DOs and DON'Ts > Shops and listings > Charitable listings and shopsEtsy understands that members may wish to participate in fundraising for charitable organizations and causes. Charitable fundraising is subject to many laws, and unfortunately, there exist unsavory people who may attempt to take advantage of your good will. Therefore, for the protection of our community, Etsy has established some policies regarding charitable listings and shops that use charitable fundraising as a promotional tool. Members participate in charitable fundraising at their own risk.
- Members represent that any charitable fundraising complies with all applicable laws.
- A seller who promotes that their Etsy shop engages in charitable fundraising on behalf of a recognized tax-deductible charitable organization (for example: 501(c)(3) status or equivalent with the IRS, similar legally-recognized non-U.S. charitable organization) must receive appropriate consent from the charitable organization.
- The seller must include clear information about the organization and donation details in the listing and/or Public Profile.
- Listings created solely to solicit for donations are not permitted. All listings on Etsy must be for a tangible item available for sale.
- Members must comply with all policies, including Etsy's Community and Conversations policies. Members must not send unsolicited donation requests.
- A charitable shop involving multiple people must comply with all applicable rules concerning collective shops.
So, where do I begin? Do I start by making contact with the organizations? What do I do about taxes? Anyone with any experience in this area, please help!