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Memorial Fund Contract

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Contract  Documents: This Contract consists of the following documents:

    1. This Contract
    2. CHARITYSMITH Commission and Statement of Work (Attachment A)

These documents constitute the entire agreement between the Parties and supersede all prior oral or written statements or agreements.

Precedence Among Contract Documents: In the event of a conflict between or among the terms of the Contract Documents, the terms in the Contract Document with the highest relative precedence shall prevail. The order of precedence shall be the order of documents as listed in Paragraph 1, above, with the first-listed document having the highest precedence and the last-listed document having the lowest precedence. If there are multiple Contract Amendments, the most recent amendment shall have the highest precedence and the oldest amendment shall have the lowest precedence.

CHARITYSMITH Duties: CHARITYSMITH shall provide the services for the creation and administration of the Client’s memorial fund as described in Attachment A, CHARITYSMITH Commission and Statement of Work.

Establishment of the Memorial Fund: Client is establishing a memorial fund as a division of CHARITYSMITH: National Society of Memorial Funds and agrees to abide by all CHARITYSMITH rules and regulations.

Memorial Fund Compliance: The fund must work in conjunction with CHARITYSMITH Nonprofit Foundation’s stated purpose as indicated by the commission from the State of California and the Internal Revenue Service Code under section 501(c)3. CHARITYSMITH’s commission is “the creation, administration, and distribution of memorial funds” (see Attachment A).

    1. Client agrees that moneys deposited to the memorial fund are to be used in accordance with federal tax law specifically relating to section 501(c)3 of the tax code.
    2. Client agrees that s/he, and family members, will not receive benefits from CHARITYSMITH or from the above stated memorial fund.
    3. Client agrees that moneys donated to the above stated memorial fund are to be used in strict accordance with the CHARITYSMITH mission as stated by the IRS and must be used exclusively in furtherance of charitable purposes. As such, all donations to the memorial fund must be dedicated to the purpose of commemorating the deceased by supporting charitable causes, students, artists, or athletes with the financial means to achieve their stated goals.
    4. All memorial fund scholarships, grants, and other awards are subject to approval by CHARITYSMITH’s scholarship approval committee and/or Executive Director.
    5. Client agrees to receive and document all cash donations with a credible witness, above the age of 18 years of age, who will sign the appropriate Documentation of Cash Donation Form as available at
    6. Client agrees to maintain updated contact information with CHARITYSMITH and will advise CHARITYSMITH of altered contact information within 7 days of any change in email address, telephone number, and/or mailing address for a minimum of one fund administrator.

Investment Requirement: CHARITYSMITH, in accordance with best practices for nonprofit fiduciary management, has established a long term investment account on the UST fiduciary trust platform to invest funds in a responsible manner instead of only receiving interest from the cash accounts.  This account has a moderate risk allocation as determined by the BAML CIO and the fiduciary investment decisions are outsourced to UST. CHARITYSMITH uses Future Plan, a third-party administrator, to manage the reporting on these funds.  Client agrees to participate in the rules based donor allocation policy outlined below: 

      1. Memorial Funds with a balance less than ten thousand USD are allocated 100% in cash equivalents in the Cash Account.
      2. Memorial Funds with a balance between $10k – $50k are allocated 75% in cash equivalents in the Cash Account Account and 25% into the UST Moderate Investment allocation.
      3. Memorial Funds with a balance $50k+ are allocated 50% in cash equivalents in the Cash Account and 50% into the UST Moderate Investment allocation.
      4. CHARITYSMITH provides a minimum of two opportunites from Clients to transfer funds from the Investment platform to the cash account. Other transfers will be accomodated at the discretion of the executivtive director. 

    Memorial Fund Administration:

      1. Client agrees to submit website edit requests by email directed to:
      2. Client agrees to provide CHARITYSMITH with the initial pictures and text for the webpage within 30 days of the creation of the Fund. After the initial website setup, then Client is entitled to one hour of website edits per month as part of the annual fee. Client further understands that additional website edits will be charged at a rate of $80 USD per hour.
      3. Client agrees to request the distribution of memorial fund Award Checks by completing the online form available at This form should be submitted following the instructions on the top of the form for approval and processing. Pending approval of the scholarship or grant, the check will be issued within 14 business days.
      4. Client agrees to release CHARITYSMITH of liability for donations that are not received due to mail failure, failure of online donation systems, bank error, or other failures beyond CHARITYSMITH’s control whether foreseen or unforeseen.
      5. Client agrees that CHARITYSMITH is responsible for donations from the time of deposit as defined by deposit of mailed check, processing of credit card donation, or deposit of donation via online contribution.
      6. Client agrees to provide a detailed description of the memorial fund’s purpose and any scholarship or grant guidelines.
      7. Client understands that the memorial fund is protected from obsolescence. If, in the sole judgment of the Board of Directors, the purposes for which the fund was created ever become unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment, or inconsistent with the charitable purposes of CHARITYSMITH, then the Board of Directors shall modify any restriction or condition on the use or distribution of the fund monies.
      8. Client agrees to purchase event specific insurance for fundraising events produced by the Client in the event of any loss or claim with respect to the Client’s operations and activities. Client will provide a Certificate of Insurance providing CHARITYSMITH with additional insured status which shall be shown as:

    CHARITYSMITH | 13100 Filly Lane| Truckee, CA 96161

    Certificate shall state: “This insurance shall act as primary insurance to that of the additional insured as respects operations of the named insured.” Minimum coverage limits include $1,000,000 General Aggregate Limit/$500,000 Each Occurrence Limit.

    Client Fees: The Client shall pay CHARITYSMITH in the manner and in the amounts specified in the Contract Documents. CHARITYSMITH reserves the discretionary right to adjust any and all Fee amounts stated in this Contract based on its operating costs.

      1. Client agrees to pay a fund establishment fee of $950 USD at the time of fund establishment. This fee is in exchange for services provided as documented in Attachment A.
      2. Client agrees that the fund establishment fee of $950 is nonrefundable.
      3. Client agrees that the fund establishment fee of $950 will be paid at the time the memorial fund is created.
      4. The Client will pay CHARITYSMITH an annual administrative fee of $725.00 USD for a continuation of services. This fee is due annually and will be charged in the month the memorial fund was established. The first administrative fee will be due 12 months after the start date of the fund. Failure to pay any fees within 30 days of the due date will result in termination of this contract and all related services.
      5. If the memorial fund receives more than $14,000 worth of donations in the 12-month period after the fund is established or renewed, the Client agrees a donation processing fee of 4.3% will be assessed on all donations in excess of $14,000.00 USD. For single donation checks of $10,000 or above, the processing fee is 2.3%. The applicable fee(s) will be deducted one time at the end of each month. The balance will reset with each annual renewal and no fees will be charged until the fund once again receives an excess of
      6. $14,000.00 USD in 12 months, with the starting date being the month in which the annual administrative fee is paid.
      7. Failure to pay any fees may also result in a $50.00 late fee at CHARITYSMITH’s sole discretion. CHARITYSMITH reserves the right to do so without possible penalty and without waiving any additional rights or legal remedies it may have to pursue payment due. These payment terms expressly survive termination of this contract.

    Voluntary Termination of Contract: This contract is entered into voluntarily by both parties, CHARITYSMITH and Client, and may be terminated at anytime by written, signed notification by either party. Upon termination of the contract, the remaining funds may be distributed by the Fund Administrator to an award recipient following the standard procedure. As an alternative, the funds may be transferred to a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation with goals and objectives consistent with those described for the stated fund.

      1. If Client terminates this agreement without cause, Client shall not be entitled to reimbursement for any fees already paid; and CHARITYSMITH shall be entitled to offset any monies due to it from Client against the fund balance.

    Termination of Contract by Failure of Communication and/or Account Renewal Default: In the event that a fund is not renewed within 60 days of the renewal date, and/or CHARITYSMITH is unable to make contact with the Fund Administrator, then termination of this contract will occur automatically. If the Fund Administrators have not made contact with CHARITYSMITH to arrange other options, the account will be considered in Default and remaining funds will be transferred as the Board of Directors deems appropriate based on the fund’s stated purpose.

    Attorney Fees and Costs: If either party brings an action for any dispute, relief or collection against the other party, declaratory or otherwise, arising out of the arrangement described herein, the losing party shall pay to the prevailing party a reasonable sum for attorney fees and costs actually incurred in bringing such action, all of which shall be deemed to have accrued upon the commencement of such action and shall be paid whether or not such action is prosecuted to judgment. For the purpose of this Section 10, attorney fees shall include without limitation fees incurred in connection with arbitration (including arbitrator(s) fees), discovery, post judgment motions, contempt proceedings, garnishment and levy.

    Limitation on Liability: Except in case of willful misconduct, or gross negligence, the Parties’ liability to each other for damages or other amounts arising out of or in connection with CHARITYSMITH’s website, the services or other material or information provided by CHARITYSMITH hereunder, or any other aspect of this agreement, shall not exceed the total amount of payments made or due by Client to CHARITYSMITH during the one (1) year period prior to the claim or demand. Except in case of willful misconduct or gross negligence, in no event shall the Parties be liable for any incidental, indirect, consequential, exemplary, punitive or special damages, or any damages for lost profits, lost data or lost business, even if the Parties have been advised as to the possibility of such damages. CLIENT RELEASES AND AGREES TO HOLD CHARITYSMITH HARMLESS FROM AND AGAINST ANY CLAIMS, DEMANDS OR LIABILITY that may arise in connection with or as a result of use or misuse, whether or not authorized by Client, of Client’s website or CHARITYSMITH’s services.


      1. The complete or partial invalidity or unenforceability of any provision herein shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of such provision for any other purpose or the remaining provisions in this agreement.
      2. This agreement shall be binding on the parties, their respective successors and permitted assigns, heirs and/or legal representatives.
      3. The waiver by any party of a breach or default by the other party of any provision of this agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any succeeding breach or default by the other party, nor shall either party’s delay or omission to exercise or avail itself of any right or remedy hereunder or by law operate as a waiver of any such right or remedy.
      4. This agreement is governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the terms of the State of California without regard to any rules governing conflicts of laws. The parties agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the County of Nevada, State of California courts for all purposes relating to the terms and conditions herein.
      5. Intellectual Property: Client acknowledges that intellectual property rights subsisting in the CHARITYSMITH services (including CHARITYSMITH’s website content) and services are owned by CHARITYSMITH or third parties. Member agrees that it acquires use, not ownership rights, in the intellectual property and Member is responsible for complying with all applicable intellectual property laws.

    Client’s Website Content Client shall be solely responsible for its own content submitted for inclusion on and the consequences of submitting and publishing its Content (defined as: any materials or information that Client submits for inclusion or on the CHARITYSMITH). Client affirms, represents, and warrants that it owns or has the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to publish any Content submitted to CHARITYSMITH, and Client grants a license to CHARITYSMITH for all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights in and to such Content for publication on pursuant to this Contract.  For clarity, Client retains all of its ownership rights in its own Content. However, by submitting the Content Client hereby grants CHARITYSMITH a worldwide, non- exclusive, content royalty-free license to use, reproduce, distribute, and display the Content in connection with CHARITYSMITH’s website, marketing purposes and services.

    Client’s Contact Information: Client represents and warrants to CHARITYSMITH that all the information provided by it to CHARITYSMITH to register as a Client and participate in CHARITYSMITH’s services is correct and current. Client agrees to provide CHARITYSMITH with current, accurate and complete contact and billing information when registering for services, and to promptly notify CHARITYSMITH in writing of any changes to that information.

    Contract Signers: All notices permitted or required to be given by one Party to the other and all questions about the contract from one Party to the other shall be addressed and delivered to the other Party’s Contract Signer. The name, post office address, street address, telephone number, fax number, and email address of the Parties’ respective initial Contract Signer are set out below. Either Party may change the name, post office address, street address, telephone number, fax number, or email address of its Contract Signor by giving timely written notice to the other Party.

    Memorial Fund Contract

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