What is a fixed crowdfunding campaign?
mycause offers fixed and flexible personal cause crowd funding campaigns for those wishing to fundraise for an individual or project as opposed to a charitable organisation (charity cause).
Donations made to a personal cause are not tax-deductible.
Fixed crowd funding means all donations are pledged until the fundraising goal or target is reached. The donor's card is NOT charged until the goal is reached. If you do not reach the target then the donor’s credit card is not debited and the funds are not transferred.
Most people use our personal cause campaigns to raise funds for a friend, a loved one, themselves or a community or cause related project. This can include raising funds for surgery & treatment, volunteering trips, purchasing equipment such as a wheelchair, competing in sporting events, celebrations, funerals & memorials and even fundraising for pets & animals.
Many inspiring fundraising ideas can be found here: https://www.mycause.com.au/fundraising-ideas
What kind of people or organisations can use fixed crowdfunding on mycause?
A personal cause campaign cannot be a commercial campaign. You must be funding for a person, pet or community project.
You may be an individual or a community group such as a sporting club, toy library or community garden.
mycause welcomes all fundraisers that are domiciled within Australia. We will also accept overseas fundraisers from limited overseas locations.
About these guidelines
Whilst most fundraisers create personal cause campaigns that are inspiring, purposeful and legitimate, we have created the following guidelines to help ensure that campaigns published and promoted via the mycause website are transparent, appropriate and acceptable.
mycause reserves the right to not permit and immediately remove any fixed crowd funding campaign that fails to adhere to the guidelines as outlined below and as outlined in our terms and conditions.
mycause reserves the right to remove any images included on fixed crowd funding campaigns that may be considered inappropriate or offensive.
Content and activities that are not permitted
Breaking the Law
- Criminal charges/criminal acts/criminal defence funds
- Terrorist organisations/hate groups/rebel groups/gangs/organised violence
- Purchase/transfer/exchange of weapons
- Adult services/products
- Sexual medical procedures
- Graphic/violent material/procedures
- Drug products/paraphernalia/promotion
Termination of Life
- Suicides/assisted suicides
- Abortions (human/animal)
- Ending the life of an animal
- Offering investment returns/equity/get rich quick schemes
- Currency exchange/offshore banking
- Purchasing of investments, equity, annuities, lottery contracts
Cosmetic Surgery & IVF
- Breast enhancement or reduction
- Gender reassignment surgery
- IVF (you can create IVF related campaigns under Fixed Cause)
Statements of this kind are also not allowed:
- Inflammatory or accusatory statements
- Profanity, bigotry, racism, sexism
- Hurtful/hateful/violent language
- Sexually explicit or suggestive language
- Dishonest, false, misleading statements
- References to pending actions before a court
The fundraiser is the campaign owner and creator.
- You must establish the transparency and legitimacy of the personal cause campaign
- Must provide detailed information about the reason for your fixed crowd funding campaign – ie why they are collecting funds
- Must provide a clear definition of the beneficiary – ie who they are collecting funds for
- Must provide legitimate contact details including Facebook verification if available
A personal cause campaign may be de-activated as a result of:
- Inadequate information provided about the reason for the campaign
- Beneficiary not being clearly defined
- Being unable to contact the fundraiser
- Fundraiser details not matching or appearing untrue/fake
- Provision of information questioning legitimacy from outside sources
- Other guidelines above not adhered to
Rewards or incentives for pledges
Rewards may be offered when donors make pledges for fixed crowd funding campaigns.
Fundraisers are not permitted to offer the following as rewards on their fixed cause funding campaign:
- Sexually explicit material/rewards
- Financial rewards including cash, annuities, equity and investments
- Raffles or gaming prizes
- Illegal or restricted items
- Alcoholic beverages
- Lottery tickets
While these guidelines may not cover every situation, mycause will review all campaigns on a case-by-case basis and take action where necessary at our absolute discretion as outlined in our Terms & Conditions.
Anyone who feels that a campaign is in violation of these guidelines is encouraged to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.