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Giving in America: Share your Photos

Giving in America: Share Your Photos

Top image: Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department raising funds to help people with muscle diseases. Bottom image: Rendering of future exhibition at the National Museum of American History. 
Top image: Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department raising funds to help people with muscle diseases. Bottom image: Rendering of future exhibition at the National Museum of American History. 
Have you volunteered at a soup kitchen? Helped clean up a local park or river? Collected toys for donation around the holidays? Many Americans give back by donating their time, talents, and resources.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is documenting your giving through photos as part of a new initiative. You may even see your photos in our 2016 exhibition Giving in America.   
1. Share 1-3 photos related to your experiences with giving back to your community. 
(Only submit what you have permission to submit. Your submission must be created by you, wholly original, or in the public domain. Obtain permission from the people in the photos to submit them to this project.) 
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Terms and Conditions 

Thank you for supporting the Philanthropy Initiative's project, My Giving Story, which is helping to create a digital record of giving in America throughout history. Your participation in this project will allow historians and the general public to gain a greater understanding of the history of giving and its place within the American experience. 

You agree that your submission is subject to the following terms and conditions: 

At the time of your submission you affirm that you are either more than 18 years of age, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in these Terms of Service, and to abide by and comply with these Terms of Service. 

The text of your submission must be created by you, wholly original; you may include photographs that are in the public domain or can be credited through the link you submit. If submitting an oral history, share these terms and conditions to the interviewee and obtain his or her agreement to them prior to submitting the interview. 

You retain ownership in your submission, but by making a submission you give the Smithsonian, and those authorized by the Smithsonian, your irrevocable perpetual permission to disseminate, modify, and use your submission, in whole or in part, in all media now known or later developed, for standard museum purposes and for this digital online project. This permission includes publication in the books, as well as communication channels (websites, social media, print and online publications, newsletters), publicity and promotions, fundraising, educational programming and publications, and exhibitions. 

Do not submit anything that is commercial, off-topic, partisan-political, contains personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, pornographic, or that infringes the rights of any third party, or violates the rules at, which are incorporated here by reference. Once you make a submission, the Smithsonian reviews it for compliance with these rules. The Smithsonian may, but is not obliged to, edit submissions for grammar, spelling, and/or insignificant profanity. The Smithsonian is under no obligation to keep, post, or use any submission. 

By making a submission, you waive any privacy expectations you may have with regard to your submission. If the Smithsonian selects your submission for inclusion in its exhibition, publications, website, social media, or other materials, the Smithsonian will make the submission, in whole or part, available to the general public. The public may use and share your submission in various ways including via social media such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and applications such as "share this," all of which operate independently of the Smithsonian (i.e., have their own policies and terms), and commentary with which you disagree may become associated with your submission. If selected for inclusion on the Philanthropy Initiative website, the Smithsonian will only identify you online by your first name. 

Your e-mail address will not be published. What personal information do you collect? To submit your image and caption, the Museum needs your first name and email address. To create an accurate historical record we need to identify our sources and our research team needs to have a way to contact you if we have questions about your image or caption, or need additional information. On the website and any other materials published, you will only be identified by your first name. Your email address will never be shared. We will never email you anything unrelated to this project, nor will we share your personal information with third parties or commercial vendors. You may opt to receive the Museum's monthly newsletter, but you will only receive the newsletter if you opt in. 

You are solely responsible for your submission and any consequences of submitting it. The Smithsonian shall not be responsible or liable for any breach of these terms and conditions by you, claims by a third party that your submission violates the third party's rights, or claims by you that a third party is misusing your submission. 

This project is in beta and will continue to evolve. Any changes to these terms and conditions will be posted on the project website. If you have questions about any aspect of these terms and conditions, you may contact Museum for clarification. 

Photo credit for top photoimagegraph: Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department and the Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics – IAFF Local 2068. 
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