DONOR BILL OF RIGHTS
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is essential to a community quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public and other constituencies, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, Benefunder declares that all donors have the following rights, modeled after the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Donor Bill of Rights:
- To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for intended purposes.
- To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s Board of Directors and to expect the Board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to, upon request, the organization’s three most recent financial statements and IRS Statements 990, the organization’s nonprofit IRS 501(c) (3) determination letter, and any other documents as set forth in the IRS’s guidelines (IRC 6104) regarding contents of nonprofit organizations’ public inspection files.
- To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
- To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.
Unless otherwise specifically indicated, the presence of information on the Site regarding any nonprofit organization or university does not mean that Benefunder endorses or supports that organization. The information provided on each profile is provided by the nonprofit organization or university itself or obtained from publicly available data. Benefunder does not guarantee the accuracy of any such data or make any representations or warranties with regard to any organization profile in this database. An organizational profile, as viewed or printed from this system, is not intended to be a user’s complete source of information regarding an organization. Rather, it can serve as a way for a user to initially screen an organization and decide if that organization warrants further examination. Whenever possible, Benefunder will attempt to provide explanation for any data discrepancies. If prospective donors have further questions about an organization, they may either contact the organization directly or contact Benefunder.
NO FINANCIAL, LEGAL OR TAX ADVICE
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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
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LINKS TO THE SITE
Benefunder welcomes links to the Site. You are free to establish a hypertext link to the home page of the Site so long as (a) the link does not state or imply any sponsorship of your site by Benefunder; and (b) you do not link to any page within the Site beyond the home page or first page without first obtaining Benefunder’s prior written consent.
No Framing. Without Benefunder’s prior written permission, you may not frame or in-line link any of the Site Content or any services offered through the Site, or incorporate into any other website or other service any of the intellectual property of the Site, Benefunder or its service providers.
Benefunder respects others’ intellectual property rights; however, the Site contains information that is provided by or obtained from third-party sources. If you believe that your copyrighted material is being infringed by anything on the Site, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by providing a writing statement to Benefunder using the CONTACT US link on the Benefunder Site.
Notification must include: (1) an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest that allegedly has been infringed; (2) a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, including the web page address of the location where the copyrighted work exists or a copy of the copyrighted work; (3) a description or location of the material on the Site that you claim is infringing; (4) information we can use to contact you, including your address, telephone number, and e-mail address; (5) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the use of the allegedly infringing material is without the authorization of the copyright owner, its agent, or applicable law; and (6) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notification is accurate and that your are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
To the full extent permitted by applicable law, Benefunder disclaims on behalf of itself as well as its affiliates, partners and service providers, all warranties, express, implied or statutory, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.
LIMITATION ON LIABILITY
In no event shall Benefunder, its affiliates, partners or its service providers and its and their respective officers, directors, employees, consultants, agents, and subsidiaries be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, reliance or exemplary damages, including without limitation damages for loss of profits or data arising out of or resulting from this web site or content, under any legal theory, even if advised of the possibility of such damages and notwithstanding the failure of essential purposes of any limited remedy. You agree that Benefunder’s liability and the liability of its affiliates, partners and service providers, if any, arising out of any kind of legal claim in any way connected to the site or any of the services provided hereunder shall not exceed $1.
SPECIAL JURISDICTIONAL ISSUES
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations may not apply to you.
If you are a California resident, you waive California Civil Code Section 1542 which reads: "a general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor."
EXEMPT STATUS UNDER SECTION 501(C)(3)
Benefunder is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to Benefunder are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Benefunder's tax id is 46-4303216