Last Updated: April 2009
Note About Children's Privacy Issues
TSF's primary audience is adults and young adults interested in philanthropic endeavors. For that reason, when you register, TSF will ask you to confirm that you are over the age of 13.
TSF recommends that minors over the age of 13 ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.
What Information is Collected About Me?
Information TSF Collects That You Do Not Provide
TSF collects some information automatically from visitors to the Website; for example, through the use of "cookies" and other tracking mechanisms. TSF collects at least the following: your domain name and host for Internet access; the Internet address of the site from which you came; the date and time of your access; your computer's IP address and information about its operating system, browser and host; the date and time you access the Site and the pages you visit. For each visitor to the Website, TSF's servers automatically collect information about which pages are visited and the IP address or domain name (e.g., seattlefoundation.org) of visitors. We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Website. Your IP address also is used to help identify you and to gather broad demographic information.
Information TSF Collects That You Provide
It is always your choice, or the choice of anyone acting for you, whether to provide personal information. However, some information must be provided to participate in certain programs or activities (such as posting to the Giving Center), so the decision not to provide information might limit or eliminate certain functions of the Website or the ability to participate. The kinds of personal information TSF tends to request about you or others include but are not limited to your name, email address, organization name, job title, city, state/province, region, age. Other information is up to your good judgment, e.g., do not provide personal information about yourself that could misused by others in a chat room, bulletin board, blog or similar forum and do not provide personal information about others without their permission.
Information You Provide About Others
TSF's Use of Information
TSF generally does not provide any personally identifiable information to anyone regarding TSF Website users other than (a) information about particular donor advised funds that is disclosed to TSF donors as described in online donor forms that such donors have signed, (b) information that the Planned Giving Design Center ("PGDC") collects in connection with information you may provide to PGDC by registering with PGDC through the link provided on this Website, and (c) information that Website users post on the Website, including interactive sections of the site such as the Community Knowledge Center, Discussion Boards and Nonprofit Profile sections.
TSF may use anonymous information gathered from the Website, which may include information gathered about you, for various purposes. In general, TSF uses personal information it collects to pursue our mission and operations, including the management of our Website, and to engage in related activities. You should assume that TSF will use all information for all lawful purposes.
We reserve the right to use, disclose, share, sell, retain and otherwise deal with (collectively "disclose") all information collected via the Website, internally or to third parties, for any lawful purpose or to prevent harm to us or others. For example and without limitation, in our discretion we may disclose information:
- To service providers and others in order to deal with requests and questions from you; to personalize or enhance transactions; to verify, process, store, enforce, investigate and/or collect actual or potential transactions; and to assist or respond to any of the forgoing or our consultants (such as auditors and lenders);
- To government regulators, law enforcement authorities or alleged victims of identity theft, including voluntary disclosures;
- About any matter relating to the Website or your account;
- We reserve the right (but do not undertake a duty) to notify you of court orders, subpoenas or other legal process (if allowed). If you do not want us to respond to legal process compelling us to disclose your information, you need to seek a valid order permitting us to refuse to disclose it and serve the order on us at least 3 business days before the response deadline; and
TSF generally will retain information for as long as required, allowed or for as long as TSF believes it useful, but do not undertake retention obligations. TSF may dispose of information in our discretion without notice, subject to applicable law.
What Steps Are Taken to Keep Personal Information Secure?
Keeping your personal information that TSF collects secure is of utmost concern to TSF. TSF exercises great care in providing secure transmission of your information from your computer to our servers. Personal information collected by the Website is stored in secure operating environments that are not available to the public. While TSF has mechanisms in place to safeguard your personal information once we receive it, no transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.
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