Memorandum of Agreement – Terms & Conditions
1. By using the Pay it Forward platform, website and our services, you agree to these contractual terms and conditions as set out here.
2. Pay it Forward is a fundraising platform for your personal, non-commercial use. Pay it Forward is for online fundraisers that collect donations from other donors.
3. If you would like to create a campaign to raise funds, you can do so here. When you register, however, the information you give us must be complete, true and verifiable. We reserve the right to cancel your campaign if you don’t comply with any of these terms.
4. To register a campaign, you must be at least 18 years old and funds will only be transferred to a bank account which is held by an individual that is over the age of 18. If you are younger than 18 you can apply to create a campaign but will need a legal adult to co create and administer the campaign.
5. Pay it Forward does not guarantee that a Campaign will obtain a certain amount of Donations or any Donations at all. We do not personally endorse any Campaign, Campaign Organiser or Charity or initiate campaigns ourselves. We expressly disclaim any liability or responsibility for the success of any Campaign, or the outcome of any fundraising purpose.
6. If you choose to contribute to a campaign or cause, you as the donor must make the final determination as to the value and appropriateness of contributing to any Campaign, Campaign Organiser or Charity.
7. The following are not permitted
a. Posting content that is harmful to others or may cause reputational harm (this includes posting discriminatory comments, comments which are inappropriate or profane, including but not limited to the distribution of child pornography, comments which constitute hate speech or content that is designed to abuse, stalk, harass or physically threaten other people);
b. content that violates any intellectual property laws, including content that is protected by a copyright or a patent;
c. content that is misleading, false, or intentionally inaccurate.
d. information that is fraudulent in nature;
e. banking details of the beneficiary or campaign creator on a campaign page, charity profile page, or anywhere on the Pay it Forward site.
f. content that is illegal, and violates any domestic or international law or content which breaches a legal duty that you owe to other people;
g. content which is designed as spam or any other unsolicited mass mailing activity that is distributed without the consent of the recipients; and
h. content which in any way threatens the security of the Pay it Forward network or one of its users’ computers, including the distribution of malware, viruses, Trojan horses, or any other harmful piece of software.
i. Campaign content that contains the offer of any contest, competition giveaway, sweepstakes, offering monetary or other rewards for donations,
j. annuities, investments, equity or lottery contracts, off-shore banking or similar transactions, money service businesses (including currency exchanges, check cashing or the like), pyramid schemes, “get rich quick schemes” (i.e., Investment opportunities or other services that promise high rewards), network marketing and referral marketing programs, debt collection or crypto-currencies;
k. credit repair or debt settlement services.
l. details of a pending or current legal case which contain content that may be defamatory to the complainant or defendant.
8. Please refrain from participating in the following activities:
a. disseminating other people’s private information – when you use the Services — whether as a contributor or charity — you will receive certain information regarding other users of the site, such as their names and their email addresses. Please keep this information private and use it solely for the purposes of participating in the Pay it Forward projects. Do not share or distribute any user information without their permission.
b. interfering with the working of Pay it Forward – you may not engage in any activity that interferes with the proper working of the Site or the Services;
c. bypassing any security – you may not bypass any of the security measures that Pay it Forward has put into place to restrict access to certain sections of the site or circumvent any of the security measures that have been put into place by Pay it Forward;
d. attempting to obtain personal information of Pay it Forward or its users – you may not attempt to gain unauthorised access to any data, password, or any other restricted information which belongs to Pay it Forward, its affiliates, or any user of its site; and
e. putting strain on Pay it Forward’s infrastructure – you may not engage in any activity that places a disproportionately large load on the infrastructure of Pay it Forward or its affiliates.
9. Contract between Campaign Creator and Contributor
a. Pay it Forward provides a funding platform for campaigns and charitable projects. When someone publishes a campaign project on Pay it Forward, they invite other people to form a legal contract with them. Anyone who contributes to a campaign (a donor) is accepting the campaigns offer and forming that contract.
b. Pay it Forward is not a part of this contract — the contract is a direct legal agreement between campaign owners and their contributors.
10. Here are the terms that govern that agreement:
a. When a project is successfully funded, the charity must use the funds for the purpose advertised. Once a charity has done this, it has satisfied its obligation to its contributors.
b. Throughout the process, charities owe their contributors a high standard of effort, honesty, transparency and a commitment to achieving the advertised goals of that charity.
c. Contributors must understand that there could be delays in a charity achieving what it has set out to do.
d. A donation is an irrevocable and unconditional act and once a donation has been made using the Services, the contributor is not entitled to a refund unless the relevant Campaign owner agrees to the refund and special arrangements are made directly with the charity or Campaign owner. Once a charity or Campaign owner has refunded the contributor it has no further obligation to that contributor, and no further agreement exists between the two parties.
e. Pay it Forward is not responsible for the fulfillment of the promises made by charities.
f. If charities are unable to satisfy the terms of their agreement, they may be subject to legal action by contributors.
g. When donating to a campaign for a charity, the charity will receive certain information such as donor names and email addresses. It is the charity’s responsibility to keep this information private and use it solely for the purposes of participating in the Pay it Forward projects. Do not share or distribute any user information without their permission.
11. Contract between beneficiaries of individual campaigns and Contributor
a. Individual campaigns are fundraisers for a person or group that is/are not affiliated with a registered charity.
b. While every effort will be taken to ‘vet’ campaigns for individuals, Pay it Forward ultimately cannot 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 individual’s use of any donation you may make through the website or for any misuse or non-use of such donations by the recipient individual cause.
c. After donations are made, all further dealings are solely between the donor and such recipient.
d. Pay it Forward shall have no liability to donors whatsoever for any use or misuse of donations made to a Pay it Forward Crowdfunding page. The Pay it Forward Crowdfunding page may state that they will use donations only for specific purposes but Pay it Forward cannot guarantee that they will use it for such purpose.
e. It is your sole responsibility, as a user of the site, to ensure that the cause stated to be supported on a relevant Pay it Forward page is one that you wish to support.
12. Vetting Individual Campaigns
a. Individual campaigns are not automatically created or accommodated on the platform. Each campaign will be reviewed based on content provided by the submission form.
b. Campaign Organizers must register using their true identities, including their name and any image or video purporting to depict the Campaign Organizer or the beneficiary of such campaign.
c. Pay it Forward takes integrity of individual campaigns seriously and will endeavor to ensure there is sufficient evidence for the legitimacy of campaign content. To this end, there are criteria in place that need to be met before a campaign is activated on the platform.
13. We reserve the right to decline campaigns based on the following criteria:
a. insufficient supporting information and/or campaign copy. This includes but is not limited to a lack of appropriate contactable references or supporting documentation that can be used to verify the campaign ‘cause’ at any stage of the process.
b. Monetary targets that are not proportionate to the cause as stated in the campaign copy
c. Campaigns that are raising funds for investment, speculation, or gambling.
d. Campaigns that offer rewards or entry into a competition/raffle
e. Campaigns that display inappropriate images or images subject to copyright
14. What we do and don’t do
a) We charge our fees before putting funds it into a campaigns or charity’s account. We (and our payment partners) will subtract fees and banking charges before transmitting the proceeds of a campaign.
b) We don’t verify the identity of the charities on the Site or whether charities are using monies received for a legitimate purpose – this is your responsibility as a contributor!
c) We don’t independently verify whether the charities hosted on the Site have section 18A status in terms of the Income Tax Act, 1962. This is something that contributors are responsible for checking with a charity before donating. As such, Pay it Forward does not guarantee that donations to charities will be tax deductible.
d) If you are a charity or campaign creator, don’t assume that you’ll be able to immediately collect your funding and don’t take any actions in reliance on collecting any donations until the money is put into your account.
e) We don’t become involved in disputes between users, or between users and any third party relating to the use of the Services. Pay it Forward will, however, investigate charity profiles or campaigns should we receive 2 or more complaints in writing about the charity or campaign.
f) Pay it Forward doesn’t endorse any content that users submit to the Site.
g) The Site may contain links to other websites (which we do not necessarily endorse). When you access these websites, you do so at your own risk.
15. Our Fees/Administrative Costs
a) Pay it Forward administrative cost for all Campaign funds = 5%
b) Pay it Forward Transaction fees = 5%
c) The transaction fee covers the cost of the financial services we provide. Including, the banking & payment gateway fees, the vetting of the campaigns and the post campaign administration and tracking of campaigns.
d) Funds are collected from the 1st – 30th of each month and paid out to the respective organisations or Campaign owners on the 10th of the following month. Should there be an urgent need to acquire the funds sooner a Campaign owner can submit a special request for funds to be released earlier. This request will not be unreasonably withheld. As long as we are sure those funds or portion thereof are cleared and cannot be reversed by donors.
16. Intellectual Property
a) As a Charity or Campaign owner, you own your ideas and the content that you post on your fundraising page. This means that you are solely responsible for the content that appears on your page. Pay it Forward will not be liable for any mistakes or omissions that appear on your page. You are also responsible for ensuring that the content that you post do not violate any the rights of third parties, or any copyright. You will be responsible for paying any royalties that become owing due to the content posted on your page.
b) Pay it Forward does not become the owner of the content that you post on your page. However, Pay it Forward does require some control over your content in order to perform the Services. Once you post information on your page, you grant Pay it Forward a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, continuous and royalty-free right to use, reproduce, display and distribute the content that you post. Pay it Forward is also entitled to modify, delete, translate or reformat the content that is posted on your page.
c) The Services are legally protected by copyright, intellectual property rights and other rights and laws. You are obliged to respect Pay it Forward’s protections at all times. Content that appears on the Pay it Forward site, whether its own content or content generated by its users, may be used and reproduced by you for personal use only. You may not use any content that appears on the Pay it Forward site for commercial gain, without prior permission from the relevant copyright holder.
17. Our Rights
Pay it Forward reserves the right:
a) to make changes to the Site and Services without notice or liability.
b) to decide who’s eligible to use Pay it Forward. We can cancel accounts, decline to offer our Services and can change our eligibility criteria at any time. If anything relating to our Site is prohibited by law where you live, then we revoke your right to use Pay it Forward in that jurisdiction;
c) in the event that any system or programme maintenance of any sort is required, to suspend services until such time as these have been completed;
d) to cancel any pledge to any project, at any time and for any reason; and
e) to reject, cancel, interrupt, remove, or suspend any project at any time and for any reason.
f) to redistribute funds that that have not been claimed after a 12 month period, to be used to further the charitable aims of Pay it Forward.
g) Pay it Forward is not liable for any damages as a result of any of these actions, and it is our policy not to comment on the reasons for any such action.
Furthermore, if you are a charity and we have already deposited funds into your account and a donation is subsequently reversed by one of our payment partners (for example, in the case of a charge-back) then we are entitled to claim the reversed amount back from you for a reasonable period after the reversal/charge-back.
18. Disclaimer, Indemnity and Limitation of Liability
You use the Services solely at your own risk. They are provided to you without warranty of any kind, whether express or implied.
If you do something that results in us getting summonsed, or if you break any of the promises or commitments you make in these Terms, you hereby indemnify us and agree to defend and hold us harmless from all liabilities, claims, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and other legal costs) that arise from or relate to your use or misuse of the Services.
In no event will Pay it Forward (or our directors, employees, partners, suppliers, or content providers) be liable for damages of any kind, including but not limited to damages (i) resulting from your access to, use of, or inability to access or use the Services; (ii) for any lost profits, data loss, or cost of procurement or substitute goods or services; or (iii) for any conduct of content of any third party on or in connection with the Site (including hackers or employees/agents of Pay it Forward acting beyond the scope of their authority). In no event shall our liability for direct damages be in excess of (in the aggregate) one thousand Rand.
By using the Services, you release Pay it Forward from claims, damages, and demands of every kind — known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed — arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and the Services.
19. Dispute Resolution and Governing Law
In the event that you have any complaints or believe that we have caused you any loss or harm, please contact us first before resorting to legal action.
In the unfortunate situation where legal action does arise, these Terms (and all other rules, policies, or guidelines incorporated by reference) will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of South Africa, and you consent and submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the High Court of South Africa, Western Cape Division, Cape Town in any dispute arising from or in connection with these Terms.
These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and Pay it Forward with regard to the Services. Neither you nor Pay it Forward will have any claim or right of action arising from any undertaking, representation or warranty not included in these Terms.
No agreement to vary, add to or cancel these Terms as they specifically apply to you will be of any force or effect unless recorded in writing and signed by or on behalf of both you and Pay it Forward.
If any provision of these Terms is rendered void, illegal or unenforceable under any law of any jurisdiction (provided the provision isn’t vital to the proper understanding of these Terms), the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions should not in any way be affected and the legality, validity and unenforceability of such provision under the law of any other jurisdiction are not in any way affected or impaired.
These Terms are personal to you and you can’t cede any rights that you may have against us, or delegate any obligations you owe to us, unless you have our prior written consent. There may, however, be circumstances where we need to cede our rights against you or delegate our obligations owed to you to third parties (for example, if we undergo a corporate restructure). These Terms constitute your prior consent to such cession and delegation. If we do cede our rights or delegate our obligations, we do undertake to notify you of this by email, or by posting a notice on the Site.