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Welcome to East Bay Community Foundation. These Terms of Service (“Terms”) are a legally binding contract and govern your access to, and use of, the website at https://www.ebcf.org and other digital products and services (“Services”) offered by East Bay Community Foundation, a California non-profit corporation (“EBCF,” “we,” or “us”).

These terms provide important information, including your agreement to grant us rights to your content, our limitation of liability, your waiver of any right to participate in a class action, and your agreement to resolve any disputes between you and EBCF by binding individual arbitration. By using the Services, you agree to be bound by these Terms.

Changes to These Terms or the Services

We reserve the right to change these Terms from time to time, in our sole discretion. In addition, we may change or stop providing the Services at any time. All changes are effective immediately. You agree that your continued use of the Services following such changes constitutes your acceptance of such changes to these Terms.

Your Privacy

You acknowledge and agree that any personal information that you provide or that we collect in connection with the Services will be treated in the manner described in our Privacy Policy, which can be found at https://ebcf.org/privacy-policy/. Our Privacy Policy is incorporated into these Terms.


If you wish to make a donation or contribution through the site (a “Donation”), please note that we may use one or more third-party payment services (each, a “Payment Service”) to collect such Donations. If you wish to make a Donation, you may be directed to one or more web pages hosted by the applicable Payment Service or such Payment Service’s service providers, and not by us (such web page(s), the “Payment Service Page(s)”). Your use of any Payment Service Page will be subject to the Payment Service’s user agreement in addition to this Agreement, and will be subject to the Payment Service’s privacy policy, not our Privacy Policy. You acknowledge and agree that we are not, and will not be, responsible or liable for the Payment Service’s services, its site or any of its acts or omissions. We reserve the right to discontinue or change any Payment Service used in connection with the Site. We also reserve the right to refuse to accept any Donation, and we are not obligated to refund any Donation. We reserve the right to use your Donation at our discretion.

Your Use of the Services

Subject to these Terms, EBCF grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, and revocable license to use the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of the Services as provided by EBCF, in the manner permitted by these Terms. The rights granted to you constitute a limited license and not a transfer of title. All right, title, and interest in and to the Services (excluding content provided by users) are and will remain the exclusive property of EBCF and its affiliates.

You are prohibited from any use of data mining, robots, or any other data gathering and extraction tools in your use of the Services.

The Services are protected by copyright, trademark, other laws of the United States, and possibly by jurisdictions outside of the United States. Nothing in these Terms gives you a right to use EBCF’s intellectual property, including but not limited to EBCF’s name or any of EBCF’s trademarks, logos, domain names, other distinctive brand features, or copyrights.

Your Conduct

You agree to use the Services only for lawful purposes and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict the use and enjoyment of the Services by us, other users of the Services and/or any third party. Such restriction includes conduct which is unlawful, or which may, in EBCF’s sole opinion, harass or cause distress or inconvenience to any person and the transmission of obscene, defamatory, or offensive content, or result in any disruption, within the Services.

You may not do any of the following while accessing or using the Services: (i) access, tamper with, or use non-public areas of the Services, EBCF’s computer systems, or the technical delivery systems of EBCF’s providers; (ii) probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any system or network or breach or circumvent any security or authentication measures; (iii) access or search or attempt to access or search the Services by any means (automated or otherwise) other than through our currently available, published interfaces that are provided by EBCF; (iv) forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any email or posting, or in any way use the Services to send altered, deceptive or false source-identifying information; or (v) interfere with, or disrupt, (or attempt to do so), the access of any user, host or network, including, without limitation, sending a virus, overloading, flooding, spamming, mail-bombing the Services.

Copyright Policy / Intellectual Property Policy

We respect the intellectual property rights of others and expect users of the Services to do the same. We will respond to notices of alleged intellectual property infringement, including but not limited to copyright infringement, that comply with applicable law and are properly provided to us. If you believe that your content has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please submit a claim by e-mailing us or by writing to us at the contact information provided below.


The Services may contain links to third party websites, advertisers, services, or other content that is not owned or controlled by EBCF. We do not endorse or assume any responsibility for such third party sites, information, products, or services. If you access any third party website, service or content from EBCF, you do so at your own risk and agree that we will have no liability arising from your use of or access to any third party website, service or content.

You have permission to use buttons, links, and widgets, subject to these Terms, and agree that your use of such buttons, links and widgets will link only to the Services. You may not modify such buttons, links or widgets or associated code in any manner, and may not imply or suggest that EBCF operates, endorses, sponsors, or recommends the website on which such buttons, links, or widgets are used. We retain the right to revoke the permission to use such buttons, links, and widgets at any time for any reason.


We care about the security of our users. While we work to protect the security of your content and account, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat our security measures. Please notify us immediately of any compromise or unauthorized use of your account.

Term and Termination

These Terms are effective from the date that you first access the Services or submit any information to EBCF, whichever is earlier, and will remain effective until terminated in accordance with its terms, except for those terms that survive termination.

EBCF may terminate or suspend your user account at any time, in our absolute discretion, with or without notice, for any or no reason. You can terminate your account at any time.

Upon termination of these Terms, your right to use the Services will immediately cease. All disclaimers, limitations of liability, indemnification, EBCF rights of ownership and licenses to EBCF will survive any termination.

We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Services or any part or portion thereof, with or without notice to you. You agree that we will not be liable to you or any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of the Services, or any part or portion thereof. Nothing in these Terms will be construed to obligate EBCF to maintain or support the Services, or any part or portion thereof, during the term of these Terms.


As a condition of your access to and use of the Services, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless EBCFand its subsidiaries, affiliates, licensors, licensees, shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents and other partners, from and against any claims, suits, proceedings, disputes, demands, liabilities, damages, losses, costs and expenses, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees (including costs of defense of claims, suits or proceedings brought by third parties), in any way related to (a) your access to or use of the Services, (b) any breach of these Terms, or (c) any claim or allegation that you have violated the intellectual property rights of other users or third parties. You will not enter into a settlement of the foregoing without our prior written approval.

Limitation of Liability

By using the Services you may encounter content or information that might be inaccurate, incomplete, delayed, misleading, illegal, offensive, or otherwise harmful or objectionable. We provide no guarantees regarding the content posted by other users or third parties.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, ebcf shall not be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages, or any loss of profits or revenues, whether incurred directly or indirectly, or any loss of data, use, goodwill, or other intangible losses. In no event shall ebcf’s aggregate liability for all claims related to the services exceed the greater of ten dollars ($10.00) Or the amounts paid by you to ebcf for the past six months for the services.

Advice found on ebcf’s website should not be relied upon for personal, legal, financial or tax decisions and you should consult an appropriate professional for specific advice tailored to your situation and needs.

The limitations in this section shall apply to any theory of liability, whether based on warranty, contract, statute, tort (Including negligence) Or otherwise and whether or not ebcf has been informed of the possibility of any such damage, and even if a remedy set forth herein is found to have failed of its essential purpose.


The services and all included content are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis without warranty of any kind, whether express or implied. Without limiting the foregoing, ebcf expressly disclaims any and all warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement and any warranties arising out of course of dealing or usage of trade.

We make no promises with respect to, and expressly disclaim all liability, to the maximum extent permitted by law, for: (I) Completeness, accuracy, availability, timeliness, security or reliability of the services or any content provided by the services (II) Any harm to your computer system, loss of data, or other harm that results from your access to or use of the services; (III) The deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit any content and other communications through the services; And (IV) Whether the services will meet your requirements or be available on an uninterrupted, secure, or error-free basis.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms will be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without regard to its conflict of laws provisions. Any claims, legal proceedings or litigation arising in connection with these Terms or the Services, for which the dispute arbitration provision below does not apply, will be brought solely in the federal or state courts located in Alameda County. You consent to the jurisdiction and venue in such courts and waive any objection as to inconvenient forum.

Dispute Resolution

You and EBCF agree that any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating to these Terms or to your use of the Services (collectively “Disputes”) will be settled by binding arbitration, except that each party retains the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation, or violation of a party’s copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, or other intellectual property rights. You acknowledge and agree that you and EBCF each are waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate as a plaintiff as a class member in any class action proceeding. Further, unless you and EBCF agree otherwise in writing, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims and may not preside over any form class action proceeding. If this specific paragraph is held unenforceable, then the entirety of this “Dispute Resolution” section will be deemed void. Except as provided in the preceding sentence, this “Dispute Resolution” section will survive any termination of the agreement contained in these Terms.

Arbitration Rules and Governing Law. The arbitration will be administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (the “AAA Rules”) then in effect, except as modified by this “Dispute Resolution” section. (The AAA Rules are available at http://www.adr.org or by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879). The Federal Arbitration act will govern the interpretation of this section.

Arbitration Process. A party who desires to initiate the arbitration must provide the other party with a written Demand for Arbitration as specified in the AAA Rules. The arbitrator will be either a retired judge or an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of California and will be selected by the parties from the AAA’s roster of consumer dispute arbitrators. If the parties are unable to agree upon an arbitrator within 7 days of delivery of the Demand for Arbitration, then the AAA will appoint the arbitrator in accordance with AAA Rules.

Arbitration Location and Procedure. Unless you and EBCF agree otherwise, the arbitration will be conducted in Oakland, California. If your claim does not exceed $10,000, then the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents you and EBCF submit to the arbitrator, unless you request a hearing and the arbitrator then determines that a hearing is necessary. If your claim exceeds $10,000, your right to a hearing will be determined by AAA Rules. Subject to AAA Rules, the arbitrator will have the discretion to direct a reasonable exchange of information by the parties, consistent with the expedited nature of the arbitration.

Arbitrator’s Decision. The arbitrator will render an award within the timeframe specified in the AAA Rules. The arbitrator’s decision will include the essential findings and conclusions upon which the arbitrator based the award. Judgment on the arbitration may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Any award of damages by an arbitrator must be consistent with the “Disclaimers and Limitations of Liability” section above. The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief in favor of the claimant only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by the claimant’s individual claim.

Fees. Your responsibility to pay any AAA filing, administrative and arbitrator fees will be as set forth in the AAA Rules.


If any provision of these Terms is found to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions (except as provided for under “Dispute Resolution”). This is the entire agreement between you and us relating to the subject matter herein and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous written or oral agreements between you and us with respect to such subject matter. Neither these Terms nor any right, obligation, or remedy hereunder is assignable, transferable, delegatable, or sublicensable by you except with our prior written consent, and any attempted assignment, transfer, delegation, or sublicense shall be null and void. We may assign, transfer, or delegate these Terms or any right or obligation or remedy hereunder in its sole discretion. No waiver by either party of any breach or default hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default. Any heading, caption, or section title contained in these Terms is inserted only as a matter of convenience and in no way defines or explains any section or provision hereof.

Contacting EBCF

The Services are provided by EBCF. You can contact EBCF by emailing us at info@eastbaycf.org or by writing to us at the following address:

De Domenico Building
200 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

Effective: March 15, 2021