Rules and Regulations
Classy Awards Rules
Annual Classy Awards Official Rules
No purchase or payment is necessary to participate. The 7th Annual Classy Awards Program is open to United States residents and residents of Canada (excluding all territories and outlying areas); This offer is void where prohibited. Classy Inc. ("Classy"), a California corporation, is the official sponsor and administrator of the 7th Annual Classy Awards program. By participating in the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program, in any form, you agree to these official rules.
Statement of Purpose
The Classy Awards Program provides a platform for identifying and recognizing excellence in social innovation.
The "Classy Awards Committee" means an internal panel of judges assembled by Classy to screen preliminary applications and select the top 100 Nominees.
The "Classy Awards Panel" means all aspects, and phases, of any kind or degree, of the 6h Annual Classy Awards, and all activity related thereto, from the point in time when submissions are first accepted through the period following the award show when any prizes which may be offered are fully distributed.
The "Classy Awards Platform" means the web-based platform Classy has developed to collect all information in connection with applications for the Classy Awards Program, which includes, but is not limited to the forward facing elements of the Classy Awards website, https://www.classy.org/collaborative.
"Leadership Council" means the panel of experts assembled by Classy to select and judge the Top 100 Programs and determine the 10 Classy Awards winners.
An "Org Profile" means an organizational profile on the Classy Awards Platform intended to be filled out by a Social Impact Organization after that organization has been accepted through the preliminary screening process.
A "Participant" means anyone who accesses the Classy Awards Platform, including but not limited to, those who submit a preliminary application at https://www.classy.org/collaborative/awards-apply-for-consideration and those who fill out an Org Profile, whether partially or completely.
A "Program" means an ongoing effort by an organized group of people to address a social problem which embraces a defined methodology or model for creating progress towards the alleviation or elimination of that social problem.
The "Program Section" refers to the portion of the Org Profile meant to capture relevant information on one or more Programs run by the Social Impact Organization filling out that Org Profile.
The "Organization Overview" refers to the portion of the Org Profile meant to capture relevant information about the Organization, including mission, financial information, and leadership.
A "Social Impact Organization" means an entity that has a substantial purpose of redressing a social problem, or several social problems, through the implementation of one or more Programs.
In order to be eligible to participate in the Classy Awards Program you must: Be a Social Impact Organization based in the United States or Canada, although your Programs may be implemented anywhere. The submitted Programs must have at least one year of measurable results. Have a representative that is 18 years of age or older. Completely fill out and submit an Org Profile. Org Profile must be completed in English. Comply with all rules, restrictions, and processes laid out in these Official Rules.
Application Period. Interested Social Impact Organizations must submit a completed Org Profile between November 14, 2017 and January 22, 2017 by visiting the following URL: https://www.classy.org/collaborative
Program Section. Each Social Impact Organization that begins an Org Profile must complete 100% of the required inputs within the Organization Overview and Program Section for each Program it wants to be eligible to compete for a Classy Award; organizations may provide information for up to five different Programs in the Program Section. Each completely filled out Program will count as a submission for a Classy Award. It is possible for one organization to have more than one Program included in the Top 100 Programs as Classy Awards Finalists. It is also possible for one organization to have multiple Programs win Classy Awards.
Classy Awards Finalists. All organizations that complete an Org Profile within the allotted time frame ( "Nominees" ) will move on to the first full round of judging, during which each Program will be given a numerical score by the Classy Awards Committee based on the judging criteria included below. The 100 Programs with the highest scores will be announced as the Classy Awards Finalists on March 13, 2017.
Classy Awards Winners. The Leadership Council will, without reference to the earlier scores determined by the Classy Awards Committee, score the Classy Awards Finalists based on the judging criteria included below to determine the 10 Classy Awards winners. The finalists with the top ten aggregate numerical scores, as judged by the Leadership Council, will be the winners. The Classy Awards Winners will be announced at the Classy Awards on June 15th, 2017.
Members of the Leadership Council or the Classy Awards Committee (as specified above) will judge Nominees based on the following factors.
Scale, scope and leadership expertise of the problem being addressed.What is the scale of the problem? What is the significance of the change the organization is seeking to make? What level of expertise does the Nominee exhibit in its knowledge of the problem, its trending behaviors and contributing factors?
Innovative Solution. How creative is the solution? To what extent is the solution differentiated from traditional approaches to this problem? Are there any unique activities, technologies, or collaborations that drive this approach?
Ability to Solve the problem. Is there a clearly defined strategy and future roadmap? Is there a model set up for long-term success? Has the organization established a strong foundation for future growth? Has the organization illustrated, through performance metrics and previous measurable results, that it is capable of eradicating the problem?
Organizational effectiveness and resource management. Are the organization's goals in line with available resources? Does the organization have organizational strengths that stand out (e.g. strong mechanisms for continuous learning, leadership recognized for expertise or innovation, partnerships that further leverage the organization's resources, etc.)?
During each round, numerical scores will be awarded based on the above judging criteria. In the event that two or more Programs are tied on numerical score and the tie needs to be resolved in order to determine who will become either a Classy Awards Finalist, or a Classy Awards Winner (as applicable), the tie will be resolved by a discussion period and subsequent vote held by (i) the Classy Awards Committee for judging rounds it mediates and (ii) the Leadership Council for judging rounds it mediates. In the event of a persisting tie, continued rounds of discussion and subsequent votes will be held until the tie is broken.
Conflicts of Interest
All judges participating in the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program, whether members of the Classy Awards Committee or the Leadership Council will be screened from (i) judging any Social Impact Organizations they are employed by or affiliated with, or (ii) judging any Social Impact Organizations that they identify being unable to objectively evaluate according to the designated judging criteria.
Prizes, in addition to the Classy Award itself, may be offered in connection with the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program. Any prizes offered will be prominently announced and displayed on the Classy Awards Website, which is accessible at https://www.classy.org/collaborative
Approximately 1000 nominations were received for the 5th Annual Classy Awards. Classy expects similar participation numbers this year. The odds of winning a Classy Award will depend upon the strength of your Program submission(s), as determined by the judges, and the number of Program Submissions received for the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program.
Each Participant is responsible for complying fully with both the letter and spirit of all the provisions of these Official Rules for the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program. Failure to do so may result in disqualification from the Classy Awards Program.
On pain of disqualification, all Participants are strictly prohibited from, in any degree, and in connection with any portion of the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program, engaging in the following conduct: Interfering, in any way, with the legitimate administration of the Classy Awards Program. Employing any technological device in order to neutralize or evade security measures put in place by Classy to protect the integrity of the Classy Awards Program. Including false or misleading information in a submission or any other materials submitted in connection with the Classy Awards Program. Violating any third party's rights, including rights protected by the United States Copyright Laws, in connection with a submission or participation in the Classy Awards Program. Engaging in conduct which raises material questions about the Participant's honesty, integrity, or character or which may subject the Classy Awards to disrepute by association. Making false or materially misleading statements, or omissions, when asked to respond to a complaint or other inquiry from Classy. Engaging in any act, course of conduct, or omission that Classy reasonably believes to be inconsistent with the spirit of the Classy Awards Program, or its fair administration. Engaging in, or encouraging others to engage in, conduct that violates the law or another party's legal rights. Using any aspect of the Classy Awards Program as a platform for political advocacy or advancing a partisan agenda. Discriminating against, disparaging or denigrating anyone on account of race, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, political orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status or mental or physical disability. Disparaging or denigrating a product, service, person, company or organization including, but not limited to, Classy and its partners. Promoting or advocating for a religion or any particular religious point of view in connection with the Classy Awards Program, or engaging in proselytizing, which includes but is not limited to, acts meant to advance a religious denomination or expand its membership or encourage conversion. Making statements which contain profanity, are overtly sexual or violent, that suggest an intent to abuse or harm others, or that are otherwise gratuitous or offensive.
Classy will, in its sole discretion, determine whether or not a Participant has violated one of foregoing rules or any other provision of this agreement.
Continuing Eligibility. Classy reserves the right, throughout all phases of the Classy Awards Program, to take any additional steps it deems reasonably necessary to ensure that each Participant meets the qualification standards set forth herein, has otherwise complied with these rules, and is not engaged in any morally suspect activity. Participants agree to comply with all such measures and understands that theircontinuing eligibility to participate in the Classy Awards Program (including the right to receive any prizes in connection therewith) is expressly conditioned on such compliance.
Additional Forms. If you are selected as a winner of a 7th Annual Classy Award, you may be required, in Classy's sole discretion, to sign and submit an affidavit of eligibility, applicable tax forms, liability releases, and other relevant paperwork. Winning Participants may also be required to grant Classy the right to use their names/likenesses to promote the Classy Awards Program. The completion of any such forms is a precondition of receiving any prizes which may be offered in connection with the Classy Awards Program.
Cancellation, Modification or Suspension. If, for any reason, the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program is not capable of running as planned, including (but not limited to) because of: computer virus, bugs, tampering, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause, Classy reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify, or suspend the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program without liability of any kind to Participants.
Data Inputted. By inputting information into the Org Profile, Participants grant Classy a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty free, sub-licensable (through multiple tiers) license to copy, store, transmit, publish, publicly display, publicly perform, and otherwise use this content or information to further the purposes of the Classy Awards Program and Classy, such use may include the public display of the Org Profile and any or all information submitted.
Technical Problems. Classy assumes no responsibility for errors in transmission, interruptions in service, or other technical errors or delays, which could affect the Classy Awards Platform, and which may impact whether a completed submission is received by Classy. Interruptions or errors may arise from, among other things, high volumes of Internet traffic to the Classy Awards website, failures in the Participant's Internet service, unauthorized intervention by third parties, or other technological problems.
Tax Obligations. All tax obligations which may arise or relate to receipt of any cash or in-kind prizes which may be offered in connection with the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program are the sole responsibility of the Participant.
Finality of Decisions. All decisions made by the judges of the 7th Annual Classy Awards programs are FINAL.
Liability Release. By participating in the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program, or by accepting a prize in connection with the awards, you agree to release Classy, its media partners, sponsors, and each of the foregoing's directors, officers, employees, and agents (collectively, the "Releasees") from al costs, expenses, liability, losses, or claims of any kind, whether known or unknown, which may arise from, or relate to, your participation, of any kind or degree, in any phase of the Classy Awards Program or from your use of any prize(s) received. This release shall be effective even if your loss or claim is caused by, or contributed to by, the negligence of one or more of the Releasees. In addition to the foregoing, you agree to waive any rights you may have under California civil code §1542 which states: "A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his or her favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him or her must have materially affected his or her settlement with the debtor."
Indemnification. As a participant in the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program you agree to hold harmless, defend, and indemnify each of the Releasees for any costs, expenses, judgements, or liabilities, of any kind, and including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred as a result of third party claims arising from, or relating to, (1) your acts or ommissions, or (2) your breach of any of the rules, terms, warranties, or other provisions of this agreement.
Limitation on Liability To the extent that a participant has a claim that is not released by the above liability release, the aggregate liability of Classy and other releasees shall be limited to the greater of $50 or the actual cost (excluding attorney's fees) incurred by such claimant's participation in the Classy Awards Program. In no event shall the liability of Classy or the other Releasees include indirect, consequential, incidental, or punitive damages.
No Warranties. Any prozes which may be offered in connection with the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program are provided "as is" and "with all faults" and without warranty of any kind including, but not limited to, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or noninfringement.
Third Party Beneficiaries. Each of the Releasees is expressly intended as a third party beneficiary hereunder and each shall be fully entitled to enforce the liability provisions included herein for its protection.
Choice of Law and Jurisdiction. Recognizing that Classy is headquartered in San Diego California, each Participant acknowledges and agrees that this agreement, though entered into over the Internet, is to be taken as having been executed in California. Each Participant agrees that any disputes arising out of, or related to, this agreement or the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program shall only be brought in a State or Federal court located in San Diego County California and each Participant hereby expressly and irrevocably consents to the jurisdiction and venue thereof. This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, without regard to conflicts of laws principles.
Severability. To the extent that any provision of this agreement or any paragraph, term, sentence, phrase, clause or word of this agreement shall be found to be void, illegal or unenforceable for any reason (and not subject to further appeal), (i) the remaining terms and provisions hereof shall be unimpaired and shall remain in full force and effect, and (ii) the illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision or term shall be replaced by a term or provision that is valid and enforceable and that comes closest to expressing the intention of such invalid or unenforceable term or provision.
Sponsor/Administrator. As stated above the official sponsor and administrator of the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program is Classy Inc., located at 350 Tenth Ave, Floor 13, San Diego CA, 92101.
Winners. A list of the winners of the 7th Annual Classy Awards Program will be posted on the Classy Awards website following the award show, which will take place on June 15th, 2017.
Classy, Inc. (referred to throughout as "us," "we," "our," etc.) is the owner and operator of the www.classy.org website, an online fundraising platform for nonprofit organizations. These Terms of Service apply to the www.classy.org website, any subdomains thereof, any API integrations or widgets we offer, and any other website or webpages we own or operate that include a link to this statement (together collectively referred to as the "Website"). Any party that accesses, uses, or registers with the Website (such party referred to throughout in the second person " you," "your," etc.) agrees to be contractually bound by these Terms of Service (the "Terms").
Updates to the Terms
We may update or change the Terms from time to time. Amendments will only apply prospectively. A given amendment will not apply to claims arising before, or arising from facts occurring before, the point in time when that amendment was published to the Website. We will let you know that the Terms have been updated or changed by publishing the date of the last amendment at the top of this page. You agree that this method of notice is sufficient and that you will regularly check these Terms for updates or changes.
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Prohibited Activities. You agree to use the Website and the features and services provided through the Website only as they are obviously intended to be used. All other uses are strictly prohibited. You agree not to (and not to encourage a third party to) disassemble, reverse engineer, or otherwise attempt to discover, copy, or transmit, any source code underlying the Website or the software, features, or services provided therein.
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General User Warranties
By accessing, using, or registering with the Website you represent, warrant, and irrevocably covenant that: You have the authority to enter into this agreement. Your decision to enter into this agreement and your use of the Website will not violate any applicable law, regulation, or ordinance. Your decision to enter into this agreement and your use of the Website will not infringe the rights of any third parties. You will at all times supply truthful and accurate information to us and you will not misrepresent yourself to the public through your use of the Website. You will never use the Website, or any services we provide to you, in a manner that violates the law or the legal rights of a third party. You are at least 13 years of age if you are using the Website and have the consent of a parent or legal guardian if you are under 18 years of age.
This Website is not intended for use by nonprofit organizations organized under the laws of countries other than those of the United States of America. You represent, warrant, and irrevocably covenant that you will refrain from making financial transactions through the Website if you (i) are located in a country embargoed by the United States or (ii) are on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals. If you choose to use this Website, you are solely responsible for compliance with all applicable local laws and you consent to having your data transferred, processed, and stored in the United States.
Nonprofits pay us a subscription fee and a transaction to use the Website. Fees are laid out on the pricing page.
As the provider of the Website, we reserve the right to discontinue (i) the Website, in whole or in part, (ii) any features or services provided by or through the Website, or (iii) your account with the Website, for any or no reason, without notice to you.
Waiver of Warranties. We disclaim all warranties, express, implied, statutory, or otherwise, concerning the Website to the fullest extent allowed by applicable law. This waiver includes, but is not limited to, all warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, and accuracy of information. We make no warranties concerning continuity of service, the security of the Website, or that the Website will be error free. We offer the Website and the features and services contained therein "AS IS" and "WITH ALL FAULTS.”
Taxes. You understand that the party you transact with through the Website is the one that sets the tax language in any receipt you receive. We make no representations about the nature of any transaction you make through the Website. Always consult the organization you are transacting with and a qualified financial advisor prior to claiming a deduction on your taxes.
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In furtherance of the forgoing, and only with respect to the Released Claims, you waive your rights under California Civil Code Section 1542 which states: "A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his or her favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him or her must have materially affected his or her settlement with the debtor."
Limitation of Liability. Neither we nor our officers, directors, employees and agents, will be liable to you for special, consequential, indirect, punitive, exemplary or incidental damages (including lost revenues or profits, or loss of goodwill), regardless of the cause, legal theory, or cause of action, even if we have been advised of the likelihood thereof. Our aggregate liability, together with the liability of our officers, directors, employees and agents, arising out of this Agreement and your use of the Website (when aggregated with all other claims against us arising out of this Agreement and your use of the Website), regardless of the type of claim(s) or the nature of the cause(s) of action, will not exceed the greater of (i) one hundred U.S. Dollars ($100) or (ii) the net amount we have been paid from transaction fees arising from transactions you have made through the Website in the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the event giving rise to your claim(s). You acknowledge that the foregoing limitations are an essential basis of the bargain we have reached and that they will apply notwithstanding any failure of essential purpose of any limited remedy.
Indemnification. You agree to hold the Releasees harmless and to defend and indemnify each of them for all costs, expenses (including reasonable attorney's fees), damages, and liability from third party claims, which arise from, or relate to, your use of the Website or your breach of these Terms.
Governing Law. These Terms will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, as such laws are applied to agreements made between California residents and performed entirely within the State of California, and without regard to conflicts of laws principles.
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No Joint Venture. These Terms do not create, and shall not be construed to create, a joint venture, partnership, or other formal business relationship between you and us. At all times we shall remain independent contractors with respect to one another.
No Assignment. You have neither the right nor the power to assign your rights under these Terms. Any purported assignment of your rights under these Terms will be null and void.
Entire Agreement. These Terms contain the entire agreement between you and us, they are a complete integration of our agreement and supersede and displace any earlier or contemporaneous written or oral negotiations, statements, or agreements purporting to deal with the subject matter hereof.
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Survival. The provisions of the sections of these Terms titled "Intellectual Property," "Liability," and "General" will survive termination.
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Attorney’s Fees. If a dispute arises out of these Terms or your use of the Website then the prevailing party in any litigation will be entitled to recover all costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney's fees) incurred as a result of that litigation.
Greetings from the Classy team. This statement of our copyright policy is meant to provide you with information about the general stance we take toward the many copyright issues that can arise in the context of an online social networking environment. This page also includes forms meant to help you (i) report infringing activity or (ii) protest the removal of content you have previously posted on the classy.org website. As always, thank you for visiting classy.org; we appreciate your time and hope that the resources on this page will be helpful to you.
As a company, we encourage and value each individual’s right to free expression. We do not, however, condone the infringement of others’ legal rights in the name of free expression. We are committed to protecting the legal rights of all of the members of the public we have the privilege of interacting with, including copyright holders.
So, to all of our visitors: Please keep it classy! Don’t post or display content that belongs to someone else!
To copyright holders, we wish to assure you that we are committed to working with you to make sure that infringing activity by those using the classy.org website is kept to a minimum. Since we are a small company and our member base keeps growing every day (hooray!), it’s simply not feasible for us to monitor the activity of each person using our website. If someone using this website has infringed a right that you hold under the Copyright Laws of the United States, please let us know by filling out the appropriate form below and sending it to us. We promise to do our best to work with you to resolve the issue as quickly and fairly as possible!
To repeat infringers, if we find that your use of the classy.org website has involved multiple violations of the copyright laws, or multiple alleged violations, we will terminate your account. Please, just don’t do it.
Important Note: for all those who wish to contact Classy about a copyright issue, please take care to fill out the appropriate form in its entirety; incomplete forms may not be processed. Thanks!
To Send Complaints:
(If e-mailing, please copy and paste the appropriate form into your e-mail, or attach a filled-out version of one of the downloadable PDF files below.)
Classy Copyright Agent
350 Tenth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Infringement Complaint Forms
By typing or otherwise writing my name here, I, ______ , do represent and warrant that I am the owner of, or a duly authorized agent of the owner of, an exclusive right protected by the Copyright Law of the United States of America, which I allege to have been infringed. By typing or otherwise writing my name above I understand that I have provided a digital signature on this document that is in all ways equivalent to physically signing a tangible legal document.
Identity of the Copyrighted Work Alleged to Have Been Infringed
Representative List of Copyrighted Works Alleged to Have Been Infringed
(Only use when submitting a single notification for multiple copyrighted works.)
Identity of the Allegedly Infringing Material
(Please provide us with enough information to identify and take down the material that is the subject of your complaint.)
Your Telephone #
Your E-mail Address
By completing this complaint form, I, ______ , affirm that I believe, in good faith, that the use of the material complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, such owner’s agent, or the law. I further represent, warrant, and affirm, under the penalty of perjury, that the information I have provided in this complaint form is truthful and accurate and that I am indeed authorized to act by the proper owner of an exclusive right furnished by the Copyright Law of the United States of America, which I allege to have been infringed.
Counter Notification Form
Download Counter Notification Form
Your Telephone #
Your E-mail Address
Identity of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled
Location of the material that was removed or to which access has been disabled before it was taken down or disabled
By typing or otherwise writing my name here, I, ______ , do represent and warrant, under the penalty of perjury, that I believe, in good faith, that the material I have identified above was only removed or disabled as the result of a mistake or misidentification. My submission of this form signifies my consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which the address I have furnished above is located, or, if the address I provided above is outside the United States, my consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for San Diego County, California. I agree to accept process from the person who provided notification of the alleged copyright violation(s), which is the subject of this counter notification form, or from an agent of such person. I understand that by typing or otherwise writing my name above I am providing an electronic signature that is in all ways equivalent to providing a physical signature on a tangible legal document.
Classy Copyright Agent
350 Tenth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
What Types of Information Do You Collect?
Traffic Data. As is true of most websites, we automatically collect certain information when you visit our Website. This information includes: (i) IP addresses, (ii) domain servers, (iii) types of computers accessing the Website, (iv) types of web browsers used to access the Website, (v) referring/exit pages, (vi) data about usage patterns throughout the Website (e.g. click rates on different links etc.). Information of this type ("Traffic Data") is anonymous information that does not personally identify you but is helpful for us to improve the business performance and user experience of the Website.
Personal Information. In order for you to make donations through the Website, register with the Website, purchase tickets or registrations through the Website, RSVP to free events posted on the Website, or take certain other actions on the Website (e.g. contacting us through forms, etc.) we require you to provide us with information that personally identifies you ("Personal Information"). Personal Information includes the following types of data: Contact Data such as name, mailing address, e-mail address, and Classy user-name, account number, and password; Financial Data such as your account or credit card number; Demographic Data such as your zip code, age, and gender; Company Data such as your business name, size, and business type; Activity Data such as your donation history, fundraising history, events attended, etc.
How do you collect Traffic Data?
The Website also contains web beacons, which are electronic images that are used along with cookies to compile statistics so we can analyze how the Website is being used. Our e-mails may also contain web beacons so we can track how many people open the message or click on links within the message. This information helps us improve our communication and marketing efforts.
Is my Personal Information kept confidential?
How does Classy use my Personal Information?
We use your information in a variety of ways to help us run the Website. Here are some of the ways we use your information: To send you receipts; To send you updates about the Website; To send you updates about activity on the Website related to you; To send newsletters; To administer your account; To respond to customer service inquiries; To send marketing materials; To improve our Website and marketing efforts; To administer the Classy Awards or other promotions you have entered.
How do your email communications work?
We send out various emails to clients and others who interact with the Website, such as emails about new blog posts,product releases, or special events or promotions ("Marketing Emails"). Nonprofits that register with the Website will automatically be subscribed to receive certain Marketing Emails. Aside from those registering with the Website, you must opt in to receive Marketing Emails.
Marketing Emails contain an unsubscribe option which you can follow at any point if you wish to stop receiving some, or all, Marketing Emails. If you have received our Marketing Emails mistakenly, or wish to stop receiving them, you can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will remove you from our list.
The Website also allows nonprofit clients to send various transactional (e.g. automated donation receipts etc.) and outreach emails (together "Client Emails"). Unless such Client Emails are excepted as part of an ongoing commercial relationship, or otherwise, by CANSPAM, they will contain an unsubscribe link.
As part of a nonprofit client's use of the Website, individual supporters of the nonprofit may also send emails through the Website (" Supporter Emails"). For example, personal fundraisers may send messages to their contacts through the Website in order to ask people to visit their fundraising page and donate. They may also send emails to update donors or to thank donors for their gifts. Supporter Emails sent through the Website will have an unsubscribe link.
Please keep in mind that, notwithstanding the foregoing, we have no control over emails sent through third party emailing applications.
Who has access to my Credit Card Number?
Who has access to my Personal Information (Except for Credit Card #)?
We share your Personal information with other business partners who assist us in performing core services (such as hosting, data storage, and security) related to the operation of the Website. These business partners only use your Personal Information to perform these core services, which are necessary for the orderly operation of the Website.
Any organization you make a contribution to, or purchase from, through the Website will have access to your Personal Information (except for your credit card number); note that making a donation "anonymous" only hides your donation from public activity feeds, not the underlying charitable beneficiary.
If you donate anonymously through a personal or team fundraising page, your personal information will not be shared with either the individual fundraiser or the team fundraising captain. If you make a donation to an individual fundraiser but do not donate anonymously, then the person who created the fundraising page will also have access to your Personal Information (except for your credit card number). If you make a donation through an individual fundraising page associated with a fundraising team, or directly to a team fundraising page, then the team fundraising captain will also have access to your Personal Information (again, except for your credit card number). You consent to the foregoing and agree that we are not responsible for how these organizations or persons handle your Personal Information. You should visit their websites and/or contact them directly for their privacy policies and data usage practices.
What's an individual profile?
When you make a transaction through the Website, we automatically index it for you in an individual profile specific to you. That information remains hidden from the public. If you activate your profile, then you will be able to see your profile when you are logged in. The information in your profile remains inaccessible to the public after you activate it; in order to prevent unauthorized access to your profile, you should not share your login information with other people.
What is a charity profile?
Each nonprofit that registers with the Website is automatically created a charity profile. This profile displays the nonprofit's active events, campaigns, and projects (unless they've been made "private"). It also displays the total amount the nonprofit has raised through the Website and total number of supporters. Each charity profile also includes an activity feed that displays activity occurring on the Website related to that charity (e.g. donations made, events posted, etc.). Charity profiles are public. They can be located by using the search within the Website or by external search engines.
Are pages I create private?
In general, no. If you create a personal fundraising page, team page, an event page, campaign page, donation page, "get involved page," or other webpage on the Website, it is not private. Pages created on the Website are indexed by search engines and accessible to the public.
If you create an event or campaign on the Website and select the "private" setting, this means that the event or campaign link will not be displayed through the activity feeds on the Website, the event or campaign will not be available through the internal search function on the Website, and it will not be indexed by external search engines like Google. It does not mean, however, that people cannot still wind up on your page (e.g. if the link is shared with them). Please keep in mind that, even if you make a campaign or event private, any personal fundraising pages created by your supporters as part of that campaign or event will remain publicly accessible.
What other information is public?
Information you post on event pages, campaign pages, personal fundraising pages, a charity profile, blog posts, or other public pages on the Website can be accessed by other people. You should exercise caution when deciding to share information on public pages. We cannot control who accesses shared information or how other parties will use that information.
What are activity feeds?
Activity feeds are streamed displays of actions occurring on the Website. There are various public activity feeds on the Website. Charity profiles have activity feeds that display activity relevant to each respective charity (e.g. donations to, or ticket purchases from, that organization).
Unless you select the option to donate anonymously, your name and the amount of your donation (or ticket/registration purchase) will be publicly displayed through the relevant charity profile's activity feed and the activity feed of a fundraising or team page.
Nonprofits using the Website also have access to certain widgets (widgets are small snippets of code we generate that the nonprofit can then put into another website). These widgets allow a nonprofit to display activity occurring on the Website on the nonprofit's own website, blog, or another website. Unless you donate anonymously, your name and the amount of your donation (or ticket/registration purchase) may be publicly displayed through the activity feed on a widget. If you become a supporter of a nonprofit on the Website, or fundraise for a nonprofit on the Website, your name and picture may also be displayed on a widget. Please keep in mind that we cannot control, where a given nonprofit will embed the widgets we make accessible to it.
What are API's and how can my information be shared?
We make an application programming interface (an "API") available to nonprofit clients. An API (in non technical terms) allows a nonprofit to automatically retrieve information from our site, for use/display elsewhere (e.g. on the nonprofit's website). To give an example, a nonprofit might use our API to retrieve the names and photos of the top 5 fundraisers for a campaign it is running; the nonprofit could then display that information on a leader board on its own website. If you are fundraising for a nonprofit your name, picture, amount raised, and goal, can be retrieved by the nonprofit through our API. If you create a team fundraising page, then your name, the team goal, and the amount raised by the team can also be retrieved by the nonprofit through our API. If you host an event for a charity, then your name, contact info, and the location of your event can be retrieved by the benefitting nonprofit through our API. The foregoing examples are for illustrative purposes only. The nonprofit you engage with has access to other information through our API such as tickets sold, number of attendees, etc. That being said, the information that we make available through our API is (generally) information that is otherwise available on the Website (e.g. already posted on an event page, campaign page, available through search results, etc.).
What choices do I have?
It's up to you whether or not you want to provide us with Personal Information. You can still visit the Website without providing us with Personal information, but you will be unable to take certain actions without doing so.
You can also choose to make contributions anonymously. If you make an anonymous contribution, your name will not be displayed through the Website's activity feeds and your Personal Information will not be given to (i) the individual fundraiser you made a donation through, or (ii) the team fundraising captain if you donated through a team fundraising page or a personal page associated with a fundraising team.
How can I update or correct my Personal Information?
If you have activated your profile you can update your information by clicking on "Account Settings" which is accessible at the top of your screen once you've logged in.
What do I do if my information is lost or stolen?
If you know, or suspect, that your credit card, user name, or password has been lost, stolen, or used without your authorization you need to contact us immediately (email@example.com). Upon notification, we will take reasonable steps to mitigate any damage which may have been caused. You are responsible for the safety and security of your user name and password. You should logout after each session you have with the Website and you shouldn't share this information.
Can Children Use this Website?
Our Website is for a general audience and is not targeted towards children. Children under 13 years of age are prohibited from using the Website per our Terms of Service. If your child has used the Website and submitted Personal Information to us, please contact us and we will endeavor to remove that information from the Website and our database.