Who can register a project and what needs to be considered?
Generally, only an organisation that is not acknowledged as charitable by the German or Austrian tax authorities are allowed to raise funds at betterplace.org
As of September 12th 2016 it will no longer be possible to register any new projects on betterplace.org that are not recognized with charitable (gemeinnützig) status in Germany or Austria.
How did this all come about?
This step has become necessary as a consequence of the German Zahlungsdiensteaufsichtsgesetz (ZAG, Payment Services Oversight Act). This law, which regulates the activities of payment agents, was not yet on the books when betterplace.org was founded. Since then, the German Payment Services Oversight Act (ZAG) has become applicable in numerous areas, and in particular in internet commerce. As a result, betterplace.org would now have to adopt complex identification and account-settlement procedures in order to be able to continue allowing projects not recognized as being charitable, beneficent or church-related under Section 52 of the Abgabenordnung (AO, German Tax Code) to collect donations on our platform. This would be very expensive, however, and would unfortunately make it impossible for us to offer free-of-charge service for such projects. That would go against the declared mission of betterplace.org: To make 100 % of all collected donations available to the social sector while making the platform available for use at zero cost.
Therefore we recommend to present your project on a crowdfunding-platform:
For EU citizens we recommend Leetchi
Here you can find some other platforms