VJF Terms and Conditions of Use

Please read these Terms and Conditions (the "Agreement") carefully before using the online capabilities offered by the Venture Jobs Foundation (“VJF”). This Agreement sets forth the legally binding terms and conditions for your use of the website at www.venturejobs.org, any other sites owned and/or operated by the VJF that redirect to www.venturejobs.org, and all subdomains (collectively, the “Site”), and the online services owned and operated by the VJF (together with the Site, the “Service”). By using the Service in any manner, including, but not limited to, submitting or sponsoring crowdfunding projects, visiting or browsing the Site or contributing or downloading content, information, or other materials or services to or from the Site, you agree to be bound by this Agreement.

Summary of Service

The VJF Service provides a platform on which, among other capabilities, certain users ("Submitters") launch campaigns to fund small business projects intended to support business growth and job creation. Our priority is building jobs in neighborhoods that have declined economically. The Submitters may offer premiums or other rewards as permitted by the Agreement to help raise money from other users (“Supporters”). Certain projects may allow Supporters to treat their support payments as charitable donations to the VJF. This opportunity will not apply to any projects that offer rewards for Supporter funding.

Through the Site, email, websites, and other media, the Service makes accessible various content, including, but not limited to, videos, photographs, images, artwork, graphics, audio clips, comments, data, text, software, scripts, projects, other material and information, and associated trademarks and copyrightable works (collectively, “Content”). Submitters, Supporters, and other visitors to and users of the Service (collectively, “Users”) may have the ability to contribute, add, create, upload, submit, distribute, facilitate the distribution of, collect, post, or otherwise make accessible ("Submit") Content. “User Submissions” means any Content Submitted by Users.

Tax Treatment of Support Payments

Support payments for crowdfunding projects are not tax deductible except where expressly indicated.

Acceptance of Terms

The Service is offered subject to acceptance of all of the terms and conditions contained in these Terms of Use, including the Privacy Policy available at https://www.venturejobs.org/PrivacyPolicy.aspx, and all other operating rules, policies, and procedures that may be published on the Site by the VJF, which are incorporated by reference. These Terms of Use apply to every user of the Service. In addition, some services offered through the Service may be subject to additional terms and conditions adopted by the VJF. Your use of those services is subject to those additional terms and conditions, which are incorporated into these Terms of Use by this reference.

The VJF reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms and Conditions of Use by posting the updated terms on the Site. It is your responsibility to check the Terms of Use periodically for changes. Your continued use of the Service following the posting of any changes to the Terms of Use constitutes acceptance of those changes.

The VJF reserves the right to change, suspend, or discontinue the Service (including, but not limited to, the availability of any feature, database, or content) at any time for any reason. The VJF may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Service without notice or liability.

The Service is available only to individuals who are at least 18 years old (and at least the legal age in your jurisdiction). You represent and warrant that if you are an individual, you are at least 18 years old and of legal age in your jurisdiction to form a binding contract, and that all registration information you submit is accurate and truthful. The VJF reserves the right to ask for proof of age from you and your account may be suspended until satisfactory proof of age is provided. The VJF may, in its sole discretion, refuse to offer the Service to any person or entity and change its eligibility criteria at any time. This provision is void where prohibited by law and the right to access the Service is revoked in those jurisdictions.

Rules and Conduct

As a condition of use, you promise not to use the Service for any purpose that is prohibited by the Terms of Use or law. The Service is provided only for your own personal, non-commercial use (except as allowed by the terms set forth in the section of these Terms of Use titled, "Fundraising Projects"). You are solely responsible for all of your activity in connection with the Service. You shall not, and shall not permit any third party using your account to, take any action, or Submit Content, that:

  • infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity, or other right of any other person or entity, or violates any law or contract;
  • you know is false, misleading, or inaccurate;
  • is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, tortious, obscene, offensive, profane, or invasive of another's privacy;
  • constitutes unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or promotional material or any junk mail, spam, or chain letters;
  • contains software viruses or any other computer codes, files, or programs that are designed or intended to disrupt, damage, limit, or interfere with the proper function of any software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment or to damage or obtain unauthorized access to any system, data, password, or other information of the VJF or any third party;
  • is made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or
  • impersonates any person or entity, including any employee or representative of the VJF.

Additionally, you shall not: (i) take any action that imposes or may impose (as determined by the VJF in its sole discretion) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the VJF’s or its third-party providers’ infrastructure; (ii) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Service or any activities conducted on the Service; (iii) bypass any measures the VJF may use to prevent or restrict access to the Service (or other accounts, computer systems, or networks connected to the Service); (iv) run any form of auto-responder or "spam" on the Service; or (v) use manual or automated software, devices, or other processes to "crawl" or "spider" any page of the Site.

You shall not directly or indirectly: (i) decipher, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer, or otherwise attempt to derive any source code or underlying ideas or algorithms of any part of the Service, except to the extent applicable laws specifically prohibit such restriction; (ii) modify, translate, or otherwise create derivative works of any part of the Service; or (iii) copy, rent, lease, distribute, or otherwise transfer any of the rights that you receive hereunder. You shall abide by all applicable local, state, national, and international laws and regulations. Submitters agree to not abuse other users' personal information. Abuse is defined as using personal information for any purpose other than those explicitly specified in the Submitter’s Project, or is not related to fulfilling delivery of a product or service explicitly specified in the Submitter’s Project.

Registration

You may view Content on the Site without registering, but as a condition of using certain aspects of the Service, you may be required to register with the VJF and select a screen name ("User ID") and password. You shall provide accurate, complete, and updated registration information. Failure to do so shall constitute a breach of the Terms of Use, which may result in immediate termination of your account. You shall not use as a User ID, domain name, or project name any name or term that (i) is the name of another person, with the intent to impersonate that person; (ii) is subject to any rights of another person, without appropriate authorization; or (iii) is offensive, vulgar, or obscene. The VJF reserves the right in its sole discretion to refuse registration of or cancel a User ID, domain name, and project name. You are solely responsible for activity that occurs on your account and shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password for the Site. You shall never use another User account without the other User’s express permission. You will immediately notify the VJF in writing of any unauthorized use of your account, or other known account-related security breach.

Fundraising Projects:

The VJF Site is a platform where Submitters run campaigns to fund small business projects that may optionally offer premiums or other rewards to raise money from Supporters. By creating a fundraising campaign on the VJF Site, you as the Submitter are offering the public the opportunity to enter into a contract with you. By supporting a fundraising campaign on the VJF Site, you as the Supporter accept that offer and the contract between Supporter and Submitter is formed. The VJF is not a party to that agreement between the Supporter and Submitter. All dealings are solely between Users.

The VJF may retain a portion of any funds provided by a Supporter in connection with a fundraising campaign. This amount, which is set at the sole discretion of the VJF, will initially range between 7.5% and 12.5% of funding provided by Supporters. For each campaign, the VJF will specify any terms of this nature in an agreement with the Submitter. By submitting or sponsoring a fundraising campaign on The VJF Site, you agree to be bound by this entire Agreement, including the following terms:

  • Supporters agree to provide their payment information at the time they pledge to a campaign. The payment will be collected at any time and whether or not the amount of money pledged reaches the fundraising goal. The amount Supporters pledge is the amount they will be charged.
  • Supporters consent to the VJF and its payments partners authorizing or reserving a charge on their payment card or other payment method for any amount up to the full pledge at any time between the pledge and collection of the funds.
  • Supporters agree to have sufficient funds or credit available to ensure that the pledge will be collectible.
  • The Estimated Delivery Date listed on any reward is not a promise to fulfill by that date, but is merely an estimate of when the Submitter hopes to fulfill by.
  • Submitters agree to make a good faith attempt to fulfill any reward by its Estimated Delivery Date.
  • For all campaigns, generally after the close of the funding period, the VJF gives to the Submitter each Supporter’s User ID, name, email address and pledge amount.
  • For some rewards, the Submitter may need further information from Supporters, such as a mailing address or t-shirt size, to enable the Submitter to deliver rewards. The Submitter shall request the information directly from Supporters at some point after the fundraising campaign is concluded. To receive the reward, Supporters agree to provide the requested information to the Submitter within a reasonable amount of time.
  • The VJF does not offer refunds. A Submitter is not required to grant a Supporter’s request for a refund unless the Submitter is unable or unwilling to fulfill any premium or other reward. In that event, the Submitter must refund the full amount provided by the Supporter. and the VJF will retain any donations, fees or other charges associated with the campaign.
  • Submitters are required to fulfill all rewards of their fundraising campaigns or refund any Sponsor whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill.
  • Submitters may cancel a Supporter’s pledge at any time and for any reason. If done, the Submitter is not required to fulfill any related premium or reward.
  • Because of occasional failures of payments from Supporters, the VJF cannot guarantee the receipt by Submitters of the amount pledged minus fees.
  • The VJF and/or its payments partners will remove their fees before transmitting net proceeds of a campaign to a Submitter.
  • The VJF reserves the right to cancel a pledge at any time and for any reason.
  • The VJF reserves the right to reject, cancel, interrupt, remove, or suspend a campaign at any time and for any reason. The VJF is not liable for any damages as a result of any of those actions. The VJF’s policy is not to comment on the reasons for any of those actions.
  • Submitters should not take any action in reliance on having their project posted on the Site or having any of the money pledged until they have received pledged funds net of any VJF fees or donations. There may be a delay between the end of a fundraising campaign and access to the funds.
  • Submitters should be aware that funds raised using the Site could be taxable income. It is the Campaign Creators’ responsibility to declare the funds and comply with any and all applicable local, national or other tax laws.

The VJF is not liable for any damages or loss incurred related to rewards or any other use of the Service. The VJF is under no obligation to become involved in disputes between any Users, or between Users and any third party arising in connection with the use of the Service. This includes, but is not limited to, delivery of goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties, or representations associated with campaigns on the Site. The VJF does not oversee the performance or punctuality of projects. The VJF does not endorse any User Submissions. You release The VJF, its officers, employees, agents, and successors in rights 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 Service.

Fees and Payments

Joining The VJF crowdfunding program or any other of its services is free. However, we may charge fees for certain services. When you use any service that has a fee you have an opportunity to review and accept the fees that you will be charged. Changes to fees are effective after we provide you with notice by posting the changes on the Site. You are responsible for paying all fees and/or taxes associated with your use of the Service.

Funds pledged by Supporters are collected by PayPal. The VJF is not responsible for the performance of PayPal.

Third-Party Sites

The Service may permit you to link to other websites or resources on the internet, and other websites or resources may contain links to the Site. When you access third-party websites, you do so at your own risk. Those other websites are not under the VJF's control, and you acknowledge that the VJF is not liable for the content, functions, accuracy, legality, appropriateness, or any other aspect of those other websites or resources. The inclusion on another website of any link to the Site does not imply endorsement by or affiliation with the VJF. You further acknowledge and agree that the VJF shall not be liable for any damage related to the use of any content, goods, or services available through any third-party website or resource.

Content and License

You agree that the Service contains Content provided by the VJF and its partners and Users and that the Content may be protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets, or other rights and laws. You shall abide by and maintain all copyright and other legal notices, information, and restrictions contained in any Content accessed through the Service.

The VJF grants to each User of the Service a worldwide, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable and non-transferable license to use and reproduce the Content, solely for authorized use of the Service. Use, reproduction, modification, distribution, or storage of any Content for other than such use is prohibited without prior written permission from the VJF, or from the copyright holder. You shall not sell, license, rent, or otherwise use or exploit any Content for commercial use or in any way that violates any third-party right.

Intellectual Property

By Submitting User Submissions on the Site or otherwise through the Service, you agree to the following terms:

  • The VJF will not have any ownership rights over User Submissions. However, the VJF needs the following license to perform and market the Service on your behalf and on behalf of its other Users and itself. You grant to the VJF the worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable right to (and to allow others acting on its behalf to) (i) use, edit, modify, prepare derivative works of, reproduce, host, display, stream, transmit, playback, transcode, copy, feature, market, sell, distribute, and otherwise fully exploit your User Submissions and your trademarks, service marks, slogans, logos, and similar proprietary rights (collectively, the "Trademarks") in connection with (a) the Service, (b) the VJF’s (and its successors' and assigns’) businesses, (c) promoting, marketing, and redistributing part or all of the Site (and derivative works thereof) or the Service in any media formats and through any media channels (including, without limitation, third-party websites); (ii) take whatever other action is required to perform and market the Service; (iii) allow its Users to stream, transmit, playback, download, display, feature, distribute, collect, and otherwise use the User Submissions and Trademarks in connection with the Service; and (iv) use and publish, and permit others to use and publish, the User Submissions, Trademarks, names, likenesses, and personal and biographical materials of you and the members of your group, in connection with the provision or marketing of the Service. The foregoing license grant to the VJF does not affect your other ownership or license rights in your User Submissions, including the right to grant additional licenses to your User Submissions.
  • You are publishing your User Submission, and you may be identified publicly by your name or User ID in association with your User Submission.
  • You grant to each User a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Service, and to use, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display and perform such User Submissions solely for personal, non-commercial use.
  • You further agree that your User Submissions will not contain third-party copyrighted material, or material that is subject to other third-party proprietary rights, unless you have permission from the rightful owner of the material or you are otherwise legally entitled to post the material and to grant the VJF all of the license rights granted herein.
  • You will pay all royalties and other amounts owed to any person or entity based on your Submitting User Submissions to the Service or the VJF’s publishing or hosting of the User Submissions as contemplated by these Terms of Use.
  • The use or other exploitation of User Submissions by the VJF and Users as contemplated by this Agreement will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party, including without limitation any privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights.
  • The VJF shall have the right to delete, edit, modify, reformat, excerpt, or translate any of your User Submissions.
  • All information publicly posted or privately transmitted through the Site is the sole responsibility of the person from which that content originated.
  • The VJF will not be liable for any errors or omissions in any Content.
  • The VJF cannot guarantee the identity of any other Users with whom you may interact while using the Service.
  • All Content you access through the Service is at your own risk and you will be solely responsible for any resulting damage or loss to any party.

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the VJF has adopted a policy of, in appropriate circumstances, terminating User accounts that are repeat infringers of the intellectual property rights of others. The VJF also may terminate User accounts even based on a single infringement.

Copyright Notifications

The VJF will remove infringing materials in accordance with the DMCA if properly notified that Content infringes copyright. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please notify the VJF by emailing the VJF at copyright@venturejobs.org.

Termination

The VJF may terminate your access to the Service, without cause or notice, which may result in the forfeiture and destruction of all information associated with your account. If you wish to terminate your account, you may do so following notification to the VJF. Any fees paid to the VJF are non-refundable. All provisions of the Terms of Use that by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity, and limitations of liability.

Warranty Disclaimer

The VJF has no special relationship with or fiduciary duty to you. You acknowledge that the VJF has no duty to take any action regarding any of the following: which Users gain access to the Site; what Content Users access through the Site; what effects the Content may have on Users; how Users may interpret or use the Content; or what actions Users may take as a result of having been exposed to the Content. The VJF cannot guarantee the authenticity of any data or information that Users provide about themselves or their campaigns and projects. You release the VJF from all liability for your having acquired or not acquired Content through the Site. The Site may contain, or direct you to websites containing, information that some people may find offensive or inappropriate. The VJF makes no representations concerning any Content on the Site, and the VJF is not liable for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material contained on the Service.

The VJF does not guarantee that any Content will be made available through the Service. The VJF has no obligation to monitor the Service or Content. The VJF reserves the right to, at any time, for any reason, and without notice: (i) cancel, reject, interrupt, remove, or suspend a campaign or project; (ii) remove, edit, or modify any Content, including, but not limited to, any User Submission; and (iii) remove or block any User or User Submission. The VJF reserves the right not to comment on the reasons for any of these actions.

THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” AND IS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND ANY WARRANTIES IMPLIED BY ANY COURSE OF PERFORMANCE OR USAGE OF TRADE, ALL OF WHICH ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED. THE VJF, AND ITS DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUPPLIERS, PARTNERS, AND CONTENT PROVIDERS DO NOT WARRANT THAT: (A) THE SERVICE WILL BE SECURE OR AVAILABLE AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME OR LOCATION; (B) ANY DEFECTS OR ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED; (C) ANY CONTENT OR SOFTWARE AVAILABLE AT OR THROUGH THE SERVICE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS; OR (D) THE RESULTS OF USING THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS. YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. SOME STATES OR COUNTRIES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

THE VJF MAKES NO GUARANTY OF CONFIDENTIALITY OR PRIVACY OF ANY COMMUNICATION OR INFORMATION TRANSMITTED ON THE SITE OR ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO THE SITE. THE VJF WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR THE PRIVACY OF EMAIL ADDRESSES, REGISTRATION AND IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION, DISK SPACE, COMMUNICATIONS, CONFIDENTIAL OR TRADE-SECRET INFORMATION, OR ANY OTHER CONTENT STORED ON THE VJF’S EQUIPMENT, TRANSMITTED OVER NETWORKS ACCESSED BY THE SITE, OR OTHERWISE CONNECTED WITH YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE.

Electronic Communications Privacy Act Notice (18 USC §2701-2711): THE VJF MAKES NO GUARANTY OF CONFIDENTIALITY OR PRIVACY OF ANY COMMUNICATION OR INFORMATION TRANSMITTED ON THE SITE OR ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO THE SITE. The VJF will not be liable for the privacy of email addresses, registration and identification information, disk space, communications, confidential or trade-secret information, or any other Content stored on the VJF’s equipment, transmitted over networks accessed by the Site, or otherwise connected with your use of the Service.

Indemnification

You shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the VJF, its affiliates, and each of its and its affiliates’ employees, contractors, directors, suppliers, and representatives 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, or access to, the Service and Content, or otherwise from your User Submissions, violation of the Terms of Use, or infringement by you, or any third party using your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity. The VJF reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will assist and cooperate with the VJF in asserting any available defenses.

Limitation of Liability

IN NO EVENT SHALL THE VJF, NOR ITS DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, PARTNERS, SUPPLIERS, OR CONTENT PROVIDERS, BE LIABLE UNDER CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, NEGLIGENCE, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICE (I) FOR ANY LOST PROFITS, DATA LOSS, COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, OR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES (HOWEVER ARISING), (II) FOR ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE (REGARDLESS OF THE SOURCE OF ORIGINATION), OR (III) FOR ANY DIRECT DAMAGES IN EXCESS OF (IN THE AGGREGATE) ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS ($100.00). CERTAIN STATES OR COUNTRIES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

International

Accessing the Service is prohibited from territories where the Content is illegal. If you access the Service from other locations, you do so at your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

Electronic Delivery, Notice Policy, and Your Consent

By using the Services, you consent to receive from the VJF all communications including notices, agreements, legally required disclosures, or other information in connection with the Services (collectively, "Contract Notices") electronically. The VJF may provide the electronic Contract Notices by posting them on the Site. If you desire to withdraw your consent to receive Contract Notices electronically, you must discontinue your use of the Services.

Governing Law

These Terms of Service (and any further rules, policies, or guidelines incorporated by reference) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York and the United States, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law, and without application of the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act or the United Nations Convention of Controls for International Sale of Goods. You agree that the VJF and its Services are deemed a passive website that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over the VJF or its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, officers or shareholders, either specific or general, in any jurisdiction other than the State of New York. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these terms, or your use or non-use of the Services, shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in Monroe County in the State of New York and you hereby consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. You hereby irrevocably waive any right you may have to trial by jury in any dispute, action, or proceeding.

Integration and Severability

These Terms of Use and other referenced material are the entire agreement between you and the VJF with respect to the Service, and supersede all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals (whether oral, written or electronic) between you and the VJF with respect to the Service and govern the future relationship. If any provision of the Terms of Use is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision will be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that the Terms of Use will otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable. The failure of either party to exercise in any respect any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder.

Miscellaneous

The VJF shall not be liable for any failure to perform its obligations hereunder where the failure results from any cause beyond the VJF’s reasonable control, including, without limitation, mechanical, electronic, or communications failure or degradation. The Terms of Use are personal to you, and are not assignable, transferable, or sublicensable by you except with the VJF's prior written consent. The VJF may assign, transfer, or delegate any of its rights and obligations hereunder without consent. No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment relationship is created as a result of the Terms of Use and neither party has any authority of any kind to bind the other in any respect. In any action or proceeding to enforce rights under the Terms of Use, the prevailing party will be entitled to recover costs and attorneys' fees. All notices under the Terms of Use will be in writing and will be deemed to have been duly given when received, if personally delivered or sent by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested; when receipt is electronically confirmed, if transmitted by facsimile or e-mail; or the day after it is sent, if sent for next day delivery by recognized overnight delivery service.

Updated: August 2014

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