What is a personal cause donation campaign?
mycause offers fixed and flexible personal cause crowdfunding campaigns for those wishing to fundraise for a person, pet or project as opposed to a charitable organisation (charity cause).
Donations made to a personal cause are not tax-deductible.
Flexible crowdfunding or fundraising means all donations are sent to the beneficiary regardless of whether the goal or target is reached. For example your target may be $2000. If you receive $550 in donations you will still receive these funds.
Funds are disbursed monthly notwithstanding the end date of the campaign.
Most people use our personal cause campaigns to raise funds for a friend, a loved one or themselves. 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 flexible crowdfunding on mycause?
A personal cause campaign is for a person or pet or project.
It cannot be a commercial campaign except at mycause discretion. For example we are allowing fundraising to support businesses affected by Covid-19.
If you are a community group such as a sporting club, service club or auxiliary you should consider signing up on the mycause platform to become a "Club/NFP" partner at no charge.
If you are a group or project we expect funds to be banked to the group's bank account not your personal bank account.
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 crowdfunding campaign that fails to adhere to the guidelines as outlined below and as outlined in our terms and conditions.
mycause reserves the right to not permit and immediately remove any crowdfunding campaign at our discretion.
mycause reserves the right to remove any images on any campaign that may be considered inappropriate or offensive at our discretion.
Content and activities that are not permitted.
mycause reserves the right to remove any user account or page that contains any content it deems inappropriate, offensive or unlawful. Any unlawful activity will be reported to the appropriate authority immediately.
Reasons a user or content will be removed or reported to authorities:
The following applies to user content that appears on any and all affiliated websites, landing pages, social media networks, forums posts operated by mycause.
Breaking the Law
mycause.com.au will report and remove any and all unlawful content or activity discovered to the appropriate authorities including but not limited to content pertaining to:
- Criminal charges/criminal acts/criminal defence funds
- Terrorist organisations/hate groups/rebel groups/gangs/organised violence
- Purchase/transfer/exchange of weapons
- Hate speech as defined by mycause
- Adult services/products
- Sexual medical procedures
- Graphic/violent material/procedures
- Deceased persons
- 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
- Breast enhancement or reduction
- Gender reassignment surgery
Scams & Frauds
- Campaigns that appear to be scams or untruthful or linked in any way to known scams such as Nigerian money or dating scams.
- Campaigns that appear legitimate but generate comments and feedback questioning their legitimacy
Political parties and candidates
- At mycause discretion
Set up costs
- Set up costs including accounting and legal fees to establish a charitable or not for profit entity
- mycause does not support orphanage tourism or volunteering. Included in this is rehabilitation centres for trafficked children or adults and similar. Whilst this activity is not illegal mycause does not support fundraising for this kind of trips, so campaigns of this nature will not be allowed.
- Poverty, access to education and disability are some of the main reasons why millions of children are living in orphanages. Families often have no other means of addressing these issues and send their children to orphanages to access support. Decades of research show that growing up, separated from family, in a residential care institution, such as an orphanage, is harmful to a child's development and well-being. Well-meaning support for orphanages - through donations, volunteering, tourist trips and faith-based mission work – is weakening the global effort to shift away from institutional models of care towards family-based care and perpetuating the cycle of family separation and institutionalisation. For further information about our stand please refer to https://rethinkorphanages.org/
Statements of this kind are also not allowed:
- Inflammatory or accusatory statements
- Hurtful/hateful/violent language
- Sexually explicit or suggestive language
- Dishonest, false, misleading statements
- References to pending actions before a court
- Hate speech, bigotry, racism, sexism
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 crowdfunding 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
- Breaching discrimination laws in any State
- Harassment or bullying of our staff or stakeholders
- Hate speech or other unacceptable text or language
- Other guidelines above not adhered to
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.