ammado provides a global online donation platform. The purpose of this Giving Policy is to outline the various giving features available on the ammado platform to individual donors, nonprofits and companies. By visiting this website, you are accepting the terms of this Giving Policy. This Giving Policy is a preliminary version and is subject to change.
I.Any member or non-member can make a donation on ammado. Our donation options range from once-off donations to one nonprofit, to repeat donations to multiple nonprofits, to the distribution of donation gift cards, payroll giving and corporate donation matching.
II.Security is of paramount importance to ammado and therefore, we have carefully selected our third-party payment service provider. ammado uses WorldPay to process its donations and to ensure that your donation payment details are handled securely. WorldPay is a leading provider of electronic payment services. All payment details for donations are handled by WorldPay. ammado does not store any payment details from our donors or even require you to enter such details on our site. For more information on Worldpay, visit www.worldpay.com.
III.ammado reserve the right to:
IV.You can choose to donate using any of our 76 currencies and switch currencies from one donation to the next. ammado monitors the strength of our currencies and will add to and remove from the list on an ongoing basis. Individual donations can be made using a wide variety of payment methods worldwide.
V.Only ammado-approved nonprofits and/or nonprofits registered by their country’s registration authority can receive donations on ammado. Nonprofits must be legally eligible in their jurisdictions in order to apply and receive ammado’s online donations facility. ammado may approve a nonprofit based on the completion of a rigorous application process. ammado will use its best efforts to ensure but cannot guarantee the legitimacy of each nonprofit it approves for the donations facility. If you have doubts about the legitimacy of a nonprofit receiving donations please inform us immediately on email@example.com. Companies distributing ammado gift cards or availing of ammado's payroll giving and matching services can restrict beneficiaries to individual nonprofits, specific categories or countries.
VI.Nonprofits can join ammado free of charge in order to utilize the platform as an awareness tool. If a nonprofit chooses to accept donations on ammado, the following charges are applicable:
VI.In many countries, donations to nonprofits are tax deductible. Tax systems vary worldwide so check with your local tax authorities regarding what is required to claim tax back. ammado provides a receipt for all successfully processed donations on ammado. These receipts contain a unique code that can be verified by ammado and are provided to donors as evidence of their donation.
VII.US International Transaction Fees: If you donate using a US credit card please note your bank and/or credit card company may impose an additional “international transaction fee” on your donation, as it is processed outside the USA. This surcharge is not imposed by or visible to ammado or its payment providers and is not covered by existing charges. The surcharge will be itemized on your statement. Please contact your bank and/or credit card company for details of any such fees it may impose.
VIII.Currency exchange fees: If you donate in a currency other than your own, your transaction will require a currency exchange. Your bank or payment provider may impose a currency exchange fee for this service. This fee is not imposed by ammado or its payment providers and is not covered by existing charges. Please contact your bank and/or payment provider for details of any such fees it may impose.
I.Whether you are an ammado member or not, you can donate by clicking on the "Donate" buttons which you will find throughout the site and follow the necessary steps.
II.The minimum donation amount is €4 or the equivalent amount in each of the available currencies. This amount can be distributed between up to 100 different nonprofits.
III.The minimum donation amount might be lower when redeeming a donation gift card.
IV.Donations can be made anonymously by ticking the 'Donate Anonymously' checkbox on the "Make a Donation" page to ensure that your name is not displayed to the nonprofit. You will still receive a receipt for your donation with your name on the receipt but this will not be visible to others. If a donor donates "anonymously", no information about the donor can be passed to nonprofits. If a donor does not select the 'Donate Anonymously' checkbox in their donation, the donor is agreeing that their information may be used by the benefitting nonprofits so long as it complies with the relevant data protection legislation.
V.Under certain conditions, when you make a donation through a Giving Widget owned by a company, that company may be able to view your donation details (date, amount, beneficiary) as well as your personal details (name, email address). The donation information collected by companies may “only” be used to match donations made through the ammado-provided donations facilities and/or for statistical purposes e.g. to track company-sponsored employee giving programs. If you do not wish your details to be visible to a company under the above conditions, please select the Anonymous option when making your donation.
VI.All donations made through ammado are final unless extraordinary circumstances, such as fraudulent use of your credit or debit card are proven. If such circumstances arise, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
VII.Certain features are only available to signed-up ammado members:
I.ammado provides nonprofits with a highly sophisticated online donation platform, giving organizations around the world access to a global donor base.
II.In order to apply for the donations facility, you first need to set up an ammado profile which is free for nonprofits. To find out whether your organization qualifies for a presence on ammado, please read our nonprofit recognition policy. Once you have checked that your organization qualifies, you can set up an ammado profile by clicking the "Sign up" button at the top of any ammado page and filling out the required form. Approval of your application may take up to a few days.
III.Once your profile is up and running, you can apply for donations. By applying for a donations facility through ammado, you are asserting the following:
To apply for the donation facility on ammado, click the 'Apply for donations' button on your ammado profile and enter your organization's registration and payment details. We require such details to ensure that only valid nonprofits receive donations and that funds are lodged to the correct accounts. Please note that the bank account entered must be the account of the nonprofit organization and not a personal bank account. If your application is successful, you will receive an email with further information.
IV.ammado ensures that all bank details are stored in a secured database. We also ensure that bank account details cannot be viewed or edited through ammado. Only a minimum of information is provided to the nonprofits to identify their accounts if they want to review their bank details.
V.Nonprofits can receive donations on ammado in 76 currencies. ammado lodges these funds to nonprofits' bank accounts in up to four currencies (U.S. Dollar, British Pound, Euro, Japanese Yen), also called settlement currencies. A nonprofit can have up to four bank accounts with ammado, one for each settlement currency. If you have more than one bank account from our four settlement currencies, you need to choose a primary bank account. If you receive a donation in one of the four settlement currencies for which you do not have a bank account with ammado, this donation will be lodged into your primary bank account based on currency exchange rates at the time of lodgment. If you receive a donation in a non-settlement currency, it will be converted into a settlement currency based on currency exchange rates at the time when the donation was made.
VI.Nonprofits can view a donations statement on their profile page by clicking on the "donations" tab in the menu bar and following instructions. A "pending" donation is a donation that has been acknowledged. Donations remain in a "pending" state until the amount is transferred to ammado at which time it will change to a "success state". Payments are made to nonprofits monthly and only if the amount of successful donations exceeds €100 or its equivalent in other currencies. This is to minimize the costs associated with transactions.
VII.Nonprofits pay the bank charges for the transfer of accumulated donations to their accounts. All amounts are rounded to the nearest unit of the currency. If a transaction cannot be completed, the nonprofit that provided the bank details will incur the bank costs involved in returning those transactions to ammado.
VIII.ammado monitors bank accounts on a daily basis and any unusual or large transactions will be investigated. Suspected fraudulent activity will lead to further investigation and account termination.
IX.The selection of a primary category is required for the ammado giving circle. The ammado giving circle displays a visual representation of donations based on the primary categories of nonprofits.
X.Once the required steps have been followed, the nonprofit becomes eligible for donations on ammado and a "Donate" button will appear on your public ammado profile. You can also click the "promote our profile" button where you will find HTML code, which you can embed on your own website to drive visitors to your new online donation facility. You can also place the "Donate" button on your blog or facebook account. The same applies to all your individual supporters.
XI.In the course of a donation, donors may choose to explicitly grant permission to your nonprofit organization to send them email updates about your work and projects. This permission will display with the donation details when you export your donation statement. If this permission is not explicitly granted, you should not contact the donor using their email address unless you have received the right to do so from another medium or the laws in your country specifically allow it. Please note that all email communications to ammado donors "must" provide an unsubscribe option. If you fail to provide an unsubscribe option in your communication with ammado donors, we will take actions up to and including refusing you access to the Ammado Services and/or cancelling/terminating your donation facility and/or cancelling/terminating your account. These actions can be taken without prior notice and you shall not be entitled to any compensation in respect of these actions.
I. ammado provides its donation facility to nonprofit organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") in the United States. Such nonprofits are considered tax-exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code and are distinguished on ammado by a 501(c)(3) badge. These nonprofits are automatically listed in searches and can be the beneficiaries of donations. Aggregated donations are posted monthly by check, once they reach €100 or the equivalent in other currencies. The check is sent to the nonprofits' representatives as registered with the IRS.
II. Representatives of 501(c)(3) nonprofits can sign up to ammado for a full profile, allowing them to populate their profile with their brand and message (for example, include a mission statement, a list of projects and other content). This content can only be published once an ammado representative approves the nonprofit representative’s profile request (such content is also subject to privacy levels set by the profile owner). Once approved, such organizations can also directly engage with donors and supporters through articles, discussions, messaging, comments and so forth.
III. Representatives of 501(c)(3) nonprofits that do not wish to receive donations can contact email@example.com.
IV. Note: To access the details of donations or payments, nonprofit representatives must validate an ammado-issued Personal Identification Number (PIN). This PIN is sent by post to a nonprofit representative as registered with the IRS together with the first payment (and included in subsequent payments thereafter).
I.ammado can facilitate employee and customer giving.
III.Companies can distribute company Donation Gift Cards from the Donation Gift Cards menu on the company profile page. Donation Gift Cards can be sent to ammado members or to any email address. Companies can also upload the email addresses of the company's contacts to receive the gift cards. A custom message can be added to all gift cards before being sent.
IV.Companies can purchase Donation Gift Cards that restrict the beneficiaries to specific nonprofits, fundraisers, categories or countries. Please send your company's restriction requirements for gift cards to firstname.lastname@example.org.
V.Individuals can redeem a company donation gift card by accessing www.ammado.com/redeem and entering the unique gift card code. When individuals redeem a gift card, the member or company that issued the gift card will instantly be added to the individual's profile, giving the company messaging rights to the individual.
VI.ammado urges companies not to use their messaging rights to sell products and services to individuals, but rather communicate about the company's Corporate Social Responsibility and community engagement activities.
VII.When a member redeems a gift card purchased by the company, the company's ammado giving circle updates accordingly, showing the benefitting categories and nonprofits. The company may decide to display the donated amount or to keep this information private. The company can export its giving circle to the company website or blog, graphically displaying the nonprofits supported by its employees or customers.
VIII.Whenever a donation is made with a company gift card, the company gets credited on the benefitting nonprofit's profile page as well as in the activity feeds of the people associated with the company.
IX.The company can access a live statement to view the donor who used the gift card plus the amount and beneficiaries unless the donor elected to remain anonymous. "Pending" means that payment for the ammado donation gift cards is still being processed. Once payment is successfully processed, all orders and ammado donation gift cards associated with the payment will update automatically to status "successful".
X.Donations through your company Giving Widget can be viewed from your company profile when you log in. Your Giving Widget donations statement contains information about each donation such as the date, amount, beneficiary, donor name and donor email address. Anonymous donations will display in your Giving Widget statement but will not contain the donor’s name or email address. Please note that the use of donor information is for matching purposes and/or for statistical purposes only e.g. for tracking employee giving programs. Unfair usage of donor information will result in actions up to and including refusing further access to the Ammado Services and/or cancelling/terminating your account. These actions can be taken without prior notice and you shall not be entitled to any compensation in respect of these actions.
XI.ammado charges a fee on donations through company giving programs (for example, payroll giving and donation matching). ammado agrees this fee with the company. Companies have the option to pay this fee so the nonprofit gets 100% of the donation. ammado also permits companies that buy donation gift cards for resale to deduct a further percentage from the donation.
I.Fundraisers allow members to raise funds for any given cause or a number of causes.
II.You must be logged in to ammado to start fundraising. To start a fundraiser, you may choose to use any community you currently moderate or one will automatically be created for you.
III.Any member, nonprofit or company on ammado can start fundraising.
IV.The nonprofits you choose to receive donations in your fundraiser are called "beneficiaries". You can change them when you begin fundraising and anytime after that without the need to stop fundraising. To edit the beneficiaries in a fundraiser, click 'Edit' on the fundraising page. Once you have edited the beneficiaries click 'Save'. The new donations will be forwarded to the new beneficiaries. Please note that all donations prior to your change in beneficiaries will still be forwarded to those beneficiaries.
V.When a beneficiary cannot receive donations anymore, it is removed from the beneficiaries list and fundraising continues. If this is the last beneficiary in the fundraiser, the fundraising is automatically stopped and an email is sent to the community moderators. The moderators in this case must add other beneficiaries to the community to restart fundraising.
VI.The funds are made visible to the beneficiaries immediately after a donation to a fundraiser. Thereafter, funds are paid monthly once the nonprofit has received at least €100 or equivalent in other currencies from all donations on ammado.
VII.Even if your fundraising target is reached, the fundraiser remains active and people can still donate to it until the moderator decides to stop fundraising.