fire image via Shutterstock