Global Brigades is an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams.

Terms and Conditions of Use

(Updated August 1, 2017)

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 (“Terms of Use”) govern your use of this Website. These Terms of Use are entered into by and between You and Global Brigades. Please read these Terms of Use carefully before you start to use the website. 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 of Use.

Global Brigades reserves the right to change these Terms of Use at any time without prior notice and all changes are effective immediately when we post them. As such, you should check these Terms of Use from time to time for changes. Your continued use of the Website following the posting of revised Terms of Use means that you accept and agree to the changes.

BY USING THE WEBSITE, YOU ACCEPT AND AGREE TO BE BOUND AND ABIDE BY 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.

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, including, but not limited to violation of these Terms of Use.

Global Brigades reserves the right to withdraw or amend this Website, and any service or material we provide on the Website, in our sole discretion without notice. Global Brigades will not be liable if for any reason all or any part of the Website is unavailable at any time or for any period. From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of the Website, or the entire Website, to users, including registered users.

Accessing the Website and Account Security

This Website provides a flexible platform to fundraise, recruit/coordinate volunteers, and create awareness for international service through Global Brigades’ programs, as well as programs offered by other organizations. 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.

To access the Website or some of the resources it offers, you may be asked to provide certain registration details or other information. It is a condition of your use of the Website that all the information you provide on the Website is correct, current, and complete. You agree that all information you provide to register with this Website or otherwise, including but not limited to through the use of any interactive features on the Website, is governed by our Privacy Policy, and you consent to all actions we take with respect to your information consistent with our Privacy Policy.

If you choose, or are provided with, a user name, password, or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any other person or entity. You also acknowledge that your account is personal to you and agree not to provide any other person with access to this Website or portions of it using your user name, password, or other security information. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized access to or use of your username or password or any other breach of security. You also agree to ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. You should use particular caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information.

We have the right to disable any username, password, or other identifier, whether chosen by you or provided by us, at any time in our sole discretion for any or no reason, including if, in our opinion, you have violated any provision of these Terms of Use.

Intellectual Property Rights

The Website and its entire contents, features, and functionality (including but not limited to all information, software, text, displays, images, video, and audio, and the design, selection, and arrangement thereof), are owned by Global Brigades, Inc., its licensors, or other providers of such material and are protected by United States and international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws.

These Terms of Use permit you to use the Website for your personal, non-commercial use only. You must not reproduce, distribute, modify, create derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, republish, download, store, or transmit any of the material on our Website, except as follows:

  • Your computer may temporarily store copies of such materials in RAM incidental to your accessing and viewing those materials.
  • You may store files that are automatically cached by your Web browser for display enhancement purposes.
  • You may print or download one copy of a reasonable number of pages of the Website for your own personal, non-commercial use and not for further reproduction, publication, or distribution.
  • You may print, copy or download materials on this Website for the purpose of recruiting volunteer participants or fundraising for Global Brigades programs.
  • If we provide desktop, mobile, or other applications for download, you may download a single copy to your computer or mobile device solely for your own personal, non-commercial use, provided you agree to be bound by our end user license agreement for such applications.

You must not:

  • Modify copies of any materials from this site.
  • Delete or alter any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights notices from copies of materials from this site.

You must not access or use for any commercial purposes any part of the Website or any services or materials available through the Website.

If you print, copy, modify, download, or otherwise use or provide any other person with access to any part of the Website in breach of the Terms of Use, your right to use the Website will stop immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made. No right, title, or interest in or to the Website or any content on the Website is transferred to you, and all rights not expressly granted are reserved by Global Brigades. Any use of the Website not expressly permitted by these Terms of Use is a breach of these Terms of Use and may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws.

Copyright/Trademark Information

The Global Brigades name and logo and all related names, logos, product and service names, designs, and slogans are trademarks of Global Brigades, Inc. or its affiliates or licensors. You must not use such marks without the prior written permission of Global Brigades. All other names, logos, product and service names, designs, and slogans on this Website are the trademarks of their respective owners.

This entire Website, copy, images, logos, indicia, text, and all content therein is copyright 2011-2017 Global Brigades, Inc.. 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.

Prohibited Uses

You may use the Website only for lawful purposes and in accordance with these Terms of Use. You agree not to use the Website:

  • In any way that violates any applicable federal, state, local, or international law or regulation (including, without limitation, any laws regarding the export of data or software to and from the US or other countries).
  • For the purpose of exploiting, harming, or attempting to exploit or harm minors in any way by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for personally identifiable information, or otherwise.
  • To transmit, or procure the sending of, any advertising or promotional material, including any “junk mail”, “chain letter”, “spam”, or any other similar solicitation.
  • To impersonate or attempt to impersonate Global Brigades, a Global Brigades employee, another user, or any other person or entity (including, without limitation, by using email addresses associated with any of the foregoing).
  • To engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits anyone’s use or enjoyment of the Website, or which, as determined by us, may harm Global Brigades or users of the Website or expose them to liability.

Additionally, you agree not to:

  • Use the Website in any manner that could disable, overburden, damage, or impair the site or interfere with any other party’s use of the Website, including their ability to engage in real time activities through the Website.
  • Use any robot, spider, or other automatic device, process, or means to access the Website for any purpose, including monitoring or copying any of the material on the Website.
  • Use any manual process to monitor or copy any of the material on the Website or for any other unauthorized purpose without our prior written consent.
  • Use any device, software, or routine that interferes with the proper working of the Website.
  • Introduce any viruses, trojan horses, worms, logic bombs, or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful.
  • Attempt to gain unauthorized access to, interfere with, damage, or disrupt any parts of the Website, the server on which the Website is stored, or any server, computer, or database connected to the Website.
  • Attack the Website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.
  • Otherwise attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website.

User Contributions

The Website may contain message boards, chat rooms, personal web pages or profiles, forums, bulletin boards, and other interactive features (collectively, “Interactive Services”) that allow users to post, submit, publish, display, or transmit to other users or other persons (hereinafter, “post”) content or materials (collectively, “User Contributions”) on or through the Website.

Any User Contribution you post to the site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. By providing any User Contribution on the Website, you grant Global Brigades and its affiliates the right to use, reproduce, modify, perform, display, distribute, and otherwise disclose to third parties any such material.

You represent and warrant that:

  • You own or control all rights in and to the User Contributions and have the right to grant the license granted above to Global Brigades and affiliates.
  • All of your User Contributions do and will comply with these Terms of Use.

You understand and acknowledge that you are responsible for any User Contributions you submit or contribute, and you, not Global Brigades, have fully responsibility for such content, including its legality, reliability, accuracy, and appropriateness. We are not responsible or liable to any third party for the content or accuracy of any User Contributions posted by you or any other user of the Website.

Global Brigades retains the right to:

  • Remove or refuse to post any User Contributions for any or no reason in our sole discretion.
  • Take any action with respect to any User Contribution that we deem necessary or appropriate in our sole discretion, including if we believe that such User Contribution violates the Terms of Use, infringes any intellectual property right or other right of any person or entity, threatens the personal safety of users of the Website or the public, or could create liability for Global Brigades.
  • Disclose your identity or other information about you to any third party who claims that material posted by you violates their rights, including their intellectual property rights or their right to privacy.
  • Take appropriate legal action, including without limitation, referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unauthorized use of the Website.
  • Terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the Website for any or no reason, including without limitation, any violation of these Terms of Use.

Without limiting the foregoing, we have the right to fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity or other information of anyone posting any materials on or through the Website. YOU WAIVE AND HOLD HARMLESS THE COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSEES AND SERVICE PROVIDERS FROM ANY CLAIMS RESULTING FROM ANY ACTION TAKEN BY ANY OF THE FOREGOING PARTIES DURING, OR TAKEN AS A CONSEQUENCE OF, INVESTIGATIONS BY EITHER SUCH PARTIES OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.

However, we do not undertake to review all material before it is posted on the Website, and cannot ensure prompt removal of objectionable material after it has been posted. Accordingly, we assume no liability for any action or inaction regarding transmissions, communications, or content provided by any user or third party. We have no liability or responsibility to anyone for performance or non performance of the activities described in this section.

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.

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 Brigades.

External Links

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 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 you.

Indemnification

By using the Website you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Global Brigades, Inc., Global Brigades Health and Development, Global Brigades Germany,  Global Brigades Ireland, Global Brigades UK, GBO Ghana, Asociación Global Brigadas de Honduras, Global Brigades Foundation of Panama, and Global Brigades Ventures, Inc. 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 of Use. 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.

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, GLOBAL BRIGADES WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY A DISTRIBUTED DENIAL-OF-SERVICE ATTACK, VIRUSES, OR OTHER TECHNOLOGICALLY HARMFUL MATERIAL THAT MAY INFECT YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA, OR OTHER PROPRIETARY MATERIAL DUE TO YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR TO YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIAL POSTED ON IT, OR ON ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO IT.

YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT, AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT, AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. NEITHER THE COMPANY NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPANY MAKES ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS, SECURITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, ACCURACY, OR AVAILABILITY OF THE WEBSITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER THE COMPANY NOR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPANY REPRESENTS OR WARRANTS THAT THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT, OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, ERROR-FREE, OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT OUR SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT THE WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL OTHERWISE MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS.

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW, GLOBAL BRIGADES HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY WARRANTIES THAT CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

General Terms

No failure or delay by Global Brigades in exercising any right, power or privilege under these Terms of Use 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 of Use will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of these Terms of Use, all of which will remain in full force and effect.

These Terms of Use 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 California without reference to conflict of law principles. These Terms of Use contain the entire understanding of the parties regarding their subject matter and supersede all prior and contemporaneous agreements and understandings between the parties pertaining thereto.

Copyright 2011-2017 Global Brigades, Inc.. All rights reserved.

1 Except where it appears as “Global Brigades, Inc” in these Terms of Use, the name “Global Brigades” refers to one or more Global Brigades entities, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity; “Global Brigades, Inc.,” “Global Brigades Ventures, Inc.,” “Global Brigades Health and Development,” “Global Brigades Germany,”  “Global Brigades Ireland,” “Global Brigades UK,” “GBO Ghana,” “Asociación Global Brigadas de Honduras,” and “Global Brigades Foundation of Panama.”

2 Websites included in and subject to this Privacy Policy are www.globalbrigades.org, www.empowered.org, www.medicalbrigades.org, www.businessbrigades.org, www.waterbrigades.org, www.publichealthbrigades.org, www.engineeringbrigades.org,  www.humanrightsbrigades.org, and www.dentalbrigades.org.

3 Empowered.org is wholly owned by Global Brigades Ventures, a California Public Benefit Corporation.