Last updated: February 1, 2019
This TOU is effective and you agree to accept the terms hereunder as of the earlier date on which you (i) claim your GuideStar profile and click to accept this TOU or (ii) first place a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum GuideStar Participation Logo (the "Logo") and/or the GuideStar Participation Logo Widget (the "Widget") on your website by utilizing the HTML code provided to you by Candid for this purpose (the “Effective Date”). If you are accepting this TOU on behalf of your employer or another entity, you represent and warrant that (i) you have full legal authority to bind your employer or the applicable entity to this TOU; (ii) you have read and understood this TOU; and (iii) you agree, on behalf of the party that you represent, to this TOU. This TOU governs NPO's access to and use of the Logo, the Widget, and of NPO's participation in the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program. NPO’s participation in such program may require NPO to contract directly with third party service providers in order to receive certain functionality and related services (“Third Party Services”) as further described in Section 7 of this TOU.
The Nonprofit Profile Update Program.
The GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program is a program offered by Candid to NPOs to encourage information sharing with Candid and all sites related to Candid including the GuideStar website (collectively the “Sites”) for the purpose of enhancing NPO information transparency and thereby advancing the objective of making NPO information accessible to potential donors and grantors to facilitate and encourage giving. NPOs are invited to participate in the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program, which participation requires NPOs to share certain categories of organization information as set forth on https://learn.guidestar.org/hubfs/2021-guidestar-profile-standard.pdf (the “NPO Information”). Candid may review the NPO Information for completeness, accuracy, and legibility in accordance with the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program standards, which Candid may change in its sole discretion from time to time. Upon receipt of the NPO Information Candid may award such NPO the right to become a GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program participant. Further, if Candid determines that such NPO Information meets Candid’s standards necessary to be awarded use of the relevant Logo and Widget, Candid hereby grants NPO a limited right and license in accordance with Section 5 of this TOU, to use the applicable Logo and to deploy the Widget within the NPO’s website, in each case, subject to these terms and conditions. In the event Candid becomes aware or otherwise determines in its sole discretion that the NPO Information does not meet GuideStar’s Nonprofit Profile Update Program standards, Candid will provide NPO with notice thereof and an opportunity to provide corrected NPO Information within ten (10) business days of the date of such notice (the “Re-Submission Period”). In the event Candid, in its sole discretion, does not receive NPO Information sufficient to meet its Nonprofit Profile Update Program standards by the end of the Re-Submission Period, it may take any action as set forth in Section 3 of this TOU.
Candid may change the terms of this TOU and the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program and/or may terminate or discontinue the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program and this TOU at any time and at Candid’s sole discretion.
NPO represents that it owns or otherwise has the rights to all NPO Information and data that it provides to Candid pursuant to the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program; that such information is accurate and complete; that such information is not slanderous, defamatory, violative of any third party’s proprietary rights (including any right to privacy or publicity); and that such information or the provision thereof to Candid does not incite violent or illegal activities, violate any federal, state or local law or regulation, including those laws regarding “hate speech” or similar equivalents thereto. NPO agrees that it will, on a continuous basis during the term of this TOU (but in no event less frequently than once every 24 months), update such information as necessary to ensure that it remains accurate and that it will continue to comply with the standards established by Candid as part of the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program.
NPO will remain solely responsible for the content of its website and for the e-mail correspondence it issues incorporating the Logo. NPO will not include in its website or in any e-mails bearing the Logo or Widget any information that in Candid’s sole discretion, is unlawful, infringing, defamatory, or otherwise inappropriate. NPO will not use the Logo or the Widget in connection with anything other than nonprofit activities.
Term and Termination. The TOU will take effect on the Effective Date and will continue for the period during which NPO participates in the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program, unless terminated earlier in accordance with the terms of this TOU.
Removal of NPO Information, Suspension, and Termination.
Candid may immediately remove NPO Information; as well as suspend or terminate NPO’s participation in the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program (including its use of Third Party Services and licenses thereunder), if Candid determines, in its sole discretion, or has reason to believe that (a) NPO failed to deliver NPO Information sufficient to meet its Nonprofit Profile Update Program standards by the end of the Re-Submission Period; (b) the continued display of NPO Information or the NPO’s continued participation in the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program may subject GuideStar or any other third party to liability or harm; (c) NPO is subject to a legal, regulatory or other investigation regarding its nonprofit status, its stewardship of funds or any other aspect of NPO’s operations; (d) NPO is utilizing the Logo and/or Widget to commit acts of fraud and/or other criminal activity; (e) NPO is placed on the “Specially Designated Nationals List” maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”); (f) NPO is no longer recognized as a charitable organization by the IRS; (g) NPO fails to update its information at least once during the twenty-four (24) months following its last update as required for participation in the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program; and (h) NPO is accused of committing, or has received a conviction related to, acts of fraud and/or other criminal activity.
In addition to Candid’s rights set forth above, if Candid elects to terminate the NPO’s participation in the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program (and all Third-Party Services and licenses provided thereunder), Candid may remove the NPO Information and/or the Logo (as it relates to NPO) from any or all of its Sites and the NPO shall immediately remove from its website the Logo, the Widget, and all references to NPO’s participation in the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program.
Survival of Certain Terms. Upon any termination or expiration of this TOU, those provisions that, by their nature, are intended to be performed after the termination or expiration of the TOU including, without limitation, the ownership, representations and warranties, governing law, indemnification and confidentiality provisions, shall survive such termination or expiration. All other rights, obligations, and licenses set forth herein shall cease upon termination of this TOU.
License to Use NPO Information.
License to the Logo and the Widget.
For so long as NPO is a participant in the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program pursuant to this TOU (and subject to the termination rights set forth in Section 3 above), Candid grants to NPO a limited, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, non-assignable, personal, revocable royalty free license (a) to display a Logo on NPO’s print communications and publications, NPO’s e-mail communications, and online communications and publications; and (b) to install, display and publish the Widget within NPO’s website. NPO will display the Logo and the Widget in the exact form and format provided by Candid and will include all trademarks, service marks, copyright notices and other proprietary notices supplied by or required by Candid. NPO will not combine the Logo or the Widget with any other trademark or service mark (including NPOs marks and any third party marks). NPO acknowledges that, except for the license expressly granted in this TOU, NPO shall not acquire any right, interest or title to the Logo or the Widget. NPO further acknowledges that all goodwill arising out of the use by NPO of the Logo or the Widget will inure to the sole benefit of Candid. NPO agrees not to register with any domestic or foreign governmental or quasi-governmental authority any marks or names which would be likely to cause confusion with any of the Candid trademarks, service marks or logos incorporated in the Logo or the Widget.
Ownership. NPO agrees and acknowledges that Candid owns and will continue to own all right, title, and interest in and to the Logo and the Widget and all related intellectual property rights. Candid reserves all rights in and to the Widget and the Logo.
Restrictions. In additions to the limitations set forth in Section 5 above, NPO agrees not to, either directly or indirectly, (i) modify or change the Logo or the Widget; (ii) create derivative works from or other works incorporating the Logo or the Widget; (iii) make unauthorized copies of the Logo or the Widget; or (iv) use the Logo or the Widget other than as intended and directed by Candid in connection with its integration with NPO’s website and/or e-mail correspondence. NPO agrees not to remove, alter, cover or obfuscate any copyright notices, logo or other proprietary rights notices or proprietary mark placed or embedded by Candid on or in the Logo or the Widget.
Third Party Services
Limitation of Warranty and Liability
No Warranty of Accuracy. Candid does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, quality, completeness, currency, or validity of any information on its Sites (including, without limitation, database accessible via its Sites and their content) or linked from the its Sites. Certain descriptive information is derived from IRS Forms 990, Forms 990-EZ, and Forms 990-PF filed by the NPOs or their voluntary responses to a questionnaire. The financial data are taken from the IRS Business Master File, IRS Forms 990, Forms 990-EZ, Forms 990-PF, or information provided to Candid by NPOs that are not required to file returns with the IRS. Candid does not edit or control the financial information it receives, although it may (in its sole discretion) note obvious mathematical errors that it believes may exist in the materials as received by it. Further, certain areas of the Sites provide end users the ability to submit content such as reviews of NPOs. Candid does not warrant and expressly disclaims responsibility for such third party user generated content, including the accuracy or completeness of such content. Due to, among other things, the possibility of human and/or mechanical error, Candid shall not be responsible for any errors or omissions on its Sites. Candid makes no representations as to the accuracy or integrity of the information contained therein.
Third Party Services Warranties. Any warranties, if any, accompanying the Third Party Services are the responsibility of the third party service provider and are contained in such service provider’s terms and conditions provided to NPO.
Warranty Disclaimer. ALL OF CANDID’S SITES INCLUDING THE GUIDESTAR SITE, THE NONPROFIT PROFILE UPDATE PROGRAM, THE WIDGET, AND THE LOGO ARE PROVIDED TO NPO ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. CANDID DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, CONDITIONS, OR REPRESENTATIONS (EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ORAL, OR WRITTEN) WITH RESPECT THERETO AND WITH RESPECT TO ANY SUPPORT RELATED THERETO, INCLUDING ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, NON-INTERFERENCE, ACCURACY OF DATA, AND WARRANTIES ARISING FROM A COURSE OF DEALING. NPO ACKNOWLEDGES THAT CANDID IS NOT AND WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF ALL OF CANDID’S SITES INCLUDING THE GUIDESTAR SITE, THE NONPROFIT PROFILE UPDATE PROGRAM, THE WIDGET, AND THE LOGO.
Disclaimer of Consequential Damages. IN NO EVENT WILL CANDID BE LIABLE TO NPO OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LOST PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, OR LOSS OF INFORMATION, HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, AND WHETHER OR NOT CANDID HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
Maximum Liability. IN NO EVENT SHALL CANDID'S AGGREGATE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS TOU, THE GUIDESTAR NONPROFIT PROFILE UPDATE PROGRAM OR THE LICENSES GRANTED HEREUNDER OR ANY TERMINATION OF ANY OF THE FOREGOING, EXCEED $1,000. THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY IS CUMULATIVE AND NOT PER INCIDENT.
Reasonable Allocation of Risk. NPO understands and agrees that the limitations of liability set forth in this Section are a reasonable allocation of risk between NPO and Candid. NPO agrees that absent such allocation, Candid would not be able to offer the licenses hereunder or the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program. The limitations of liability provided in this TOU shall apply notwithstanding any failure of essential purpose of any limited remedy provided herein.
Indemnity. NPO agrees to indemnify, defend (at Candid’s request), and hold harmless Candid, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, consultants, and agents from any and all liability and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of NPO's unauthorized use of the Logo or the Widget, NPO's website, NPO's e-mail communications, or NPO's violations of any applicable laws or regulations (including, without limitation, any violation of the CAN SPAM Act).
Governing Law and Jurisdiction. This TOU is and will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without regard to its conflict of laws rules. NPO and Candid agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of New York to resolve any legal matter arising from this TOU, the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Update Program or NPO's relationship with Candid.
Entire Agreement. This TOU constitutes the entire agreement and understanding of the parties relating to the subject matter hereof.
Severability. If any provision of this TOU is held to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, then the remaining provisions will nevertheless remain in full force and effect.
No Waiver. The failure of either party to enforce at any time any of the provisions of this TOU will in no way be construed to be a present or future waiver of such provisions.
Amendment. This TOU may be amended by Candid in accordance with the terms of Section 1.
Assignment and Binding Effect. NPO agrees not to transfer or assign its rights or obligations under this TOU without the prior written consent of Candid.
Notices. You can provide any notices to Candid by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unless you tell us otherwise, or the law requires otherwise, you agree to receive all communications from us by e-mail, sent to the email addresses Candid has on file for NPO Managers. You are responsible for providing Candid with up-to-date contact information, which you may do by updating your account information through the GuideStar Site or sending a message to us via the contact information listed in this Section. You agree that all communications that we send to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that a communication be in writing.