ConnectTogether’s Terms of Service
Our terms of service describe what ConnectTogether does for you and the Non-profits and other good causes you are supporting, and what we kindly request of you as a user in return.
Welcome to the First 'By Invitation Only' social network for socially responsible people!
We operate in a number of countries and these core terms of service apply in each. There are some country specific terms which also apply.
Here are the key points:
- We run and maintain a website that processes donations on behalf of the charities and other good causes featured on it. For this service, and the support we provide to them and their supporters, charities and other good causes pay us a transaction fee of up to 5% on the donation. Because we promptly pay donations to charities and other good causes, we regret that we can only refund a donation if the charity or other good cause expressly requests it, and they can pay us back. Please get in touch with the charity or other good cause first. For certain causes on the website, we may not process your donation until after a specified fundraising target has been achieved. Where this applies it will be made clear at the time of your donation. Alternatively, for these causes, we may process the donation upfront but if the fundraising target is not achieved you will be able to choose to: give your donation to your chosen project in any event; or transfer your donation to another good cause on the website. For these causes, we regret that no refund will be provided.
As a Charity, if you create a ConnectTogether fundraising page or use any of our other services, please remember ConnectTogether is for everyone. We’ll remove offensive, obscene or racist content on the rare occasions when we find it – and we may terminate membership as a result. Please also make sure that the content you upload to the site, especially pictures, is not copyright-protected.
That’s it! However if you want the full, extended version, here it is:
ConnectTogether is a trading name of the local ConnectTogether entity as identified in the country specific terms of service. ConnectTogether operates www.ConnectTogether.com (the "Website") and its associated services. These core terms of service (and the relevant country specific terms) (together the "Terms of Service") govern your use of the Website and its associated services. Please read these Terms of Service carefully. If you do not wish to be bound by these Terms of Service, you should not continue to use or access the Website or its associated services.
These Terms of Service may change or be updated from time to time. It remains your responsibility to access and check these Terms of Service wherever you access the Website. The latest version of these Terms of Service will govern any future usage by you of the Website and its associated services.
About the charities, good causes and organisations featured on the Website
The Website and its associated services allows you to donate to, and raise funds for, any of the causes listed on the Website ("Causes") which could include charities, certain non-charitable good causes referred to on the Website as ConnectTogether Projects ("ConnectTogether Projects") and other listed organisations. Every Cause featured has a contractual agreement with ConnectTogether authorizing ConnectTogether to collect donations on its behalf. Causes are listed on this Website at ConnectTogether's discretion, however we cannot accept responsibility for the activities of the Causes. A charity must have the appropriate authorization, permit or license to operate as a charity, as required by the local laws of the territory in which it operates. You should note that ConnectTogether Projects are probably not charities therefore you should read the description of them carefully and be happy that they are genuine and suitable to receive your donation. Different charities, ConnectTogether Projects and other organisations can have similar names: it is your responsibility to check that you are donating to the Cause you intended.
Subject to the requirements of applicable local laws, and what we say below in relation to ConnectTogether Projects, once your donation is made, it will only be refunded to you with the prior written consent of the Cause to whom it has been made, regardless of whether or not the donation had been paid to the Cause by ConnectTogether. Before a donation is refunded, the relevant Cause must agree that ConnectTogether may, subject to local applicable laws, deduct the amount to be refunded from subsequent payments to be made by ConnectTogether to the Cause. Where no further payments are due to be made to such Cause within one (1) week of the refund being made to you, ConnectTogether reserves the right to invoice the Cause for the amount of the refund and the Cause must agree to settle that invoice within one (1) month of the date of the invoice. In relation to ConnectTogether Projects, ConnectTogether may not charge your donation to your payment card account (using the details you provide at the time of donating) until after the fundraising target has been achieved. Alternatively, ConnectTogether may charge the donation to your card account at the time of donating but if the ConnectTogether Project fundraising target is not achieved ConnectTogether will allow you to either: make your donation to the ConnectTogether Project in any event; or transfer your donation to another Cause on the Website. For donations made to ConnectTogether Projects no refunds will be provided, subject to applicable local laws. If you do not agree to this you should not use the Website to make donations to ConnectTogether Projects.
Use of your donation
ConnectTogether does not warrant that your donations will be used for any particular purpose and shall not be responsible for any dissatisfaction you may have regarding the recipient Cause's use of any donation you may make through the Website or its associated services or websites powered by us or for any misuse or non-use of such donations by the recipient Cause. After donations are made, all further dealings are solely between the donor and such recipient organization.
Please note that recipient organisations (excluding ConnectTogether Projects) reserve the right to use your donation for their general purposes. They will use your donation for any purpose in accordance with their own rules. ConnectTogether cannot guarantee that funds will be earmarked for a particular appeal. If you want your donation to be used for a specific purpose or for a particular appeal you should contact the organization and make your donation directly to them.
ConnectTogether will verify the identity of a ConnectTogether Project creator when they set up a ConnectTogether Projects page but ConnectTogether shall have no liability to donors whatsoever for any use or mis-use of donations made to the ConnectTogether Project. The ConnectTogether Projects service is intended to open up fundraising activities for good causes which are not charities. The ConnectTogether Project may state that they will use donations only for specific purposes however ConnectTogether cannot guarantee that they will use it for such purpose. If you have any doubts as to how the money will be spent then you should contact the ConnectTogether Project directly to seek reassurance. It is your sole responsibility, as a user of the Website, to ensure that the good cause stated to be supported on a relevant ConnectTogether Projects page is one that you wish to support.
ConnectTogether charges a small transaction fee on every donation made on the Website or its associated services. The fee is currently up to 5% of the gross donation. NO Subscription fee applies to member charities for additional services.
ConnectTogether is, subject to applicable laws, hereby authorized to deduct the transaction fee together with applicable taxes and bank processing charges from the donations provided to you under these Terms of Service.
Unauthorized card use
When a donation is made on the Website and charged to your card the transaction is final and not disputable unless unauthorized use of your payment card is proved. If you become aware of fraudulent use of your card, or if it is lost or stolen, you must notify your card provider in accordance with its reporting rules.
Your privacy is very important to us. We designed our Data Use Policy in a way that only YOU can use your content and information. Only the members and followers of the same NGOs than yours can see and comment your content and picture.
Sharing Your Content and Information
You own all of the content and information you post on ConnectTogether, and you can control how it is shared.
However as ConnectTogether is a charity social network, we do share your information with the charities your support unless you tell us otherwise in changing the appropriate parameter in your profile settings.
For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), they REMAIN ALL YOURS. ConnectTogether doesn't request any permission for publishing or reusing your content.
When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).
When you use an application, the application may ask for your permission to access your content and information as well as content and information that others have shared with you. We require applications to respect your privacy, and your agreement with that application will control how the application can use, store, and transfer that content and information.
When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of the NGOs - non profit that you are connected to, to access and see that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).
Licence of Trademark for a Charity - Non Profit organization
To ensure the promotion of your entity, you hereby grant to ConnectTogether, its affiliates and its partners a non exclusive licence to use any of your ConnectTogether Project's trademarks solely in connection with the Website and associated services and its operation and promotion and for no other purpose whatsoever.
The license shall terminate automatically on expiry or termination of these Terms of Service or the removal of your ConnectTogether Projects page from the Website in accordance with these Terms of Service.
We do our best to keep ConnectTogether safe, but we cannot guarantee it. We need your help to keep ConnectTogether safe, which includes the following commitments by you:
You will not post unauthorized commercial communications (such as spam) on ConnectTogether.
You will not collect users' content or information, or otherwise access ConnectTogether, using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers) without our prior permission.
You will not engage in unlawful multi-level marketing, such as a pyramid scheme, on ConnectTogether.
You will not upload viruses or other malicious code.
You will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.
You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user.
You will not post content that: is hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.
You will not develop or operate a third-party application containing alcohol-related, dating or other mature content (including advertisements) without appropriate age-based restrictions.
You will not use ConnectTogether to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.
You will not do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working or appearance of ConnectTogether, such as a denial of service attack or interference with page rendering or other ConnectTogether functionality.
You will not facilitate or encourage any violations of this Statement or our policies.
Registration and Account Security
ConnectTogether users provide their real names and information, and we need your help to keep it that way. Here are some commitments you make to us relating to registering and maintaining the security of your account:
You will not provide any false personal information on ConnectTogether, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
You will not create more than one personal account.
If we disable your account, you will not create another one without our permission.
You will not use your personal timeline primarily for your own commercial gain, and will use a ConnectTogether Page for such purposes.
You will not use ConnectTogether if you are under 12.
You will not use ConnectTogether if you are a convicted sex offender.
You will keep your contact information accurate and up-to-date.
You will not share your password, let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.
You will not transfer your account (including any NGO page you administer) to anyone without first getting our written permission.
If you select a username or similar identifier for your account or Page, we reserve the right to remove or reclaim it if we believe it is appropriate (such as when a trademark owner complains about a username that does not closely relate to a user's actual name).
Protecting Other People's Rights
We respect other people's rights, and expect you to do the same.
You will not post content or take any action on ConnectTogether that infringes or violates someone else's rights or otherwise violates the law.
We can remove any content or information you post on ConnectTogether if we believe that it violates this Statement or our policies.
If we remove your content for infringing someone else's copyright, and you believe we removed it by mistake, we will provide you with an opportunity to appeal.
If you repeatedly infringe other people's intellectual property rights, we will disable your account when appropriate.
You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including ConnectTogether), or any confusingly similar marks, except with our prior written permission.
You will not post anyone's identification documents or sensitive financial information on ConnectTogether.
Changes to the service
ConnectTogether will make every effort to ensure that the Website and other services are available continuously, but reserves the right to modify, suspend or discontinue all or any part at any time with or without notice. Unless specifically exempted, any new features, services or software applications introduced shall be subject to these Terms of Service.
Mobile and Other Devices
We currently provide our mobile services for free, but please be aware that your carrier's normal rates and fees, such as text messaging and data charges, will still apply.
In the event you change or deactivate your mobile telephone number, you will update your account information on ConnectTogether within 48 hours to ensure that your messages are not sent to the person who acquires your old number.
You provide consent and all rights necessary to enable users to sync (including through an application) their devices with any information that is visible to them on ConnectTogether.
Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability
ConnectTogether does not, and nothing in these Terms of Service shall act to, exclude or limit ConnectTogether's liability for death or personal injury resulting from its negligence, fraud or any other liability which may not by applicable law be excluded or limited. You agree that your use of the Website and its associated services is on an "as is" and "as available" basis and that your use of the Website and its associated services is at your sole risk. ConnectTogether does not guarantee continuous uninterrupted or secure access to our services and operation of the Website and associated services may be interfered with by numerous factors outside of our control. On that basis, except as expressly set out in these Terms of Service and except for the rights, guarantees and remedies which cannot be excluded, ConnectTogether does not provide other conditions, guarantees, warranties or terms in relation to the Website or its associated services, to the extent permissible by law. ConnectTogether shall undertake general maintenance and upkeep of the Website, at the times set out in the applicable country specific terms, from time to time. During these periods, the Website and its associated services may not be available for use. In exceptional circumstances, the Website and associated services may also become unavailable at other times.
ConnectTogether shall only be liable under these Terms of Service for losses which are reasonably foreseeable and caused by ConnectTogether's breach of these Terms of Service or ConnectTogether's negligence. ConnectTogether's total liability to you arising under or in connection with these Terms of Service, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty or otherwise, shall in no circumstances exceed the total sum of the donations you have made using the Website in the preceding 12 month period, ending on the date the circumstances giving rise to ConnectTogether's liability arose.
ConnectTogether's liability to you shall not include losses relating to any business of yours or your own losses such as lost or corrupt data, loss of profits, loss of contracts, loss of business opportunity, loss of sales, loss of revenue, loss of goodwill, loss of any software or data, loss of bargain, loss of opportunity, loss of use of computer equipment, loss of or waste of management or other staff time.
ConnectTogether may change the format and content of the Website and its associated services from time to time. You should refresh your browser each time you visit the Website to ensure that you download the most up to date version of the Website, including the latest version of these Terms of Service.
Nothing in these Terms and Conditions excludes any statutory rights which may apply to your use of the Website and associated services which cannot be excluded, restricted or modified by contract.
These Terms of Service and any contractual or non-contractual dispute arising out of or in connection with your use of the Website or the associated services are governed by the law, and subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of, the country set out in the country specific terms.
ConnectTogether reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to immediately and without notice suspend or permanently deny your access to all or part of the Website and associated services where you breach these Terms of Service including where there is any actual or suspected fraudulent, criminal or improper use of the Website or associated services. These Terms of Service shall terminate automatically upon the removal by you or ConnectTogether of your ConnectTogether Projects page from the Website. These Terms of Service will continue to apply to past use by you.
Upon termination or suspension or denial of access to the Website and associated services, funds already received on your behalf by ConnectTogether will be handled in accordance with the provisions above, provided that any potential repayment (where applicable) may be delayed where ConnectTogether conducts an investigation regarding your use of the Website and associated services and may decide to refuse to pay funds across to you where you have breached these Terms of Service. In such circumstances ConnectTogether may authorise a refund of donations to donors.