Terms and Conditions of Use
Welcome to the Global Brigades 1 website, which includes the Empowered.org 2 platform (hereinafter
collectively referred to as the “Website”). The following Terms and Conditions govern your use of
this Website. Please take a few minutes to review them. They describe your rights and
responsibilities and what you can expect from Global Brigades as you use this Website. Your use of
the Website constitutes your agreement to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Global
Brigades reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any time without prior notice.
As such, you should check these Terms and Conditions from time to time for changes.
WHEN YOU ACCESS THIS WEBSITE, YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
OF USE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE, OR TO
ANY CHANGES WE MAY SUBSEQUENTLY MAKE TO THEM, IMMEDIATELY STOP
ACCESSING OUR WEBSITE. FOR PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS, WE CAN
CUSTOMIZE THESE TERMS FOR YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS.
Global Brigades reserves the right to take steps to block any person or entity from accessing this
Website and at its sole discretion may remove any user accounts from this Website for any reason,
Website Use Provisions
The purpose of this Website is to empower individuals and groups to mobilize for their desired social
change. From small grass-roots clubs to complex international organizations, this Website provides a
flexible platform to fundraise, recruit/coordinate volunteers, and create awareness for international
service. As part of that effort, the Website directs money to the participating organizations’ merchant
processor to fund activities designated by the donor (or users of the site). Global Brigades does not
charge any set up costs or monthly fees, but if you elect to fundraise money on the Website we may
receive a small percentage of each donation to administer and improve the Website if the donor
elects to contribute to cover the online transactions.
Permission to use content, documents and related graphics delivered from this Website is restricted.
You may access, use and copy information and materials available through this Website only for
purposes of considering and/or participating on initiatives that are facilitated through Empowered.org
posted by the participating organizations; and you may only use with the consent of the
organization/group associated with the content. That information and those materials, including
pages and content, may not be copied, distributed, modified, published, or transmitted in any other
manner, including for use in creative work or to sell or promote other products or services. Violation
of this policy may result in infringement of the intellectual property and contractual rights of Global
Brigades, Empowered.org or other third-party entities, which are protected by state and federal law
and international law and treaties and could result in substantial civil and criminal penalties.
When retrieving information from our Website, you are prohibited from (1) using or attempting to
use spiders, robots, avatars, intelligent agents, or any other extraction or navigation search except for
a normal browser; (2) aggregating, copying or duplicating any of the materials or information
available from the Website except for the reasonable amount of materials and information
temporarily required for an ordinary single use of the site; or (3) accessing data not intended for
legitimate use of the Website for the purposes stated above.
This entire Website, copy, images, logos, indicia, text, and all content therein is copyright 2011
Global Brigades Association. All third-party trademarks, copy, images, logos, indicia, text and all
other content appearing on this Website are hereby acknowledged by the respective participating
organizations. Empowered.orgTM, Global BrigadesTM, and any variation of them, are trademarks of
Global Brigades Association or third party providers and may not be used without written
We welcome your comments regarding this Website. However, any comments, feedback, notes,
messages, ideas, suggestions or other communications (collectively, "Comments") directed to Global
Brigades will be and remain Global Brigades’ exclusive property. This does not include comments
directed to participating organizations. Your submission of any such Comments directed to Global
Brigades or Empowered.org, constitutes an assignment to Global Brigades and Empowered.org of all
right, title and interest in and to all copyright and other intellectual property rights in the Comments.
By registering with the Website, you certify that the information you provide through registration is
accurate and pertains only to you. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your
log-in information and the password you are assigned. Your password may not be shared with any
Though we take commercially reasonable steps to protect the security of the Website, we do not
control all access channels to it. Accordingly, you acknowledge that any information you put into
any field on the Website might be publicly accessible at any time during transmission. We are not
liable for protection of privacy of any information transferred to us over the Internet until it enters
Communication from Global Brigades
When registering on our Website, we reserve the right to email you alerts and special notices that we
believe may be of interest to you. We respect your right not to receive these communications and if
any time you tell us you don’t want to receive them, we’ll disable that functionality for your account.
Each of these communications will contain a clear link to Unsubscribe. When you unsubscribe, we
will remove your name from the communication list and will no longer send you these alerts and
special notices, unless you choose to re-subscribe at a later date. To unsubscribe, email
admin@Empowered.org and put Unsubscribe in the subject line.
Most portions of this Website allow users to post their own material. Materials posted by users do
not necessarily reflect the views of Global Brigades, or other participating organizations, groups, and
volunteers. By posting materials to this Website, you represent that you have all the necessary right
in and to such materials, and that such materials will not violate or infringe any personal or
intellectual property rights of any third parties, nor will such materials be harmful, defamatory,
unlawful, threatening, obscene lewd lascivious, harassing or otherwise objectionable. By posting
materials to this Website, you authorize Global Brigades, Empowered.org and/or any affiliated
organization or group to use, and authorize others to use any such materials in any manner or
GLOBAL BRIGADES AND ALL PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS AND GROUPS
EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY MATERIAL
COMMUNICATED BY THIRD PARTIES THROUGH THIS WEBSITE.
You may not advertise or solicit on this Website without the express written permission of Global
Links to other websites do not imply an endorsement of the materials disseminated at those sites, nor
does the existence of a link to another site imply that the organization or person publishing at that site
endorses any of the materials on this site. Links to other websites are provided by Empowered.org as
a convenience to its users; Global Brigades is not responsible for the content contained on any
website linked to this site.
Correction of Errors and Inaccuracies
While Global Brigades makes every reasonable effort to present accurate information on this
Website, the information here may sometimes contain typographical errors or inaccuracies and may
not be complete or current. We reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and
to change or update information at any time without prior notice to you (including after you have
submitted your information). Such errors, inaccuracies or omissions may relate to group or project
description, cost information and availability. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause
By using the Website you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Global Brigades Association, Global
Brigades, Inc., Global Brigades Canada, Global Brigades Ireland, Global Brigades U.K., Global
Brigades Germany, and Global Brigades Switzerland, Global Brigades Ventures, and/or
Empowered.org and its employees, representatives, agents, affiliates, directors, officers, managers
and shareholders (the "Parties") from any damage, loss, or expense (including without limitation,
attorneys' fees and costs) incurred in connection with any third party claim, demand or action
("Claim") brought against any of the Parties alleging that you have breached any of these Terms and
Conditions. The Parties will have the right to control the defense, settlement, and resolution of any
such Claim at your sole expense. You may not settle or otherwise resolve any Claim without the
Parties’ express written permission.
Warranty and Limitation of Liability
Global Brigades makes no guarantee or warranty, express or implied, as to the reliability, accuracy,
timeliness or completeness of the information on this Website and is not responsible for any errors or
omissions in it, whether caused by the source of the information or Empowered.org.
ALL INFORMATION THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED "AS IS, WHERE IS," AND WITHOUT
WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTY OF
TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT
SHALL GLOBAL BRIGADES, EMPOWERED.ORG OR ANY AFFILIATED ORGANIZATION
OR PERSON (“AFFILIATE”) BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY
FOR ANY MATTER ARISING OUT OF OR IN RELATION TO YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE
OR ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED IN IT.
IN NO EVENT WILL GLOBAL BRIGADES, GLOBAL BRIGADES VENTURES,
EMPOWERED.ORG OR ANY AFFILIATE BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL,
INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN RELATION TO
YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF USE, LOSS
OF DATA, OR LOSS OF BUSINESS OR PROFITS. SOME LOCALITIES DO NOT ALLOW
THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO
THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
No failure or delay by Global Brigades in exercising any right, power or privilege under these Terms
and Conditions will operate as a waiver thereof, nor will any single or partial exercise of any right,
power or privilege preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other such
right, power, or privilege. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Terms and
Conditions will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of these Terms and
Conditions, all of which will remain in full force and effect.
These Terms and Conditions will bind Global Brigades, its Affiliates, and you, and each such
person’s or entity’s successors and assigns, and will be governed by and construed in accordance
with the laws of the State of Washington without reference to conflict of law principles. These
Terms and Conditions contain the entire understanding of the parties regarding their subject matter
and supersede all prior and contemporaneous agreements and understandings between the parties
Copyright 2011 Global Brigades Association. All rights reserved.
2 Empowered.org is wholly owned by Global Brigades Ventures, a California Public Benefit Corporation.