Terms and Conditions

 

POINTS OF LIGHT FOUNDATION INSTITUTE

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Last Updated: 6/22/10

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING AGREEMENT ("AGREEMENT") WHICH GOVERNS YOUR USE OF WWW.POINTSOFLIGHT.ORG, WWW.HANDSONNETWORK.ORG AND WWW.GETHANDSON.COM ("SITES"), WHICH ARE OWNED BY POINTS OF LIGHT FOUNDATION INSTITUTE ("POL" “we” and “us”). PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE ACCESSING THESE SITES. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, DO NOT USE THE SITES OR SIGN-UP FOR THE SERVICES.

Applicability of Terms

Whether you enter the Sites directly through www.pointsoflight.org (“POL Site”), www.handsonnetwork.org  (“HON Site”) or www.gethandson.com (“GH Site”) these Terms and Conditions as well as the Privacy Policy [provide link] will apply to your usage of the Sites.Please note, these Sites are intended for use in the United States of America only. Below the “General Terms and Conditions” are terms that apply specifically to the GH Site.

Acceptance of Terms for GH Site

You understand that by clicking the “I ACCEPT” button displayed on your screen in connection with this Agreement you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions as well as our Privacy Policy [provide link]. If you do not wish to be bound by this Agreement do not click “I ACCEPT” and do not use the GH Site.

Acceptance of Terms forPOL Site and HON Site

You understand that by using the POL Site and HON Site you are deemed to have agreed to these terms and conditions of use.  If you do not wish to be bound by this Agreement, do not use these Sites.

GENERAL TERMS and CONDITIONSAPPLICABLE TO ALL SITES

Restrictions on Use of Materials

The content posted on these Sites by POL, including but not limited to articles, text, graphics, trademarks, logos, etc. is protected by national and international copyright and trademark laws, and is the property of POL and any other owners (“POL Content”).  Unless we say otherwise, you may access the POL Content located on the Sites solely for your personal use. You may not modify, copy, publish, display, transmit, reverse engineer, adapt or in any way exploit the POL Content, except as necessary to perform the function on these Sites. You may not publish, display, or commercially exploit any POL Content or the intellectual property of other that is displayed on these Sites unless you request and receive prior written permission from us or other owners.  To request our permission, you may write to Web Site Content Administrator, at info@handsonnetwork.org. If permission is granted by us or other owners of intellectual property, you may not change or delete any author credit, trademark, legend or copyright notice. You must follow and observe all additional copyright notices or other restrictions contained on these Sites.

Access to the SiteS

POL grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited right to access, use and display the Sites and the POL Content for your own personal, non-commercial use. You agree not to interrupt, or attempt to interrupt, the operation of the Sites in any way. We reserve the right to restrict your access to part or all of the Sites at any time without notice or liability.

Scope of Use

The information, services and other materials provided on these Sites are the views of Points of Light Foundation Institute. While we believe the information, services and other materials provided on and through these Sites is factual and accurate, we make no representation or warranty regarding the accuracy of the information, services or other materials. Under no circumstances will we be liable for any consequence relating directly or indirectly to any action or inaction you take based on the information, services or other material on these Sites. While we will attempt to keep these Sites current, accurate, and complete, we cannot guarantee, and will not be responsible for any damage or loss related to the timeliness, accuracy, or completeness of the information, services, or other material on these Sites.

Linking

The Sites may contain links and pointers to other sites on the Internet that may be maintained by third parties. These links are not controlled by us and do not constitute an endorsement by us.
We are not responsible for the availability, accuracy, or currency of such third-party sites or any information, content, products or services accessible from such third-party sites. Once you leave the Sites and go to another site, be aware that those sites may have terms and conditions that differ from the provisions provided on these Sites. We recommend that you review the privacy policy and terms and conditions of those sites prior to use. we are not responsible for, and expressly disclaims any and all liability related to actions of such linked WEBsites, their terms and conditions or the content of such WEBsites.

Review of SUBMISSIONS

We have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the information submitted through these Sites to determine compliance with these conditions of use, any other agreements between the parties and compliance with any law, regulation or authorized government request.

Proprietary Rights and Third Party Content  

The Sites and the POL Content (“Copyrighted Material”) are all the copyrights of POL. You hereby acknowledge the confidentiality of the Copyrighted Material and agree to maintain its confidentiality. You agree not to use any Copyrighted Material without the prior written permission of POL.

All trademarks and service marks used on the Sites are marks of POL or authorized third parties. You agree not to use any marks contained on the Sites without the prior written permission of POL. You understand and acknowledge that the Sites and the POL Content may include articles and other information supplied by third parties ("Third Party Content”). Third Party Content is the intellectual property of those third parties. We use Third Party Content, if any, under license.

COOKIES

You may have access to restricted or password-protected areas of the Sites. If you do, we may use cookies.  "Cookies" are small text files that are either used for the duration of a session ('session cookies'), or saved on a user's hard drive in order to identify that user the next time he/she logs on to the website ('persistent cookies'). We may use session cookies to identify registered users logging in to the restricted areas of the Sites. These cookies are deleted from the component's server soon after the session ends and are not collected or saved. We may also use persistent cookies if a registered user clicks on the "save password" check box on login. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser to prevent that, although if you do disable cookies from your browser you may not be able to access certain sections or use certain functionality of the Sites.

BLOG

We welcome the contributions, personal accounts, and expertise of all individuals willing to contribute to the blog section of the Sites.  We ask that when commenting and blogging you adhere to a few basic standards of conduct and common courtesies to ensure a productive exchange of ideas and solutions.

You agree that you shall not post any content that: (i) is threatening, libelous, defamatory, or obscene; (ii) would constitute, or that encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate law; (iii) infringes the intellectual property, privacy, or other rights of any third parties; (iv) contains a computer virus or other destructive element; (v) contains advertising; or (vi) constitutes or contains false or misleading statements.

POL in its sole discretion reserves the right to refuse to post and the right to remove any information on the blog section of the Sites, in whole or in part, for any reason.

  • Review of posted content

We have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content posted on blog.  If we believe for any reason that the content you post is potentially libelous, infringing, defamatory, in poor taste, or continually inconsistent with the purpose and value system of the Sites, we reserve the right to remove it immediately.

  • Opinions of users posting content

The content of any blog posting is solely the opinion of the individual providing such content.  Unless we expressly say so, we in no way endorse, or support the opinions of others, or accept liability for those opinions, nor are any statements made on these Sites.

  • Other intellectual property matters

Any content posted on the blog is the intellectual property of the respective owner. Posting of such information on the Site does not imply that you may use the intellectual property for any purpose whatsoever. Unless otherwise stated, neither the Sites, nor the Sites owners are endorsed or affiliated with any of the holders of any such rights you have no rights to use the intellectual property unless those rights are granted by the owners of the intellectual property. Your use of any intellectual property is at your own risk.

By Posting any content on or through the blog, you hereby grant us a limited license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such content solely on and through the blog. The license you grant to us is non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicensable, and worldwide.

DONATIONS

You may make donations to us through the Sites. When you make donations through the Sites, you will be asked to submit certain information such as your name, mailing address, email address, employer, occupation. If you choose to make a donation via credit card our third party provider will handle the transaction on our behalf. You will receive an email from us confirming your donation, which will serve as your receipt of donation for tax purposes. We are committed to protecting your privacy and security and have explained in detail the steps we take to do so in our Privacy Policy.[MAKE THIS A LINK TO YOUR PRIVACY POLICY.]

ContestS

From time to time we may run various contests on the Sites. The terms and conditions of the contests will be governed by the rules set forth on the applicable contest page.

Disclaimer

EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH HEREIN, THE SITES (INCLUDING ALL POL CONTENT, THIRD PARTY CONTENT, AND INFORMATION MADE AVAILABLE THEREON OR ACCESSED BY MEANS THEREOF) IS PROVIDED AS IS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES REGARDING THE ACCURACY OR SUITABILITY OF CONTENT OR THIRD PARTY CONTENT, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, COMPATIBILITY, SECURITY, ACCURACY, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW, POL MAKES NO WARRANTIES AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR THE USE OF THE SITE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE BY POL. POL DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONING OF THE  SITES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE SITES OR POL CONTENT WILL MEET ANY PARTICULAR CRITERIA OF PERFORMANCE OR QUALITY.

Limitation of Liability

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL POL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT ARE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RELATED TO THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE SITES OR THEIR CONTENT.

TERM AND TERMINATION

This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect while you use Sites. You may terminate your use of the POL Site and HON Site at any time by discontinuing use.  You may terminate your use of the GH Site at any time, for any reason, by contacting us via email at info@handsonnetwork.org and indicating such. We may terminate or suspend your usage of the Sites or GH Site account immediately, for any reason, without prior notice or liability.

Modifications to the Site

POL reserves the right at any time to modify, suspend or discontinue any aspect or feature of the Sites. We may also change the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, and any subsequent use of the Sites by you constitutes your agreement to such changed terms and conditions. In the event that we make changes to terms applying to the GH Site, you will receive an email notice that changes have been made. Included in this email will be a link to a webpage on the GH Site where you can go to review these changes. Your continued usage of the GH Site after we send the email notice constitutes your consent to the changes to this Agreement.

Age

This Site is intended for use by people age 13 or older. By using these Sites, you represent that you are over the age of 13. 

Privacy Policy

We are committed to protecting your privacy and security and have explained in detail the steps we take to do so.  Please read our Privacy Policy [place link to policy here].

Force Majeure

We are not responsible for delays or any failure in performance resulting from acts beyond the control of POL. Such acts include, but are not limited to, acts of God, strikes, acts of war, epidemics, governmental regulations, fire, communication line failures, power failures, earthquakes, or other disasters.

Governing Law

This Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Georgia.  Accordingly, the laws of Georgia will be used exclusively to construe, govern, and enforce these terms, excluding all conflict of laws rules.  Except as provided in the Injunctive Relief section, any action related to or arising out of this Agreement will be filed only in the Georgia courts and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Georgia. 

Injunctive Relief

In the event you breach or threaten breach of this Agreement, you acknowledge and agree that we will be greatly and irreparably damaged and the damage will be difficult to quantify. You agree that in addition to any and all other remedies available POL will be entitled to obtain relief by way of a temporary or permanent injunction to enforce the obligations set forth in this Agreement.

ENFORCEABILITY

If any provision of this Agreement shall be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this Agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.  This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all previous written or oral agreements between the parties with respect to such subject matter.

Your Questions and Comments

We invite you to learn more about us.  If you have any questions or comments please contact us at info@handsonnetwork.org or at 404.979.2900.

TERMS APPLICABLE TO THE POL SITE ONLY

Updates

By entering your email address on the home page of the POL Site, You are able to sign up to receive email updates from Us regarding our services.

If you no longer wish to receive email updates, you can unsubscribe by clicking the unsubscribe link located at the bottom of one of the email updates you receive from us.  After you complete the unsubscribe process, you will no longer receive updates from us.  Upon receiving notice of your desire to unsubscribe, we will unsubscribe you within 10 days of our receipt of such notice.

NOMINATE YOUR VOLUNTEERS AND WOMAN OF WORTH

Through the POL Site you have the opportunity to nominate volunteers and outstanding women that you believe are making outstanding contributions to your community and to the world. When making a submission you will be asked to submit information about yourself and the volunteer, such as name, address, telephone number and email address. Prior to making a submission, you must get consent from the nominee to submit their personal information. You understand and agree that by making a submission you are affirmatively indicating that you have received consent from the nominee to submit his/her personal information. You understand and agree that all nominations become the property of POL and shall be governed by the conditions set forth on the applicable section of the POL Site and by the Privacy Policy [place link to policy here]. You also understand and agree that submission of your nomination constitutes permission for us to use your submission, name, photograph or likeness for purposes of advertising and promotion or otherwise without further compensation, except where prohibited.

TERMS APPLICABLE TO HON SITE ONLY

Get in the Know

Through this section of the HON Site you have the opportunity to receive information from us via email regarding specific volunteer opportunities in your area.  If you no longer wish to receive email updates, you can unsubscribe by clicking the unsubscribe link located at the bottom of one of the email updates you receive from us.  After you complete the unsubscribe process, you will no longer receive updates from us.  Upon receiving notice of your desire to unsubscribe, we will unsubscribe you within 10 days of our receipt of such notice.

Share Your Story!

In the Share your Story! section of this HON Site, you have the opportunity to tell us how you or someone you know created meaningful change in your community.  When you submit your story you will also be asked to submit information such as your name, address, telephone number and email address.  We will protect your information in accordance with the terms of our Privacy Policy [place link to policy here]. You understand and agree that submission of your story constitutes permission for us to use YOUR name,  story, photograph or likeness IN SUBMISSIONS for purposes of advertising and promotion or otherwise without further compensation, except where prohibited.

TERMS APPLICABLE TO GH SITE ONLY

USER CONDUCT

As a condition of use, you agree not to use the GH Site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by the terms of this Agreement, or any other purpose not reasonably intended by us.

REGISTRATION AND PASSWORD

As a condition to using the GH Site, you are required to register us by providing a valid email address and selecting a user name and password.  You agree to provide us with accurate, complete, and updated registration information. Failure to do so shall constitute a breach of the Agreement, which may result in immediate termination of your GH Site account.

You may not: (i) select or use a user name or email account of another person with the intent to impersonate that person or without that individual’s consent; or (ii) use a user name that is offensive, vulgar or obscene.

We reserve the right to refuse or cancel registration in our sole discretion.  You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account.  You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security.  We cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with the terms of this section.  You agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct and acceptable Content, including all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States.

Prohibited Content

You may not upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available or cause to be available, on the GH Site or in connection with your use of the GH Site ("Post") any facts, information, pictures, comments, messages, images, illustrations, audio clips, video clips, graphics (“Content”) that:

  • is hateful, threatening or pornographic or contains nudity;
  • promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual;
  • harasses, stalks, bullies, or advocates harassment of another person;
  • exploits people in a sexual or violent manner;
  • contains violence or contains a link to an adult website;
  • solicits personal information from anyone under 18;
  • provides any telephone numbers, street addresses or personal email addresses;
  • promotes information that you know is false or misleading or promotes illegal activities or conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory or libelous;
  • promotes an illegal or unauthorized copy of another person's copyrighted work, such as providing pirated computer programs or links to them, providing information to circumvent manufacture-installed copy-protect devices, or providing pirated files or links to pirated files;
  • contains anything that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
  • contains anything that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party;
  • involves the transmission of junk mail, chain letters, or unsolicited mass mailing, instant messaging, spimming, or spamming;
  • furthers or promotes any criminal activity or enterprise or provides instructional information about illegal activities including, but not limited to making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone's privacy, or creating computer viruses;
  • solicits passwords or personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other users;
  • involves commercial activities and/or sales without our prior written consent such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising, or pyramid schemes;
  • includes a photograph of another person that you have posted without that person's consent;
  • contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
  • violates any applicable law; or
  • disables, overburdens or impairs the proper working of the GH Site.

Any violation of this section of this Agreement may result in immediate termination of this Agreement, and may subject you to state and federal penalties and other legal consequences.  We reserve the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in our sole discretion, violates this section, including without limitation, removing the offending communication from the GH Site and terminating the membership of such violators.

PROHIBITED CONDUCT

In an effort to maintain the security of the GH Site and all members you agree to the following:

  • You will not send or Post unauthorized commercial communications;
  • You will not collect GH Site users information using automated means (e.g. robots, spiders, etc.);
  • You will not upload viruses or malicious code;
  • You will not offer any contests or other promotions without our prior written consent;
  • You will not provide any false information on the GH Site;
  • You will not transfer your account to another user without our prior written consent;
  • If we disable your account you will not create another one without our prior written consent; and
  • You will not facilitate or encourage any violations of these terms of use or our Privacy Policy [place link here].

PROPRIETARY RIGHTS IN CONTENT

We do not claim any ownership rights in the Content that you Post on the GH Site.  After Posting your Content to the GH Site, you continue to retain all ownership rights in such Content, and you continue to have the right to use your Content in any way you choose. By Posting any Content on or through the GH Site, you hereby grant us a limited license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Content solely on and through the GH Site. The license you grant to us is non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicensable, and worldwide. This license will terminate at the time you remove your Content from the GH Site.

You represent and warrant that: (i) you own the Content Posted by you on or through the GH Site or otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth in this section, and (ii) the Posting of your Content does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights or any other rights of any person. You agree to pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owing any person by reason of any Content Posted by you to or through the GH Site.

MEMBER DISPUTES

You are solely responsible for your interactions with other GH Site members. We reserve the right, but have no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other members. You release POL and its officers, members and employees from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with such member disputes.