What is The Crowd Versus?
The Crowd Versus is a crowdfunding platform for legal action against multinationals – and if necessary governments – that make their profits at the expense of people and nature. By collectively raising money for targeted legal action, we can withstand their disproportional power. We, together with you, are there to help NGOs/nonprofits fund their lawsuits and other legal actions against conglomerates. These actions are pursued on behalf of a community or ecosystem.

Is The Crowd Versus a profit or a nonprofit organization?
The Crowd Versus, f/k/a Grrrowd, was founded on March 10 of 2014 as a non-profit foundation under Dutch law. The Dutch Tax Administration has designated The Crowd Versus to be an “Public Benefit Organisation” (Dutch: Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling, ANBI). Public Benefit Organizations (PBOs) are offered a number of tax advantages:

  • A PBO does not pay Dutch inheritance tax or gift tax on inheritances or gifts that the institution allocates to the general good.
  • A PBO does not pay Dutch gift tax on gifts that the institution makes for the general good.
  • Natural and legal persons making donations to a PBO may deduct their gifts from their Dutch income tax or corporate income tax.

In compliance with the Dutch ANBI regulations, all members of the Executive Board and the Advisory board receive no income other than for expenses. The operational leaders are paid a very modest managementfee within the lower ranges of the Dutch renumeration norms for the public sector.

Which cost will be deducted from my donation?
The Crowd Versus is a nonprofit organization and will use your money to support the case. We can’t change the fact though, that around 3,5% of your donation is taken by your payment provider. 6,5% is for maintaining this platform supporting your case. Still 90% of your donation will be used to directly fund the costs ‘inside’ court (for instance court fees, research and lawyers) and to the part of the lawsuit that happens ‘outside’ the courtrooms, including (social) media, influencing public opinion and lawmakers.

For funding your case with The Crowd Versus you only pay what’s necessary. And with necessary we mean:

  • Payment costs:
    The payment costs of every transaction are on average 3,5%.
  • The Crowd Versus costs
    There’s a 6,5% fee for covering the costs of The Crowd Versus. This money will be mainly used to create rumour around the case. It also covers the costs of maintaining this platform.
  • Affiliate fee
    For donations received as a result of the efforts of your NGO/nonprofit, for instance by activating and mobilising your supporters, there’s a 10% payment built-in for the NGO itself.
    For donations received as a result of the efforts of The Crowd Versus, that extra 10% fee will be used for the same purposes as you would: support the campaign, give the case a face and cover the costs.
    Tracking donations is easy since NGOs/nonprofits receive an affiliate code for every case they start.

Well within internationally accepted fundraising standards at least 80% of your donation will effectively go to the fundraising nonprofit, after deduction of:

  • 6.5% project fee to The Crowd Versus which also covers for the processing fees of the payment providers
  • 10% marketing fee for all donations originating from coded hyperlinks which The Crowd Versus provides to  sympathizing organizations that promote the project. The fundraising nonprofit will keep this 10% marketing fee, if the donation originates from the coded hyperlink which The Crowd Versus has provided to them. If the donation is not originating from a coded hyperlink, then The Crowd Versus will get this 10% marketing fee to cover the general marketing cost.

Why do I need to provide these data when I make a payment at The Crowd Versus?
For online payments it is required by EU law (the Know Your Customer regulations to prevent fraud, cybercrime and terrorist funding) that The Crowd Versus registers your first name, your last name, your email address, your country of residence, your nationality and your date of birth. We use your data in compliance with EU laws on privacy, please read our privacy policy.

Who can start a The Crowd Versus project?
If your NGO/nonprofit wants a case to be crowdfunded through The Crowd Versus, it needs to prove its financial credibility by a track record of cost-effective spending on successful projects and represent a professional and transparent financial organization. A detailed cost specification of the fundraising target budget should also be included.

The legal action itself needs to meet the following criteria:

  • If successful, creates a major positive impact on social, environmental or economic justice on a local, regional and global level for current or future generations
  • Feasible
  • Embedded in a lifecycle
  • Knowledgeable counsel is retained for this legal action
  • Aimed at measurable and time-bound results
  • Part of a grass roots movement starting with an individual or small group of individuals – either victims or activists – standing up against a powerful party that is clearly involved in an unjust practice.

Only when your case meets these criteria, can we guarantee the crowd that all donations will be used for their intended purpose.

If you have any other questions, please just send us an email at  support@thecrowdversus.org.