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Terms and Conditions
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
SPONSOR EUROPE B.V. with registered office in REEUWIJK, NETHERLANDS
Registered at the Chamber of Commerce Rotterdam (KvK) under number: 90734408
Hereafter referred to as: Steunactie
Last change to these conditions: 8 December 2023
Table of contents
- Code of conduct
- Donations and donors
- Payment and fees
- Rights and obligations
- Ending an action - Deleting data
- Location and amendment of conditions
Steunactie is an online crowdfunding platform where fundraising or donation campaigns can be posted to collect donations without any quid pro quo.
These general terms and conditions apply to all visitors and users of the platform. It also sets out guidelines and rules of conduct to which visitors and users of the platform must adhere.
The Steunactie platform is neither a financial institution, nor a lender, nor a charity. The Steunactie platform is merely a technical service provider offering a platform for advertising and facilitating crowdfunding and fundraisers. Steunactie is a commercial initiative and is managed by Sponsor Europe B.V..
Where the term Steunactie is used in these terms and conditions, the legal relationship is with Sponsor Europe B.V., the owner of Steunactie. Sponsor Europe B.V. has drafted these terms and conditions.
In these General Terms and Conditions, the following terms are used in the following sense, unless expressly stated otherwise:
Account: the account that a registered user sets up on the crowdfunding and donation platform and from which the registered user can manage their data and fundraisers.
Collector: the user of the platform who has registered on www.Steunactie.de and who engages in raising funds for an existing fundraising campaign through their own personal Steunactie fundraiser page.
Content: all information, texts, descriptions, updates, pictures, videos, content, etc. published by the registered user on the fundraiser page.
Donors: individuals, organisations, companies or other entities, who donate money for the purpose of the fundraiser.
Donation: an amount of money donated for the purpose of a fundraiser.
Fees: fees charged by Steunactie for successful donations.
Fundraiser: an initiative to raise funds for a cause, purpose or goal.
Fundraiser page: the web page on which a fundraiser is communicated on the fundraising platform.
Payment Service Provider: payment service providers used by Steunactie to process payments as part of the donation process: Mollie B.V, Keizersgracht 126, 1015 CW Amsterdam, The Netherlands and PayPal (Europe) S.à r.l. et Cie, S.C.A., 22-24 Boulevard Royal, L-2449 Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
Platform: refers to the donation platform and website www.steunactie.nl with the associated functionalities that enable a fundraiser to be set up in order to solicit and receive donations for it.
Registered User: person or entity that registers on the platform.
Steunactie: Steunactie is the crowdfunding and donation platform and refers to Sponsor Europe, owner and operator of the crowdfunding and donation platform Steunactie.
User: registered or non-registered visitor and/or user of the platform.
- A registered user can log in to the platform free of charge, register and create an account via the registration form. The registered user will then receive a confirmation e-mail to activate their account.
- By registering, the registered user agrees to these terms and conditions and enters into an agreement with Steunactie for the use of the platform.
- Only users of/in full legal capacity and users acting with the consent of their legal representative(s) are entitled to use the services of Steunactie.
- Users must be at least 18 years of age or have the express consent of their legal representative(s).
- Steunactie reserves the right to refuse the registration of a user without giving reason.
- An account is linked to a registered user and is not transferable.
- The registered user is responsible for setting and maintaining the confidentiality of a password. Steunactie is not liable for unauthorised access to an account or the loss of a password. The registered user must notify Steunactie immediately if an account is used by unauthorised persons.
- The registered user may only provide honest, truthful, reliable and accurate information, both when registering and when posting content.
4. Code of conduct
- The registered user bears full responsibility for his or her conduct on the platform and for all content that is posted, used and published on the platform and declares that all content is true, accurate, honest and reliable.
- Before posting content, the user must ensure that his conduct and/or content does not violate any legal provisions or intellectual property rights of third parties and that the necessary consents of the parties involved, or rights holders, have been obtained.
- If a fundraiser is set up for a person or entity other than the registered user, the registered user must seek and obtain the prior consent of the person(s) and/or organisation(s) for whom the fundraiser is to be carried out. The registered user is responsible for arranging and obtaining this consent and is also fully responsible for the consequences if - despite not complying with this condition - the fundraiser is carried out without obtaining this consent. Consequences may include having to repay donations already received and/or possible legal consequences.
- The registered user agrees not to launch any fundraisers or publish any content that incites violence and/or criminal offences, is of a sexual nature, discriminatory or racist, offensive, vulgar, provocative or aggressive, misleading, incites unlawful acts and/or disturbs public order.
- The registered user declares that he/she will not set up any fundraiser(s) or post any content that is in any way related to money laundering and/or terrorist financing and/or violate the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act (Wwft).
- The registered user declares not to set up any fundraiser(s) or post content that is in any way related to military purposes.
- The registered user agrees not to set up action(s) or post content that is in any way related to lotteries or other games of chance.
- The registered user declares that he/she will not set up or publish any fundraisers or content relating to persons, countries and/or entities that are on the sanctions lists of the European Union and/or the United States government and/or our payment service providers. Countries on the sanctions list include -- but are not limited to -- Russia, Belarus, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. A complete list can be found at: https://sanctionsmap.eu/ and https://ofac.treasury.gov/sanctions-programs-and-country-information.
- The registered user is aware that the platform can and may only be used to collect donations without any quid pro quo. The registered user agrees not to set up any promotion(s) and/or post any content offering products and/or services for consideration, products and/or services at a discount or otherwise offering products and/or services or any other offer in return.
- It is prohibited to publish texts that call for direct donations to a bank account or via any other dirrect payment method outside of the Steunactie donation proces and/or refer to other crowdfunding platforms. In the case of such calls, Steunactie reserves the right to remove either the part of the text calling for this or the entire fundraiser and/or to remove the user.
- Steunactie has the right to take a fundraiser offline at any time if there are signs, indications or suspicions that point to abuse and/or fraudulent intentions, behaviour or fundraisers. Steunactie is then entitled to suspend payments to the fundraiser’s organiser and/or to return the donations to the donors.
- The organiser assures that the donations collected, less costs, will be used exclusively for the specified purpose as described in the content of the fundraiser. Steunactie is not responsible for any false or misleading representation of the purpose or cause for which the fundraiser has been initiated as well as for the misuse of the collected funds by the organiser.
- If - for whatever reason - the collected donations cannot be used for the communicated purpose or cause of a fundraiser and the payment of the donations has already been made to the organiser, the organiser is obliged to transfer the already paid out donations back to Steunactie so that Steunactie can in turn ensure the repayment of the donations to the donor(s).
- Collectors have the option to register separately in order to raise funds for an existing campaign and to promote it further, if this is has been allowed or enabled by the organiser.
- A donor has the option to leave a comment with his/her donation. The donor agrees not to post any comments or content that incite violence and/or criminal offences, are of a sexual nature, are discriminatory or racist, are offensive, vulgar, provocative or aggressive, are misleading, incite unlawful acts and/or disturb public order or make negative comments about the fundraiser and/or the organiser.
- Steunactie reserves the right to remove a fundraiser and/or account and/or comment at any time if, in its opinion, it is not in compliance with the code of conduct and/or these terms and conditions and/or if there is/has been abuse detected.
- A donor may contact the organiser of a fundraiser via the "Contact" button on the campaign page, provided that the organiser has chosen to display the "Contact" button on its fundraiser page. It is not permitted to request account numbers or other direct means of payment when contacting the organiser. Messages requesting this will not be forwarded to the organiser.
- The user shall observe the statutory provisions on data protection and data security, in particular the provisions of the European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
- Users of the platform have the option to forward an abuse report to Steunactie if they come across content that violates these Terms and Conditions and/or existing laws. The button for reporting abuse can be found on every fundraiser page.
5. Donations and donors
- By donating, donors agree to these terms and conditions.
- The donations and the donor will be publicly displayed on the fundraiser page unless the donor has indicated that they wish to remain anonymous.
- Donors are responsible for their own donation. Donors should inform themselves about the reliability of a fundraiser and decide for themselves whether they want to donate to a fundraiser
- Donations are irrevocable and non-refundable. Only in certain individual cases can Steunactie decide to repay donations. The decision on repayment is solely at the discretion of Steunactie and can only be made if the donations have not already been paid out to the organiser.
- If Steunactie decides to refund donations, the organisor is committed to repay Steunactie the platform- and transaction costs associated with receiving and refunding the donations.
- Donations are made via the payment platform of the payment service provider.
- Donors can donate anonymously or with their name and e-mail address. If a donor does not donate anonymously, their name and e-mail address are known to the organiser. The organiser can contact a donor (e.g. to thank them) who has given their name and e-mail address when they donated.
- The data of donors who have not donated anonymously (name and e-mail address) will be kept until the organiser has deleted the fundraiser.
- The donor receives a confirmation of their donation by e-mail, unless they have donated anonymously.
6. Payment and fees
- The organiser can view all transactions in his/her account at any time.
- The organiser is responsible for all taxes and other duties payable on donations received where there is an obligation to do so.
- A distinction is made between an account to which an organiser’s bank account is linked and an account to which an organiser’s Mollie account is linked.
- If a bank account is linked to an account, donations are first deposited into the Mollie account of Steunactie and then paid out by Mollie to the bank account of Steunactie before Steunactie makes the payment to the bank account of the organiser. The organiser agrees that in this case, Steunactie will act as temporary trustee over the donations collected until they are disbursed to the organiser.
- If your own Mollie account is linked to a bank account, donations are paid directly into your own Mollie account and then transferred to the organiser's bank account.
- If a bank account is linked to an account, the fees are: 5% platform fee + €0.50 transaction fee including VAT per donation + a percentage surcharge applied by the payment method (if applicable) chosen by the donor. You can find more information about the fees here.
- If your own Mollie account is linked to an account, the following costs will apply: 5% platform costs including VAT per donation. These platform costs are automatically deducted from the payment Mollie makes to the organiser. As the organiser has its own Mollie account in this case, the Mollie transaction costs are charged directly by Mollie to the organiser without Steunactie intervening.
- If a bank account is linked, the collected donations minus the fees will be transferred to the organiser's specified bank account on a weekly basis, provided the organiser has linked their fundraiser to the specified bank account. The organiser can choose payout later by linking their bank account only at the desired payout time. The payout will then be made on the next Tuesday - following the linking of the bank account.
- If an own Mollie account is linked to an account, the organiser can set and determine the payout frequency in their Mollie account themselves.
- No interest is paid on the fund balances in the users' accounts.
- Rate changes will be announced by a notice in the organiser's account.
- Payout to a bank account outside the SEPA area must be made manually. Organisers with a bank account outside the SEPA area are advised to have the funds in their account paid out only after the fundraiser has been completed. For more information on bank accounts outside the SEPA area, please see the following article in our Help Center.
- Steunactie shall have the right at any time to suspend payouts to the organiser, with or without notice and without any liability, if there is any evidence, indication or suspicion of abuse, fraudulent act or content and/or conduct in breach of these terms and conditions.
7. Rights and obligations
- Without express guarantee, Steunactie will make every effort to keep the platform functioning optimally. Steunactie cannot be held liable if the platform is "down", "offline" or ceases to function for any reason. Of course, in such a case, every effort will be made to restore normal operation to the platform as soon possible.
- Steunactie has the right at any time to take a fundraiser offline, block or suspend it and/or remove the user from the platform - with or without notice and without liability of any kind - if there is any evidence, indication and/or suspicion of abuse, fraudulent act or content and/or conduct in breach of these terms and conditions.
- Steunactie shall have the right at any time to suspend payouts to the organiser, with or without notice and without any liability, if there is any evidence, indication or suspicion of abuse, fraudulent act and/or content and/or conduct in breach of these terms and conditions.
- Once a registered user has been deleted or blocked, they can no longer use the platform or re-register under a different account.
- Steunactie reserves the right to change or discontinue its services.
- The user indemnifies Steunactie against claims by third parties arising from the use of the platform.
- The registered user understands that a fundraiser published on the platform is based on his/her own initiative and responsibility and that the target amount is not guaranteed and that Steunactie cannot be held responsible if this target amount or any amount is not reached.
- Steunactie is entitled to publicise and/or promote the fundraisers on its platform.
- Steunactie makes the platform available to users who use the platform at their own responsibility. The platform merely facilitates the setting up and sharing of a fundraiser and the receipt of donations. Steunactie has no influence on the success of a fundraiser and disclaims any liability in this regard.
- The content of Steunactie is protected by copyright. Texts and images and other content may not be copied or used without the express written consent of Steunactie.
- In the event of bankruptcy, cessation of payments, death, or disappearance of the registered user, Steunactie has the right to terminate the contract and delete the account with the associated measures.
8. Termination of a fundraiser - deletion of data
- It is the responsibility of the registered user to terminate a fundraiser and/or delete data related to the fundraiser and/or personal data. To do this, the organiser must log in to their account and go to the dashboard.
- For more information on the different ways to end a fundraiser, to (temporarily) stop donating, as well as information on deleting and cancelling an account, please see the following article in the Help Center: https://steunactie.tawk.help/en-gb/article/stopping
- For specific information on exiting as a Steunactie, please see the following article in the Help Center: https://steunactie.tawk.help/en-gb/article/stop-collecting
- Steunactie has no control over the content posted by registered users, the information provided by users or the behaviour of users and disclaims any liability in this regard.
- The user indemnifies Steunactie against all claims by third parties arising from a breach of these terms and conditions.
- Steunactie is not liable for damages caused by failures and/or inadequacies in systems of third parties or partners, force majeure, fraud, hackers, malfunctions, etc.
- The organiser bears full responsibility for the tax and financial consequences of receiving donations. It is the organiser's responsibility to inform themselves about the possible financial and tax consequences before starting a fundraiser. Steunactie is not liable for any consequences resulting from the receipt of donations.
- Donors are responsible for their own donation(s). Donors should inform themselves about the reliability of a fundraiser and decide for themselves whether they want to donate to a fundraiser. Donors must be aware that donations are irrevocable and non-refundable. Even if it turns out afterwards that a fundraiser is/was not legitimate and/or that the money does/did not serve the stated purpose, cause, idea or project.
- Steunactie is not liable for any consequence arising from donating on fundraisers - if (afterwards) it turns out that fundraisers are not legitimate and/or that the money does not go/has not gone to the stated purpose and/or that an idea or project for which money is raised is not implemented - for whatever reason.
- Steunactie is not liable under any circumstances for direct and indirect damages such as lost income and/or donations and their further consequences.
- If, for whatever reason, Steunactie’s liability is established, damages shall be limited to the fees charged and calculated from the date the damage was established.
- The parties shall use their best endeavours to settle a dispute amicably.
- The European Commission provides a platform for online dispute resolution, which you can find here.
- Steunactie is not willing or obliged to participate in dispute resolution proceedings before a consumer arbitration board.
- Users are solely responsible for disputes among themselves. Steunactie reserves the right, but is not obliged, to intervene in disputes between users of the platform.
12. Location and amendment of the conditions
- These conditions can be viewed online on the websites of Steunactie: www.steunactie.nl and www.steunactie.be
- The changes will be published on the websites of Steunactie: www.steunactie.nl and www.steunactie.be
For suggestions and questions about these terms and conditions, please contact:
2811 GA REEUWIJK
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