FAQs

FAQ
How do I create a project?

This is a screen video that explains how to do it:

What rewards should you offer?

Try to inspire people to make contributions by offering tangible rewards – products, benefits, and experiences. Ideally these rewards should come directly out of what you are campaigning for.

Examples; if you are raising money for a farm, offer food. If you raise money for an art project offer a painting, if you try to raise money for a PDC, offer to do the contributor’s garden.

My idea only requires a tiny amount of funding. Can I do that on Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform?
No problem! We welcome projects that are working to raise anything from £100 onwards.
We welcome any size of project.

Can I ask for loans?
No. We practise traditional fundraising, where a person gives money with only the rewards in return.

Immediately deliver funds or 100% threshold?
If your project depends on all the funding to succeed, please choose the 100% option. It might help people to donate or help you spread it further.

How do I know if the campaign will do what it promises?
These campaigns are largely built upon trust. Earth Ways cannot take responsibility for the correct use of the funds. Only give money to people or projects that you feel you can trust. We ask for proof of completion of the project out of courtesy, and that people proof their identity before allowing the project to use our site. But we cannot take responsibility or enforce anything. Only give money to people or projects that you feel you can trust. We cannot take any other responsibility or enforce anything.

Why do you ask me to proof my identity before approving my campaign?
We want to make sure that you are who you say are. To increase the trust from your donors that you are a genuinely good project.

Does Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform take a % of the funds raised?
No we do not. We are entirely funded through donations. You will receive any funds paid directly from the contributor to your account. It will not pass through our website or accounts. You will have to pay for any transfer costs. This is usually deducted from the amount the contributor pays before it reaches your account. Take these amount into account when calculating your total amount you want to raise.
If you would like to give us a donation that is hugely appreciated.

Does Earth Ways take some percentage of ownership or intellectual property of things made through the fundraising platform?
No. Absolutely not. Campaign creators keep full ownership of their work.

How do I start a campaign?
It’s easy and free to create a campaign. Scroll to the top and click on “Create a project” to get started or watch the video on top of this page.

Once you are ready to launch, we’ll ask you to approve the terms and conditions and then submit it to us. We will then review your submission to make sure it meets the campaign criteria. If it does, it will go live. At that point you can promote your campaign and drum up enough support to meet your fundraising goal.

Account Settings

I forgot my password, how do I log in?
Go to the sign-in pop-up box, and click on the Forgot your Password? link. From there you will be guided through the process.

How can I log in using my Facebook account?
You can sign in with Facebook using the Facebook login button on sign-in pop-up box.

How do I disconnect my Facebook account?
Log in through Facebook, then go to your account settings to disconnect from Facebook and set a password on your account page.

Do you recommend connecting with Facebook?
Yes! It’s an easy way for anyone to log in. If you’re a creator, it’s a great way to let contributors know a little bit more about you. It’s an easy way to show contributors you’re a real person. Remember to adjust the privacy settings of your Facebook account to better control what new visitors see.

Who is Earth Ways?
Earth Ways is a permaculture business, run by Ludwig Appeltans. It is mainly educationally focussed. But it encompasses also a Permaculture farm. You can find out more here:
and Earth Ways social networks are here:

Who is Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform?
We are a small team of committed people who realized the need for a cheap and ethical fundraising platform. The formal company structure is a Social Enterprise; a Community Interest Company.
The two directors are: Ludwig Appeltans and Danielle Quist.

How can I contact Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform?
You can email us using our contact form in the tab above.

Can I use the Earth Ways logo in my project?
Only if you ask and receive permission.

How much does the Earth Ways Crowdfund Platform cost?
It costs you the transfer costs. E.g. paypal fees and bank transfers.
We are happy with a donation at any time. As it is a donation we will accept whatever you offer us. We will do our best to indicate our needs on our homepage.

Are contributions tax-deductible?
Most contributions are not tax-deductible. You might want to ask the campaign creator.

If you have a question about a reward, shipping address or need to provide additional information for your contribution, contact the campaign creator, through their campaign page. For all other questions, refer to the Contributions section below.

Can I cancel my account?
You can cancel your account as long as you have not raised any money. Accounts that have raised money must remain active. Contact us to cancel your account or campaign.

Can I cancel my campaign?
You cannot cancel your campaign once it has raised money, but if you would like us to remove it from the site, we can do that for you, just let us know. You will have to refund all contributions made to end the campaign. If you have submitted your campaign and it has not received any money, please let us know that you would like us to delete it and we will do that for you.

Who can create a campaign?
Earth Ways Crowdfunding Platform is an international platform, so anyone with a bank account and who can proof their identity, can start a campaign. We do not however, for legal reasons, allow campaigns from countries or organisations on the U.K. sanctions or embargo lists. Also, some of the payment providers may have their own restrictions concerning which countries they can work with. We are sorry if this excludes you.

I have chosen the all or nothing option, what if I don’t reach my funding goal?
If you choose an all-or-nothing option, you must meet your goal to receive any of the funded money. If your campaign does not reach its funding goal, the pledges from the contributors are not collected. There are no costs associated with this. You are then welcome to post another campaign, but it is not recommended to try the same campaign again, as contributors are less likely to give a second time.

Payments are either immediately deposited directly in the project co-ordinator’s account or held in escrow by the payment processor until the project is 100% funded. Immediate payments are only available to projects for which that makes sense. If the campaign is successful, the contributions will then be sent to the campaign creator. If the campaign is not successful, your contribution will be refunded in full.

Can I contribute to my own campaign to make sure it makes the funding goal?
No. You cannot contribute to your own campaign, because this is restricted by law. If you want to use this strategy to help achieve your goal, you must find someone else.

Success!
Remember, if you meet your goal, you are in contract to complete the project that you campaigned for. We ask you to provide evidence that you did so that we can display on the website. Pictures, video, testimonies are all acceptable. We cannot enforce this, but out of courtesy to your sponsors, we ask you to do so.

How do I create a campaign?
It’s easy and free to create a campaign. Scroll to the top and click on “Create a project” to get started.
Once you are ready to launch, we’ll ask you to approve the terms and conditions and then submit the project to us. We will then review your submission to make sure it meets our campaign criteria. If it does, it will go live. At that point you can promote your campaign and drum up enough support to meet your fundraising goal.

How do I change my campaign page after it is live?
You can’t. Once you submit a campaign, it is no longer possible to change your campaign. This policy is in place to protect the contributors, who once giving to a campaign want to feel sure that it isn’t going to change. If you do have a small change that does not significantly change your campaign, please contact us through the “contact us” form on top of the page and we will do our best to make the changes for you.

Can I raise money or contribute in other currencies?
Our payment gateways typically accept payments in many currencies, and will convert to GBP for us.

Contributions
How to Contribute
To make a contribution, you must first create an account with us. This is as simple as signing in with Facebook or Google.

At this time you can only contribute using paypal. We are working on adding other ways to contribute.
If you want to avoid fees for a larger donation, you can ask the project owners to share bank details with you.

You may contribute to any live campaign by clicking on the “Contribute Now” button. You’ll be able to enter how much you want to contribute, claim your reward, and pay using Paypal.
All transactions take place in £. When you contribute to a campaign, your money is immediately debited from your account. If the campaign is successful, the contributions will then be sent to the campaign creator.

Your Information is Secure
We’re committed to your safety and security. We have safeguards in place to secure the information we collect online, prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information. As we not not receive or pass on money, no bank or paypal details are held by us.

How Do Refunds Work
When you contribute to a project, the money is immediately debited from your paypal account and passed onto the project owners. If you pledged, the campaign does not reach its goal, the money is not collected. Any refunds are to the discretion of the campaign owners. Earth Ways cannot enforce any refunds.

How to Contribute Anonymously

You can use an anonymous email address, or you can create a new one. In paypal you can link that new email address to your paypal account and use that to send money. Please note that the campaign creator will be given that e-mail address to be able to send you updates and contact you about rewards.

How to Edit Your Name
You can adjust the name that shows up on the campaign page for your contribution. Just log in to your account, then click on your name in the upper right hand corner. Select My Profile from the drop down menu, and continue from there.

Was My Contribution Successful?
We will send you a confirmation email if your contribution is successful. You can also keep track of any successful contributions made by checking your account’s profile page for a complete list.

Where is My Reward?
We don’t know, you’ll need to ask the campaign creator.

Can I Upgrade My Reward?
We don’t know, you’ll need to ask the campaign creator.

Fees and Pricing
Is it Free?
It is free to create an account, to set up a campaign, and to contribute. The only costs are the transaction fees for paypal. Since the paypal money goes straight to the campaign owner, we don’t have any control over that.

 

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