Official Sweepstakes Rules and Terms: Big Back to Cool Sweepstakes 2014



1. Eligibility: Sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes") is open to those who entered the VolunteerSpot Back to Cool 2014 Tech Smart Sweepstakes, Back to Cool 2014 After School Cool Sweepstakes, Back to Cool 2014 Love Your Teacher Sweepstakes, and Back to Cool 2014 Healthy Kids Sweepstakes (collectively the “Back to Cool Topic Sweepstakes”*),  who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. The Sweepstakes is open to the legal residents of the United States and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of VolunteerSpot (the "Sponsor") their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, campaign partners, advertising and promotion agencies, suppliers and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, you agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and you represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein. In addition, you agree to accept the decisions of VolunteerSpot, as final and binding as it relates to the content. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.

3. Sweepstakes Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on or about August 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM and ending September 22, 2014 at 11:59PM. All online entries must be received by September 22, 2014 at 11:59PM. All times are (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).

4. How to Enter: During the Sweepstakes Period, qualified entrants to the Back to Cool Topic Sweepstakes will each receive a single entry into the Sweepstakes for each prior Back to Cool Topic Sweepstakes entry – for a maximum of four entries per individual. All entries must fulfill all Sweepstakes requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are not complete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of VolunteerSpot. You may enter each above named Sweepstakes only once and you must fill out or provide all the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple e-mail addresses, identities, devices, or alternate means of entry in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of VolunteerSpot.

5. Alternate Means of Entry: During the Sweepstakes Period you may alternatively submit an entry to the Sweepstakes by mailing a standard-size postcard with your name, email, address, school name, school city, school state and school zip code to: “VolunteerSpot Big BTC Sweepstakes”, P.O. Box 161622, Austin, TX 78716. Postcard entries must be postmarked during the Sweepstakes Period and arrive on or before September 24, 2014 to be included within the random drawing, and no more than one postcard/email address may be submitted during the Sweepstakes Period.

6: Prizes: The approximate retail value of all prizes is $4,825. The prizes are:

a)    one (1) iPad Mini, $325 Apple Store Gift Card –  one (1) winner chosen among all eligible entries;
b)    one (1) $1,500 School Experience Grants  – three (3) winners chosen among all eligible entries;

For the specific prizes designated b above, the winner will be required to designate an accredited a Pre-K through 12th grade United States school or it’s official School-Parent group (PTA, PTO, PTSA.) to be the prize recipient.  These prizes will be delivered to the institution once eligibility is verified.

You are not guaranteed to win a prize and your chance of winning is dependent on the total number of eligible entries received. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by the Sponsor. No cash or other prize substitution permitted except at Sponsor's discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and local taxes shall be the sole responsibility of the winner.  No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by winners is permitted. Acceptance of prize requires winners to submit a photo or video of their use of the prize or what they purchased with the gift card to be sent to winner@SignUp.com and constitutes permission for VolunteerSpot to use winner's name, likeness, submitted photo or video and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

7. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. 

8. Winner selection and notification: Winners of the Sweepstakes will be chosen at random by assigning numbers to each entry and choosing random numbers through random.org under the supervision of the Sponsor. Winners will be notified via e-mail to the e-mail address they entered the Sweepstakes with within fifteen (15) days following the winner selection. VolunteerSpot shall have no liability for a winner's failure to receive notices due to winners' spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for winners' provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If the selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within five (5) days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to return a completed and executed declaration and releases as required within three (3) days, prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected. Shipping and/or code redemption information for all prizes will occur within two weeks from the day the winner submits required declaration and releases and will be carried out by VolunteerSpot or Contest Partners; redemption instructions will be provided by VolunteerSpot on the contest partner’s behalf. The receipt by winner of the prize offered in this Sweepstakes is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal and state laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY ANY WINNER (AT SPONSOR'S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN SUCH WINNER'S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE SWEEPSTAKES AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

9. Rights Granted by you: By entering this content you understand that VolunteerSpot, anyone acting on behalf of VolunteerSpot, or its respective licensees, successors, campaign partners and assigns will have the right, where permitted by law, without any further notice, review or consent to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter in perpetuity and throughout the World, your entry, including, without limitation, the entry and winner's name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image or statements about the Sweepstakes, and biographical information as news, publicity or information and for trade, advertising, public relations and promotional purposes without any further compensation.

10. Terms: VolunteerSpot reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes should (in its sole discretion) a virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes. In such case, VolunteerSpot may select the recipients from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by VolunteerSpot. VolunteerSpot reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or website or violates these Terms & Conditions.

VolunteerSpot has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Sweepstakes, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to; multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by sweepstakes rules; or the use of bots, macros or scripts or other technical means for entering.
Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, VolunteerSpot reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

By entering the Sweepstakes you agree to receive email newsletters periodically from VolunteerSpot and Sweepstakes campaign partners and sponsors. You can opt-out of receiving this communication at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.

11. Limitation of Liability: By entering you agree to release and hold harmless VolunteerSpot and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, campaign partners, sponsors, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from (i) such entrant's participation in the sweepstakes and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof, (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer, cable, network, hardware or software; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions or telephone or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.

12. Disputes: THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF United States AND Texas, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, participant agrees that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Austin, TX having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorneys' fees, other than participant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

13. Privacy Policy:  Information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the VolunteerSpot Web Site. Read the Privacy Policy here. By entering the Sweepstakes, you agree to the use of your personal information as described in the above Privacy Policy.

14. Winners List: To obtain a copy of the winners list, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: VolunteerSpot BIG Back to School Cool Sweepstakes 2014 Sweepstakes Winners List , VolunteerSpot, Inc., P.O. Box 161622, Austin, TX 78716. Requests for winners' lists must be received within three (3) months after the end of the Sweepstakes Period. 

15. Sponsor and Campaign Partners:  The Sponsor of the Sweepstakes is VolunteerSpot, P.O. Box 16622, Austin, TX, United States.  Sweepstakes Campaign Partners are Techlicious, 500 East 77th Street New York, NY 10162; Macaroni Kid, 860 Montauk Highway, Unit 8, Water Mill, NY 11976; and Cabot Creamery, 193 Home Farm Way, Waitsfield, VT 05673.

16. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, LinkedIn or Google. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this sweepstakes and not to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, LinkedIn or Google.

* See Back to School Topic Sweepstakes Official Rules and Terms here:  

Back to Cool 2014 Tech Smart Sweepstakes
Back to Cool 2014 After School Cool Sweepstakes
Back to Cool 2014 Love Your Teacher Sweepstakes
Back to Cool 2014 Healthy Kids Sweepstakes