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scottwills Envato team says

Using Your Account for Charitable Purposes

Good morning! Hope everyone had a great weekend! We’re happy to announce and provide some better clarity on how we handle charitable fundraising on our Marketplaces:
We have such an amazing and generous community, we realized that giving back was very important to you. Our previous guidelines on allowing charitable efforts on the Marketplaces were not very well defined. In fact, there was no official policy! So we’ve provided some basic guidelines and suggestions in a brand new Knowledgebase article:

Using Your Account for Charitable Purposes

In a nutshell, you are now permitted to officially sell an item (or items) that benefit an organization of your choosing. To keep things very simple, we leave it entirely up to you to organize.

Please read through the article and remember that charitable initiatives will be limited to profile and item pages only. The forums should not be used for charitable fundraising.

If there’s any further clarification we can help with, just let us know. Thanks!

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SamBerson says

Wow, that’s really great news. Thanks for that! :grin:

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VectorMedia says

Really cool, I’ll look into it for sure.

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3Ddym says

Love it!

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VF says

Thanks for the efforts on this.

Just a question, couldn’t see any explanation on knowledgeable regarding the process. So from now on, is it possible to make one or more item earnings to be transferred to charity organisation’s account?

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tommusrhodus says

Devils Advocate: Wouldn’t it be possible for an author to claim to be giving to charity and then pocketing the potential extra sales income for themselves? If there’s no enforcement for claims like this then it just seems like a simple way for some unscrupulous authors to use this as a marketing technique.

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scottwills Envato team says

Thanks for the efforts on this. Just a question, couldn’t see any explanation on knowledgeable regarding the process. So from now on, is it possible to make one or more item earnings to be transferred to charity organisation’s account?

Hi VF! No extra functionality here – authors are responsible for handling and transferring donations themselves.

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scottwills Envato team says

Devils Advocate: Wouldn’t it be possible for an author to claim to be giving to charity and then pocketing the potential extra sales income for themselves? If there’s no enforcement for claims like this then it just seems like a simple way for some unscrupulous authors to use this as a marketing technique.

Sadly, this is true, Tom. This can happen in real life, not just on our Marketplaces. When it happens in real life it’s called fraud. Any kind of charitable fraud is a criminal activity. If an author wishes to engage in criminal activity and sacrifice their livelihood here, then they should anticipate appropriate consequences.

As far as Envato is concerned and as the article mentions, ”...any use of your Envato account must be in line with the Marketplaces Terms and Author Terms.”

Our aim here is obviously to facilitate greater opportunities for genuine authors with genuine intentions. Unfortunately, there are always going to be exceptions and people with ill intentions. If there’s a will, there’s a way. All things considered, it’s better to give that opportunity than not provide the opportunity at all. If the analogy helps, it’s kinda like a teacher punishing the entire class because one kid is being naughty. That’s not something we want to do. Allow authors to be good humanitarians and allow charities to benefit. Hopefully a win-win.

Hope this helps. :)

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Typps says

Very nice. Well done Envato. Not that I will engage in charitable causes anytime soon, not a big earner yet, but nice to have the option wide open. Love to help when/if I can :)

Thanks Scott

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-axnorpix says

Its really great news for us :)

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