Fundraising shop for Haiti?

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Original Post

I would love to see and potentially help to organize an Etsy shop established to fundraise for relief efforts in Haiti. Though I wasn't involved with this I understand a similar shop was started to help during the Australian bushfires last year. Does anyone know how this was done or have any suggestions on how it may work?

Thanks so much,
Victoria

Posted at 9:55pm Jan 13, 2010 EST

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Candies64 says

waiting to hear...

Posted at 9:57pm Jan 13, 2010 EST

Hmmmm, have you tried a search in the forums? I know I saw a thread on it for Australia. It may have some details you need.

Posted at 9:57pm Jan 13, 2010 EST

I don't know how it was organized but I remember the shop. I'm in if anyone sets something official up through Etsy etc... I have a product I thought up today I was going to list as helping Haiti tonight but I'll hold off until I see if a shop will be set up...

Posted at 9:59pm Jan 13, 2010 EST

Good idea, Angel! I'll see what I can find...

Posted at 9:59pm Jan 13, 2010 EST

Add me to the list. Would love to donate an item for this shop if it happens.

Posted at 10:01pm Jan 13, 2010 EST

I hope those with know how chime in. Someone posted a link from the Dos and Donts and it said we have to hook up with a legal Charity, 502 or something like that in order to open a specific shop on E.

Posted at 10:01pm Jan 13, 2010 EST

It sounds like the shop would have to be explicitly linked to an organization. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good one?

Posted at 10:01pm Jan 13, 2010 EST

American Red Cross is pretty good. I also heard Doctors Without Borders lost all 3 of their buildings and many personnel down there so maybe they would be worth taking a look at, too.

Posted at 10:03pm Jan 13, 2010 EST

Good to have in this thread:

from the do's and donts,


Charitable listings and shops
DOs and DON'Ts > Shops and listings > Charitable listings and shops

Etsy understands that members may wish to participate in fundraising for charitable organizations and causes. Charitable fundraising is subject to many laws, and unfortunately, there exist unsavory people who may attempt to take advantage of your good will. Therefore, for the protection of our community, Etsy has established some policies regarding charitable listings and shops that use charitable fundraising as a promotional tool. Members participate in charitable fundraising at their own risk.

* Members represent that any charitable fundraising complies with all applicable laws.
* A seller who promotes that their Etsy shop engages in charitable fundraising on behalf of a recognized tax-deductible charitable organization (for example: 501(c)(3) status or equivalent with the IRS, similar legally-recognized non-U.S. charitable organization) must receive appropriate consent from the charitable organization.
* The seller must include clear information about the organization and donation details in the listing and/or Public Profile.
* Listings created solely to solicit for donations are not permitted. All listings on Etsy must be for a tangible item available for sale.
* Members must comply with all policies, including Etsy's Community and Conversations policies. Members must not send unsolicited donation requests.
* A charitable shop involving multiple people must comply with all applicable rules concerning collective shops.

Members who do not comply with Etsy's policies may be subject to review, which can result in suspension of account privileges and/or termination. If Etsy removes an item listing for violating Etsy policy, the seller is still obligated to pay the listing fee for that item. Suspended or terminated members remain obligated to pay Etsy for all unpaid fees per our Terms of Use.

Posted at 10:03pm Jan 13, 2010 EST