How to Donate
Dear Caudata.org User,
I hope that you've found Caudata.org helpful to you in your hobby or professional interest. You may have found new information or discovered new contacts with whom you have been able to discuss your interests or profession, or perhaps you have found the advertisements useful to buy or sell captive-bred animals.
We've been around since February 6th 2001. Since that time Caudata.org's usership and traffic have both grown enormously, and they continue to do so. You, the users, have made this a fun and interesting place. Thank you!
You know, I bet you haven't seen a single commercial advertisement on this site. There's a good reason for that: there aren't any! Caudata.org is free and it's my intention to keep it that way. I don't run the site for profit. The site is funded entirely by donations from the usership. These donations pay for the site's maintenance, domain name fees and hosting costs. Donations were used to finance three major server upgrades to Caudata.org in May 2003, May 2004 and April 2006, and our latest upgrade in May 2007. Donations have paid for all of our software too: the forum, the look of the site, the chat and the user galleries.
So as you can see, all of this is possible because of your donations. So, why donate? You should donate if you want to continue the enrichment of your knowledge and your ability to share information with others. You should donate for the better captive maintenance of newts and salamanders. You should donate if you found information that helped you save a sick animal. You should donate if you met someone who provided you with captive bred offspring of a species in which you are very interested. You should donate if you've benefited from this site since you've joined and you have the financial means to spare a few .uro or a few dollars. If those reasons aren't enough for you, check out the perks of being a donor listed in the table lower on this page!
-John Clare, Founder of Caudata.org, May 2007
How to Donate
The preferred method of donation is Paypal. This is something akin to an online bank, through which you can transfer funds internationally and in several currencies. The only downside is that the receiver, in this case the owner of Caudata.org (John Clare), pays a small fee to receive your money. Paypal entails that you have a credit card (or in some countries, just a bank account will suffice). Paypal is free for you the donor to use to send money. It's instantaneous and secure. I personally use it regularly. From experience, I've found that it can reduce currency exchange costs (i.e. make the money go as far as it can) because Paypal is generally cheaper than many banks for currency exchange. When you try to donate you will automatically be given the option to start a paypal account (it's free) if you don't have one already.
Please only donate if you want to and you can afford to do so. If you wish to send a personal cheque, please get in contact for details. Before making any donation, please read the policy regarding donations.
To Donate, go to the Forum, register for a user account if you have not done so already, and then go to Paid Donations. Follow the instructions there.
Due to our experience with donations over the years, this policy was created for both the donor's peace of mind, and that of Caudata.org's owner, John Clare. By donating you are agreeing that you have read and accepted the following policy.
- All donations below $100 that were made prior to May 24th 2007 will confer donor status until June 1st 2009. After that the user will become a normal registered user again.
- Paypal donations must be made by going to the Paid Donations page only.
- The minimum donation is US $5 or 4 €uro.
- Paypal donations in currencies other than US dollars and .uro will not be accepted. Donations in currencies other than these two will be returned as soon as received. No matter what currency you use with Paypal, you have the facility to donate in any currency you choose, so please use US dollars or €uro.
- Donations that don't comply with the above may be subject to return and invalidation.
- Refunds of donations will only be approved in special cases (e.g. fraudulent use of your Paypal account or credit card by a third party, your child gets hold of your credit card without your permission, etc). Refunds are made at the discretion of either the site owner (John Clare) and/or the moderators of the forum.
- Donors using the Paid Donations page now receive donor status on the Caudata.org Forum automatically and instantaneously.
- Donations are not a purchase or a sale. Donors are not purchasing any good, nor are they purchasing a stake in Caudata.org.
- Donors who donate regularly will keep their Caudata.org Forum donor status. Refer to the Paid Donations page for details of donor status duration.
- Donor status on the Caudata.org Forum entitles the donor to the perks listed in the table above.
- Donor status does not entitle a donor to any special treatment beyond the perks listed.
- A donation is considered to be the value of the money after fees have been paid to receive it (in the case of Paypal), or cash a cheque (in the case of foreign cheques that require fees for currency exchange and lodging).
- Caudata.org is an entity owned and operated by John Clare. Caudata.org is not a charity, and donations are not tax deductible.
- Donations to Caudata.org are used at the sole discretion of the owner, John Clare. However, most decisions on the use of the money are debated and decided collectively on the forum either with consultation of the users or the moderators.
- All fees for this website and its website family are paid for through John Clare.
- Caudata.org is an advertisement-free site, as are the sites in its website family. John Clare reserves the right to change this status should it, in the opinion of John Clare, become necessary to do so. For example, such a necessity would be an inability to fund the site on donations alone due to a consistently low donations record for the preceeding 3 months to when the decision is made and announced.
- John Clare reserves the right to change this policy at any time and as he sees fit.
- Updates to this policy will be announced on the Caudata.org Forum.
- By donating, it is implied that the individual has read and accepted this policy.
If you have a problem with any part of this policy, or you wish to discuss an issue regarding a donation, please make contact. Please rest assured that in the several years since donations to Caudata.org have existed, there have been less than a handful of problems, and all have been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.