The following terms and conditions govern all use of the NeedsList website and all content, services and products available at or through the website (taken together, the Website).
Pricing: Prices from suppliers are based on quotations for minimum orders. At times, prices may fluctuate due to shipping and/or urgency. If we have not received a minimum for order we may need to reallocate funding to a different item or more likely, purchase fewer of the same item at a slightly higher price. Our mission is to ensure that funds go to most pressing needs on the ground, thus NeedsList reserves the right to reallocate funds as needed and will alert donor when funds are being allocated to meet alternate needs.
Transaction Costs: NeedsList does not charge any transaction fees on monetary donations to our partner organizations. When you donate cash, funds go directly into their Paypal account. NeedsList reserves the right to charge a small margin (5-15 percent) on supplies in order to cover payment processing and currency conversion fees as well as our own operating costs.
1. We are partners. Our mission at NeedsList is to make it easier for donors to find ways to give their time, money, and supplies. We want to make aid more efficient and really encourage direct purchasing to support local economies. With that in mind, we encourage you to use NeedsList for all three types of needs: volunteer, supplies, and fundraising. That being said, of course you are welcome to use any other platforms you like in addition. We will do our best to provide direct support to you, and will be testing out campaigns such as "need of the week" and highlight urgent needs on our home page. We do, however, rely on you to push out your list to your donors and help spread the word.
2. Fee structure. NeedsList is always free for small and medium-sized NGOs to use. We take no (ZERO) fees on top of PayPal processing fees for donations, in contrast to other crowdfunding sites that take up to 8%. To summarize:
- For small and medium-sized NGOs to create a list: FREE (no charge to NGOs)
- To purchase supplies: FREE (no charge to NGOs or donors)
- For someone to send their own supplies or bring them to you in person: FREE (no charge to NGOs or donors)
- For someone to donate cash through our donation button: FREE (NO ADDITIONAL FEES on top of PayPal's standard processing fees).
3. Supplier fees: We use local and regional businesses whenever possible to supply needs, supporting local economy and reducing shipping costs and environmental impact. In order to cover our operating costs, NeedsList reserves the right to mark up items between 5 to 15% depending on the cost. For context, standard for e-commerce retailers is to double the wholesale price to arrive at a 50% markup. We lock in pricing before disasters in order to avoid price gouging and ensure competitive pricing on all products.
3. Photo policy. We do not allow photos of children on our site, even if their parents have given permission. For adults, we encourage you to have anyone whose face will be identifiable to sign a release form. We have a template in English and Arabic if you would like a copy.
4. Transparency and Accountability. On the new version of our platform, there is a spot for "updates" where you can post pictures of items arriving, receipts, etc. It is critical to our model that you update whenever you receive items and donations. In the future we'll have a really nice way to automatically send out emails to all your donors thanking them with the pictures, but for now some of that will have to be done the old fashioned way. We'll help you as much as possible with all of it, but do require that you do updates within a week when there has been any kind of supply delivery or spending of funds to meet needs. This is what will really set NeedsList apart from other platforms, we need our donors to be able to see that their aid is getting to where it's supposed to be and it's not just lost somewhere along the way.
5. Suppliers. NeedsList reserves the right to change suppliers if we receive a better quote before placing order. We strive to support local businesses, but in cases where price is significantly lower or item is not available, we may need to look elsewhere.
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Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using the Website. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you
may not access the Website or use any services. If these terms and conditions are considered an offer by, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms. The Website is available only to individuals who are at least 13 years old.
- Your NeedsList Account and Site. If you create a list on the Website, you are responsible for maintaining thesecurity of your account, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with the account. You must not describe or assign keywords in a misleading or unlawful manner, including in a manner intended to trade on the name or reputation of others, and may change or remove any description or keyword that it considers inappropriate or unlawful, or otherwise likely to cause liability. You must immediately notify of any unauthorized uses of your blog, your account or any other breaches of security. will not be liable for any acts or omissions by You, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.
Responsibility of Contributors. If you operate a List, comment on a List, post material to the Website, post links on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, "Content"), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:
- the downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
- if your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the Content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the Content;
- you have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the Content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;
- the Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
- the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
- the Content is not pornographic, does not contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
- your list is not getting advertised via unwanted electronic messages such as spam links on newsgroups, email lists, other blogs and web sites, and similar unsolicited promotional methods;
- your blog is not named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or company. For example, your list's URL or name is not the name of a person other than yourself or company other than your own; and
- you have, in the case of Content that includes computer code, accurately categorized and/or described the type, nature, uses and effects of the materials, whether requested to do so by or otherwise.
By submitting Content to for inclusion on your Website, you grant a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your list. If you delete Content, will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.
Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, has the right (though not the obligation) to, in 's sole discretion (i) refuse or remove any content that, in 's reasonable opinion, violates any policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason, in 's sole discretion. will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.
Support. If your service includes access to priority email support. "Email support" means the ability to make requests for technical support assistance by email at any time (with reasonable efforts by to respond within one business day) concerning the use of the VIP Services. "Priority" means that support takes priority over support for users of the standard or free prosper.community services. All support will be provided in accordance with standard services practices, procedures and policies.
Responsibility of Website Visitors. has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material's content, use or effects. By operating the Website, does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. The Website may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. The Website may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Website, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.
- Content Posted on Other Websites. We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which NeedsList links, and that link to prosper.community. does not have any control over those non- websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non- website or webpage, does not represent or imply that it endorses such website or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non- websites and webpages.
- Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy.
NeedsList asks users to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by NeedsList violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify in accordance with 's Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") Policy. will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. will terminate a visitor's access to and use of the Website if, under appropriate circumstances, the visitor is determined to be a repeat infringer of the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of or others. In the case of such termination, will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.
- Intellectual Property. This Agreement does not transfer from you to any other third party intellectual property, and all rights, titles and interests in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with NeedsList, the NeedsList logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with NeedsList, or the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of or 's licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Website may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of the Website grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any or third-party trademarks.
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- Changes. reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of this Agreement. It is your responsibility to check this Agreement periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the Website following the posting of any changes to this Agreement constitutes acceptance of those changes. may also, in the future, offer new services and/or features through the Website (including, the release of new tools and resources). Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
- Termination. User may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement or your prosper.community account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using the Website. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you have a paid services account, such account can only be terminated by if you materially breach this Agreement and fail to cure such breach within thirty (30) days from 's notice to you thereof; provided that, can terminate the Website immediately as part of a general shut down of our service. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
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