Rules & Legal Information (August 2016)
 

GreaterGood.org (GGO) and The Animal Rescue Site are proud to announce that THE SHELTER CHALLENGE will grant over $100,000USD, through monetary grants and product grants, in support and assistance to select domestic and international animal rescue and welfare organizations.

Animal rescue and welfare organizations caring for domestic pets (mammal, avian, or reptile) are welcome to join the Shelter Challenge at any time, before, during, or after current contests. GreaterGood.org, GreaterGood, The Animal Rescue Site, and Shelter Challenge take no responsibility for organization's failing to provide all registration material necessary for approval or technical difficulties in registration.

 

The eligibility of participating animal rescue and welfare organizations will be determined either during or after the voting period has been completed. To be eligible, organizations must have a valid and current 501(c)3 or international equivalent, or be a Municipal Shelter.  Determination of eligibility is at the sole discretion of GreaterGood.org.


How The Shelter Challenge Works
 

Visitors to THE SHELTER CHALLENGE will have an opportunity to choose from a list of select animal rescue and welfare organizations.  Visitors can cast one vote daily during each voting period to help pick the organizations which will receive support from GreaterGood.org. Voters are limited to one (1) vote per person per day for each voting contest.  Participating organizations that violate or encourage supporters to violate this rule be subject to an audit of votes and disqualification. Votes will be accepted from Monday, August 29, 2016, until Midnight (PT) on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

 

Grant Prizes are anticipated to be distributed in the following manner: Grand Prize of $10,000 for the eligible organization with the highest vote total, $3,000 grants to three runner-up organizations with the second, third, and fourth highest vote totalPhoto Contest Prizes of a $2,000 grant will be awarded to two eligible organizations represented by finalists with the highest number of votes in each of two photo contests (total of four $2,000 grants), as well as a $1,000 grant awarded to four eligible organizations represented by finalists with the next-highest number of votes in two photo contests (total of 8 $1,000 grants). One State Prize of $1,000 for the organization in each of the 51 states with the highest vote total; One Canadian Prize of $1,000 for the organization in Canada with the highest vote total for that country, one U.S. Organized Territories and Presidential Republics Prize of $1,000 for the organization in U.S. organized territories or presidential republics in free association with the U.S. with the highest vote total, and one International Prize of $1,000 for the organization with the highest vote total located outside the United States and Canada. 

 

Non-Monetary Prizes:  

A set of 15 Rescue Boxes will be awarded to the State Contest second-place winner in each of the 51 states with the second highest vote total, and 50 pet beds will be awarded to the State Contest third-place winner in each of the 51 states with the third highest vote total.

 

Acceptance of Prizes:  Winners must accept the monetary prizes in the form of a check drawn upon a U.S. Bank and the non-monetary prizes as described above. If they decline to accept the prizes as stated in these rules, GreaterGood.org will determine an appropriate use of funds or non-monetary prizes to benefit rescued animals.

 

Eligibility

Organizations receiving the Grand Prize or Runner Up prize are ineligible for Regional Prizes during the same voting period (For example, if the Grand Prize Winner is located in California, the State Prizes will go to the eligible organizations in that state with the highest vote total after the Grand Prize Winner).

Organizations are only eligible for one Grand Prize per calendar year.  Organizations that have won a Grand Prize during a previous Shelter Challenge are still eligible for other prizes. 

Winners of First Place regional prizes are not eligible for the regional prize during the next consecutive contest in the calendar year.  Organizations are still eligible for other contests, including the Story Prizes.

Winners of Weekly Prizes are not eligible for Regional Prizes during the same voting period. They remain eligible for Grand Prize and Second Prize, and for Story Prizes, subject to the rules governing those prizes.

Any organization which loses or fails to provide proof of its 501c3 status (if operating in the United States) or charity status (if operating outside the United States) prior to, during, or at the end of the Shelter Challenge will be ineligible for any prize won during the Shelter Challenge.

Organizations which sign up for the Shelter Challenge agree to abide by the rules, provide accounting of the use of funds or non-monetary prizes to GreaterGood.org, and provide documentation of their 501( c)3, 990, or charity status upon request. Failure to do so may strip them of current or future eligibility in Shelter Challenges as determined by GreaterGood.org.

Final determination of eligibility for current and future Shelter Challenges remains at the sole discretion of GreaterGood.org and its staff.

Shelter and Rescue Group Staff Participation

Staff and volunteers of organizations are allowed and encouraged to create accounts, recruit, submit stories, and vote for their own organizations, subject to the one vote per person per day per contest limitation

Participating organizations are absolutely welcome to communicate about the Shelter Challenge on websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and other media.  Participating organizations are expected to encourage participation based on the rules of the Shelter Challenge. Encouragaging voters to vote more than once per day is expressely against Shelter Challenge rules. Organizations that do so may experince a vote audit and disqualification from the Shelter Challenge. 

Auditing and Disqualification of Votes

GreaterGood and the Shelter Challenge reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any votes that appear to be (a) created by an automated system; or (b) fraudulent in any way. Repeated fraud by individual users will result in that user's account and subsequent votes being blocked.

Fraudulent activity, particularly involving "bots" or rapidly repeating votes from a single user or IP address, can interfere with the performance of the Shelter Challenge program for legitimate users - and absolutely will not be tolerated.  Votes for organizations that appear to officially encourage or sanction fraudulent activity in the Shelter Challenge will be audited, penalized appropriately if fraud is confirmed, and the organization possibly permanently removed from Shelter Challenge eligibility at the discretion of the Shelter Challenge organizers, GreaterGood, and GreaterGood.org.  

The best way to ensure continued eligibility is to clearly encourage one vote per person per day from supporters.  


Questions?
Please check our FAQ first! If the answer cannot be found there, please direct your question to Admin@ShelterChallenge.com.


Legal Notice
The distribution of award monies or product by GreaterGood.org to various animal rescue and welfare organizations through the Challenge should not be construed as an endorsement by GreaterGood.org of the recipient organization's practices or policies.

GreaterGood.org and The Animal Rescue Site are not responsible for any inability to vote in or participate in the Challenge due to accessibility or connectivity problems, technical or otherwise, associated with the Challenge, GreaterGood websites, The Animal Rescue Site, the Shelter Challenge website, the voter's choice of browser or Internet provider, or other.

The final determination of the winners in the Challenge is in the sole discretion of GreaterGood, the Shelter Challenge, and GreaterGood.org.  GreaterGood and Shelter Challenge reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to remove, deactivate, or suspend any organization in the voting database.

GreaterGood.org reserves the right to determine the final eligibility of each organization to receive funding and to audit, recount, and discount votes. 

Rules & Legal Information (March 2016)
 

GreaterGood.org (GGO) and The Animal Rescue Site are proud to announce that THE SHELTER CHALLENGE will grant $100,000 USD, through monetary grants and product grants, in support and assistance to select domestic and international animal rescue and welfare organizations.

Animal rescue and welfare organizations caring for domestic pets (mammal, avian, or reptile) are welcome to join the Shelter Challenge at any time, before, during, or after current contests. GreaterGood.org, GreaterGood, The Animal Rescue Site, and Shelter Challenge take no responsibility for organization's failing to provide all registration material necessary for approval or technical difficulties in registration.

 

The eligibility of participating animal rescue and welfare organizations will be determined either during or after the voting period has been completed. To be eligible, organizations must have a valid and current 501(c)3 or international equivalent, or be a Municipal Shelter.  Determination of eligibility is at the sole discretion of GreaterGood.org.


How The Shelter Challenge Works
 

Visitors to THE SHELTER CHALLENGE will have an opportunity to choose from a list of select animal rescue and welfare organizations.  Visitors can cast one vote daily during each voting period to help pick the organizations which will receive support from GreaterGood.org. Voters are limited to one (1) vote per person per day for each voting contest.  Votes will be accepted from Monday, March 7th, 2016, until Midnight (PT) on Sunday, April 10th, 2015.

 

Grant Prizes are anticipated to be distributed in the following manner: Grand Prize of $6,000 for the eligible organization with the highest vote total, $2,000 grant to two runner-up organizations with the second highest vote total; Photo Contest Prizes of two $1,000 grants to help animals will be awarded each week during the voting period for each eligible organization with the most votes during that week; One State Prize of $1,000 for the organization in each of the 51 states with the highest vote total; One Canadian Prize of $1,000 for the organization in Canada with the highest vote total for that country, one U.S. Organized Territories and Presidential Republics Prize of $1,000 for the organization in U.S. organized territories or presidential republics in free association with the U.S. with the highest vote total, and one International Prize of $1,000 for the organization with the highest vote total located outside the United States and Canada. 

Weekly Prizes: One $500 grant to help animals will be awarded each week during the voting period for each eligible organization with the most votes during that week. Participants are eligible for only one weekly prize during each Shelter Challenge. Winners of the Weekly prizes will be announced weekly. No organization may win more than one Weekly Prize during each voting period.

 

Non-Monetary Prizes:  

50 pet beds will be awarded to the Weekly Contest winner. Six sets of 50 pet beds each will be rewarded to the Photo Contest runners-up with the second and third highest total votes. 50 pet beds will be rewarded to the State Contest runner-up in each of the 51 states with the second highest vote total and 25 pet beds will be rewarded to the State Contest runner-up in each of the 51 states with the third highest vote total.

 

Acceptance of Prizes:  Winners must accept the monetary prizes in the form of a check drawn upon a U.S. Bank and the non-monetary prizes as described above. If they decline to accept the prizes as stated in these rules, GreaterGood.org will determine an appropriate use of funds or non-monetary prizes to benefit rescued animals.

 

Eligibility

Organizations receiving the Grand Prize are ineligible for Regional Prizes during the same voting period (For example, if the Grand Prize Winner is located in California, the State Prizes will go to the eligible organizations in that state with the highest vote total after the Grand Prize Winner).

Organizations are only eligible for one Grand Prize per calendar year.  Organizations that have won a Grand Prize during a previous Shelter Challenge are still eligible for other prizes.

Winners of First Place regional prizes are not eligible for the regional prize during the next consecutive contest in the calendar year.  Organizations are still eligible for other contests, including the Weekly Prize and Story Prizes.

Winners of Weekly Prizes are not eligible for Regional Prizes during the same voting period. They remain eligible for Grand Prize and Second Prize, and for Story Prizes, subject to the rules governing those prizes.

Any organization which loses or fails to provide proof of its 501c3 status (if operating in the United States) or charity status (if operating outside the United States) prior to, during, or at the end of the Shelter Challenge will be ineligible for any prize won during the Shelter Challenge.

Organizations which sign up for the Shelter Challenge agree to abide by the rules, provide accounting of the use of funds or non-monetary prizes to GreaterGood.org, and provide documentation of their 501( c)3, 990, or charity status upon request. Failure to do so may strip them of current or future eligibility in Shelter Challenges as determined by GreaterGood.org.

Final determination of eligibility for current and future Shelter Challenges remains at the sole discretion of GreaterGood.org and its staff.

Shelter and Rescue Group Staff Participation

Staff and volunteers of organizations are allowed and encouraged to create accounts, recruit, submit stories, and vote for their own organizations, subject to the one vote per person per day per contest limitation. 

Participating organizations are absolutely welcome to communicate about the Shelter Challenge on websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and other media.  Participating organizations are expected to encourage participation based on the rules of the Shelter Challenge.  Organizations that appear to officially encourage or sanction fraudulent activity in the Shelter Challenge will be contacted and their votes audited.  Repeated incidents will lead to disqualification without notice. 

Auditing and Disqualification of Votes

GreaterGood and the Shelter Challenge reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any votes that appear to be (a) created by an automated system; or (b) fraudulent in any way.

Questions?
Please check our FAQ first! If the answer cannot be found there, please direct your question to Admin@ShelterChallenge.com.


Legal Notice
The distribution of award monies or product by GreaterGood.org to various animal rescue and welfare organizations through the Challenge should not be construed as an endorsement by GreaterGood.org of the recipient organization's practices or policies.

GreaterGood.org and The Animal Rescue Site are not responsible for any inability to vote in or participate in the Challenge due to accessibility or connectivity problems, technical or otherwise, associated with the Challenge, GreaterGood websites, The Animal Rescue Site, the Shelter Challenge website, the voter's choice of browser or Internet provider, or other.

The final determination of the winners in the Challenge is in the sole discretion of GreaterGood, the Shelter Challenge, and GreaterGood.org.  GreaterGood and Shelter Challenge reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to remove, deactivate, or suspend any organization in the voting database.

GreaterGood.org reserves the right to determine the final eligibility of each organization to receive funding and to audit, recount, and discount votes. 

Organizations receiving the Grand Prize are ineligible for Regional Prizes during the same voting period (For example, if the Grand Prize Winner is located in California, the State Prizes will go to the eligible organizations in that state with the highest vote total after the Grand Prize Winner).

 

Organizations are only eligible for one Grand Prize per calendar year. Organizations that have won a Grand Prize during a previous Shelter Challenge are still eligible for other prizes.

 

Winners of First Place regional prizes are not eligible for the regional prize during the next consecutive contest in the calendar year.  Organizations are still eligible for other contests, including the Weekly Prize and Photo Contest Prizes.

Winners of Weekly Prizes are not eligible for Regional Prizes during the same voting period. They remain eligible for Grand Prize and Second Prize, and for Photo Contest Prizes, subject to the rules governing those prizes.

 

Any organization which loses or fails to provide proof of its 501c3 status (if operating in the United States) or charity status (if operating outside the United States) prior to, during, or at the end of the Shelter Challenge will be ineligible for any prize won during the Shelter Challenge.

 

Organizations which sign up for the Shelter Challenge agree to abide by the rules, provide accounting of the use of funds or non-monetary prizes to GreaterGood.org, and provide documentation of their 501( c)3, 990, or charity status upon request. Failure to do so may strip them of current or future eligibility in Shelter Challenges as determined by GreaterGood.org.

 

Final determination of eligibility for current and future Shelter Challenges remains at the sole discretion of GreaterGood.org and its staff.

 

Shelter and Rescue Group Staff Participation

Staff and volunteers of organizations are allowed and encouraged to create accounts, recruit, submit stories, and vote for their own organizations, subject to the one vote per person per day per contest limitation. 

 

Participating organizations are absolutely welcome to communicate about the Shelter Challenge on websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and other media.  Participating organizations are expected to encourage participation based on the rules of the Shelter Challenge. Organizations that appear to officially encourage or sanction fraudulent activity in the Shelter Challenge will be contacted and their votes audited. Repeated incidents will lead to disqualification without notice. 

 

Auditing and Disqualification of Votes

GreaterGood and the Shelter Challenge reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any votes that appear to be (a) created by an automated system; or (b) fraudulent in any way.  Users who attempt malicious or fraudulent service attacks may be permanently blocked from accessing the Shelter Challenge.

Questions?
Please check our FAQ first! If the answer cannot be found there, please direct your question toAdmin@ShelterChallenge.com.

The distribution of award monies or product by GreaterGood.org to various animal rescue and welfare organizations through the Challenge should not be construed as an endorsement by GreaterGood.org of the recipient organization's practices or policies.

GreaterGood.org and The Animal Rescue Site are not responsible for any inability to vote in or participate in the Challenge due to accessibility or connectivity problems, technical or otherwise, associated with the Challenge, GreaterGood websites, The Animal Rescue Site, the Shelter Challenge website, the voter's choice of browser or Internet provider, or other.

The final determination of the winners in the Challenge is in the sole discretion of GreaterGood, the Shelter Challenge, and GreaterGood.org.  GreaterGood and Shelter Challenge reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to remove, deactivate, or suspend any organization in the voting database.

 

GreaterGood.org reserves the right to determine the final eligibility of each organization to receive funding and to audit, recount, and discount votes. 

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