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What happens when donations cannot be spent for the project?

When project managers haven’t requested a payout over the course of a longer period (12 months) we cancel the project. The German law and our terms of use provide that donations have to be used promptly.

The donations for tax deductible projects will then be used by us (gut.org gemeinnützige AG, operator of betterplace.org) for our statutory purposes.

The same applies to the cancellation of a project by the project manager, when the realisation of the project isn’t possible.

In the case of projects without tax advantages in Germany the donations will be paid back to the supporters as long as they can be contacted with reasonable effort. All donations under EUR 20 will be allocated to betterplace.org and will be used to pursue its statutory purposes.

The same procedure applies to fundraising events, when the donations cannot be forwarded to the linked project because the respective project cannot receive further donations.

In 2017 this money was used for the following purposes by gut.org gemeinnützigen Aktiengesellschaft:

In 2016 this money was used for the following purposes by gut.org gemeinnützigen Aktiengesellschaft:

  • matching of donations to selected projects in line with a Giving Tuesday Matching Fund:
  • improving the support for organisations and project manager
  • co-financing of technical optimizations on our platform like for example the upload of videos on the project page
  • supply of free, monthly webinars on topics such as Online Fundraising, volunteer opportunities and Christmas Fundraising for project managers

In 2015 this money was used for the following purposes by gut.org gemeinnützigen Aktiengesellschaft:

  • matching of donations to selected projects in line with a Christmas Matching Fund
  • enabling of recurring donation jobs in the integrated donation form
  • co-financing of the re-design of fundraising events and the fundraising event-widget for project managers
  • supply of free, monthly webinars on topics such as Online Fundraising and volunteer opportunities for project managers