Privacy Policy

Philanthropy U, Inc. (“Philanthropy U”, “we”, “us” or “our”) values your privacy.  In this Privacy Policy (“Policy”), we describe how we collect, use, and disclose information that we obtain about visitors to our website philanthropyu.org (the “Site”) and users of the services available through our Site and mobile applications (collectively, the “Services”).

By visiting the Site or using any of our Services, you agree that your personal information will be handled as described in this Policy.  Your use of our Site or Services is subject to this Policy and our Terms of Service, including its applicable limitations on damages and the resolution of disputes.  This Policy is incorporated by reference into the Philanthropy U Terms of Service.

What Information Do We Collect About You And Why?

We may collect information about you or from you, including about your organization, when you affirmatively provide it, from third parties, and automatically through your use of our Site or Services.

Information You Affirmatively Provide.

If you wish to use some of our Services, you will need to provide us with some of your personal information.  For example, to register for an educational course with Philanthropy U, Inc., you may be required to provide your name, email address, a password, and some information about your employment status and organization.  You may also provide additional information to us, such as  information about you (your demographics, your interests, your goals) or your organization (its size, location, funding, and capacity).

Information We Collect Automatically.

We may automatically collect information about your use of our Site or Services through technologies, including but not limited to cookies and web beacons. These technologies may collect information which includes but is not limited to your domain name; your browser type and operating system; web pages you view; links you click; your IP address; the length of time you visit our Site and/or use our Services; and the referring URL, or the webpage that led you to our Site.

Currently, our systems do not recognize browser “do-not-track” requests.  You may, however, disable certain tracking as discussed in this section (e.g., by disabling cookies).

Cookies.  We and our third party service providers may use cookies and other tracking mechanisms to track information about your use of our Site or Services.  Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser for record-keeping purposes.  Some cookies allow us to make it easier for you to navigate our Site and Services, while others are used to enable a faster log-in process or to allow us to track your activities at our Site and Service.  There are two types of cookies: session and persistent cookies.

  • Session Cookies. Session cookies exist only during an online session.  They disappear from your computer when you close your browser or turn off your computer.  We may use session cookies to allow our systems to uniquely identify you during a session or while you are logged into the Site.  This allows us to process your online transactions and requests and verify your identity, after you have logged in, as you move through our Site.
  • Persistent Cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your computer after you have closed your browser or turned off your computer.  We may use persistent cookies to track aggregate and statistical information about user activity, and potentially to place information about our services on our Site and on third-party sites.

Disabling Cookies.  Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in the future.  The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your computer from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether.  Visitors to our Site who disable cookies will be able to browse certain areas of the Site, but some features may not function.

Clear Gifs, Pixel Tags and Other Technologies.

Clear GIFs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies.  In contrast to cookies, which are stored on your computer’s hard drive, clear GIFs are embedded invisibly on web pages.  We may use clear GIFs (a.k.a. web beacons, web bugs or pixel tags), in connection with our Site to, among other things, track the activities of Site visitors, help us manage content, and compile statistics about Site usage.  We and our third party service providers also use clear GIFs in HTML emails to our customers, to help us track email response rates, identify when our emails are viewed, and track whether our emails are forwarded.

How Do We Use Your Information?

We use the information we collect from and about you for the following purposes:

  • To provide our Services to you, to communicate with you about your use of our Services, to respond to your inquiries, and for other customer service purposes.
  • To tailor the content and information that we may send or display to you, to offer location customization, and personalized help and instructions, and to otherwise personalize your experiences while using the Site or our Services.
  • For marketing and promotional purposes. For example, we may use your information, such as your email address, to send you news and newsletters, special offers, and promotions, or to otherwise contact you about products or information we think may interest you.  We also may use the information that we learn about you to assist us in advertising our Services on third party websites.
  • To better understand and report publicly and to third parties on how users access,use, and benefit from our Site and Services, both on an aggregated and individualized basis, in order to improve our Site and Services and respond to user desires and preferences, and for other research and analytical purposes. We may use automated devices and applications, such as Google Analytics, to help us evaluate usage of our Site and Services.  We use these tools to help us improve our Services, performance and user experiences, and understand whether our Services are delivering results for our users and their organizations.

With Whom Do We Share Your Information And Why?

We may share your information, including personal information and information about your organization, as follows:

  • Business Partners and Affiliates. We may disclose the information we collect from you to our business partners who contract with us to help further our mission, and with any affiliates or subsidiaries we may have or create, but only if they agree in writing to protect the privacy and security of the information.
  • Service Providers. We may disclose the information we collect from you to third party vendors, service providers, contractors or agents who perform functions on our behalf.
  • Business Transfers. If we are acquired by or merged with another company, if substantially all of our assets are transferred to another company, or if we under a bankruptcy proceeding involving a transfer of assets, we may transfer the information we have collected from you to the other company.
  • In Response to Legal Process. We also may disclose the information we collect from you in order to comply with the law, a judicial proceeding, court order, or other legal process, such as in response to a court order or a subpoena.
  • To Protect Us and Others. We also may disclose the information we collect from you where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person, violations of our Terms of Use or this Policy, or as evidence in litigation in which Philanthropy U is involved.
  • Aggregate and De-Identified Information. We may share aggregated information that is not identifiable to any individual, and otherwise de-identified information, third parties for marketing, advertising, research, or any other lawful purposes. We do not share personal information with third parties for their own marketing purposes.

Third-Party Links

Our Site and Services may contain links to third-party websites.  Any access to and use of such linked websites is not governed by this Policy, but instead is governed by the privacy policies of those third party websites.  We are not responsible for the information practices of such third party websites.

Data Security

We have implemented commercially reasonable precautions to protect the information we collect from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.  Please be aware that despite our best efforts, no data security measures can guarantee 100% security.

You should take steps to protect against unauthorized access to your password, phone, and computer by, among other things, signing off after using a shared computer, choosing a robust password that nobody else knows or can easily guess, and keeping your log-in and password private.  We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or compromised passwords or for any activity on your account via unauthorized password activity.

Access to Your Personal Information

You may modify personal information that you have submitted by logging into your account and updating your profile information; if you are the Administrator for your organization, you may modify organizational information that you have submitted by logging into your account and updating your organization’s dashboard.  Please note that copies of information that you have updated, modified or deleted may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of the Site for a period of time and that we will retain records of information previously provided.

What Choices Do I Have Regarding Use Of My Personal Information?

We may send periodic promotional or informational emails to you.  You may opt-out of such communications by following the opt-out instructions contained in the email.  Please note that it may take up to 10 business days for us to process opt-out requests.  If you opt-out of receiving emails about recommendations or other information we think may interest you, we may still send you emails about your account or any Services you have requested or received from us.

International Transfers of Information

By using any of the Sites, you are deemed to unambiguously consent to the collection and processing of your PII in the United States, with the awareness that the laws of the United States may not provide as much protection for PII as the laws of certain other countries or territories.

Children Under 13

Our Site and Services are not designed for children under 13.  If we discover that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we will delete such information from our systems.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the privacy aspects of our Services or would like to make a complaint, please contact us at policy@philanthropyu.org.

Changes To This Policy

This Policy is current as of the Effective Date set forth above.  We may change this Policy from time to time, so please be sure to check back periodically at http://philanthropyu.org/privacy to familiarize yourself with any amendments to the Policy. If we make any material changes to the Policy, we will post a notice that such changes have been made on the home page of the Site.