What Are Cookies and Why Are They Used?
Cookies are small text files that are provided by most websites and are sent to or accessed from your web browser or your device’s memory. They are stored by your web browser on the computer, phone, or other device that you are using. Cookies may contain information about your device such as user settings, browsing history, and activities conducted while using our Site, and cookies serve many purposes. They can help the Site remember your preferences, learn which areas of the site are useful and which areas need improvement, and provide you with targeted advertisements or personalized content. Sometimes, cookies are enabled when pixels – also referred to as web beacons, clear gifs, or pixel tags – are placed on the Site. They enable the Site to read and place cookies and recognize when someone has opened an email we have sent them.
Other Related Technology
We may also refer to other related technology such as tracking URLs or software development kits (SDKs) as cookies. Tracking URLs are custom generated links that help us understand where the traffic to our Site comes from. SDKs are small pieces of code included in apps, which function like cookies and web beacons.
What Kinds of Cookies Are There and What Do Those Cookies Do?
First-party cookies and third-party cookies: A first-party cookie is one that you receive directly from us when visiting our Site. A third-party cookie is one that you have received from another party. We do not control what third parties do on other sites. However, we may work with certain third-party providers including but not limited to WordPress, Google, YouTube, and other social media parties to permit their cookies to function through our Site so we can learn more about your web experience on our Site and better personalize our services for you.
Persistent and session cookies: A persistent cookie is a cookie that is stored by the web browser on your device until it expires or you delete it; it is not automatically deleted when you close your browser. The expiration of a persistent cookie is determined by the cookie creator of the cookie creator; while the cookie exists, its information will be transmitted to the creator’s server every time the user visits the website that it belongs to or another website configured to check for it. Persistent cookies are also called “tracking cookies” and can be used for analytical purposes. Session cookies only last until you close your browser; they are created temporarily on your device for use by the Site while you are visiting it, to store information you may enter and track your activity while on the Site. We use session cookies for various reasons such as to learn more about your use of the Site and to help you use it more efficiently during each visit.
Any of the following cookies can be first-party or third-party cookies, and persistent or session cookies:
- Essential Site Cookies: These are cookies required to use the Site; they do things like adjust the Site data transmitted to match your Internet connection, allow you to access secure versions of the Site, and help fulfill your specific requests. These cookies do not store personal information. If these cookies are blocked, the Site may not work completely.
- Performance Cookies: These cookies count visits and traffic sources to allow us to understand how our Site is being used, and measure and improve Site performance, such as identifying the most popular pages on the site and providing us with information about how Site visitors navigate within the Site. These cookies do not store personal information.
- Social Media Cookies: These third-party cookies are used to allow you to share pages and content from our Site through social media and other third-party sites via social media plug-ins. We may also embed cookie-enabled YouTube videos on our Site. Your options with respect to social media cookies are determined by the social media platforms on which you have an account. To learn more about social media cookies, we suggest you refer to your social media platform’s cookie notice and privacy notice.
How to Manage Cookies:
Options to accept or delete cookies are browser-specific. Usually, you can manage cookies in the “options”, “tools,” or “preferences” menu of the browser you use, or you can visit the browser’s help menu as follows.
In addition, online tools such as www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org provide ways to delete all cookies; deleting all cookies will usually anonymize information associated with a pixel and the Site will not receive any additional information associated with that pixel.
If you have any further questions, please contact us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Personal Information” generally means any information that identifies you as an individual, and any other information associated with it based on the categories of information we collect from various sources such as:
- Profile information and other voluntarily-provided content, which could include: user name and password; contact information; demographic information; and date of birth.
- Content you submit on the Site such as comments, videos, and photos. If you use the Site via a social media site, we may collect your social media identifier.
- Payment information required to process any transaction.
Our Site is intended for general audiences, and is not directed to children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If we become aware that a child under the age of 13 has provided us with personal information, we will take steps to remove such information.
Use of Personal Information
We may lawfully use Personal Information as follows: to respond to your inquiries and requests; to communicate with you about and to process payment transactions, campaigns, programs, and contests; to inform you about brands, products, promotions, events, or other promotional purposes; to send you advertising/promotional material; to improve or personalize your experience with the Site; to allow you to participate in polls, promotions, and contests; to permit you to participate in social media sharing; to comply with applicable laws and legal processes such as a court order, subpoena or search warrant, government / law enforcement investigation or other legal requirements; to respond to public and governmental authority requests; to detect, prevent, or investigate potential security incidents or fraud; to facilitate Site functionality; and to enforce terms and conditions and protect privacy, safety, property, or security rights.
We may seek your consent to use your personal information. You may withdraw your consent at any time by notifying us.
Disclosure of Personal Information
As legally permitted, all of your Personal Information may be disclosed to the following: third-party service providers who provide services such as website hosting, data analysis, payment processing, order fulfillment, infrastructure provision, IT services, customer service, email delivery services, credit card processing, auditing services and other services; in connection with legal obligations; and if the Foundation is involved, whether in whole or in part, in a merger, sale, acquisition, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, bankruptcy, or other change of ownership or control.
As legally permitted, your name, contact information, and other information you make public may be disclosed to the following: third-party strategic and promotional partners including third parties in connection with certain promotions.
As legally permitted, passively-collected information from your use of the Site may be disclosed to the following: our online and email advertisers or other third-party vendors we use who may provide cookies, pixel tags, web beacons, clear GIFs or other similar technologies for use on our Site or other websites to manage and improve our online and email advertising campaigns.
Third Party Sites and Integrations
The Site may integrate third party video streaming services offered by certain partners. The Foundation does not control the content or privacy practices of those third party services and their functionality may be subject to those parties’ privacy statements. For your convenience only, the Site may link to third party websites, mobile applications, and other online services or platforms. The Foundation does not control such third parties and is not responsible for the content, availability, or security of third parties.
The Foundation has implemented, and will maintain current, reasonable physical, technical, and organizational security measures to protect your personal information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we have security measures in place to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Site; any transmission is at your own risk.
Your Rights and The Donor Bill of Rights
In certain circumstances, you may exercise the rights available to you under applicable data protection laws as follows:
If you wish to access, correct, update, or request deletion of your personal information.
You can object to processing of your personal information, ask us to restrict processing of your personal information, or request portability of your personal information.
If we have collected and processed your personal information with your consent, then you can withdraw your consent at any time. This may mean your access to certain services is restricted or denied as a result. Withdrawing your consent will not affect the lawfulness of any processing we conducted prior to your withdrawal, nor will it affect processing of your personal information conducted in reliance on lawful processing grounds other than consent.
You have the right to complain to a data protection authority about our collection and use of your personal information. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority.
Donor Bill of Rights
DEVELOPED BY American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC) Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
- To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
- To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
- To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
- To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
- To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.
- To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.
Your Personal Information will be stored in accordance with applicable laws and kept for as long as needed to carry out the purposes described in this Policy or as otherwise required by applicable law or as permitted for auditing or compliance purposes.
The Foundation may amend this Policy from time to time. We will post any changes we may make on this page. When amendments are made, we will update the “last updated” date at the top of this Policy. You should visit this Policy each time you visit the Site to review the current terms which you must abide by.