The Vandegrift Family Foundation Cares About Your Privacy

Privacy Policy

This website is operated by the Vandegrift Family Foundation (VFF). This privacy policy ("Policy") explains how information is collected, used and disclosed by the VFF with respect to your use of the website which displays this Policy (the "Site") so you can make an informed decision about using the Site. This Policy also applies to information collected on other websites on our behalf by third party vendors. We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time. We will alert you that changes have been made by indicating on the Policy the date it was last updated. We encourage you to review this Policy from time to time to make sure that you understand how any personal information you provide will be used.

Information Collection and Use

We collect personal information when you voluntarily provide us with information for processing your gifts or forms or responding to inquiries, including mail, telephone or electronic contact. Personal and demographic information may also be collected if you leave comments on the Site or in connection with your participation in surveys, social media, contests, games, promotions, and other activities on the Site. As used herein, the term "personal information" means information that specifically identifies an individual (such as a name, address, telephone number or e-mail address) and information about that individual or his or her activities that is directly linked to personal information. We use personal information collected through our Site for the purposes described in this Policy or elsewhere on the Site, to respond to your requests or to monitor the overall effectiveness of the Site. We may also use information collected to make informed and targeted ad placements on other sites. We may use personal information we collect:

  • to send you newsletters and otherwise provide you with information or services you request or that we think will be of interest to you;
  • to solicit volunteers, donations and support for VFF;
  • to request feedback and to otherwise contact you about your use of the Site.

When you use the Site, some information is automatically recorded, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, your operating system, the browser type, the address of a referring web site, and your activity on our Site. If you access the Site from a mobile device, we may also collect information about the type of mobile device you use, the type of mobile Internet browsers you use, and information about the location of your device. This information may be used to analyze trends, to identify system performance or to create summary statistics. We treat this information as personal information if we combine it with or link it to any of the personal information mentioned above. Personal information does not include "aggregate" information, which is data we collect about the use of the Site or about a group or category of services or users, from which individual identities or other personal information has been removed.

We may also collect certain information through the use of "cookies" or web beacons. Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive at the request of a website. Among other things, cookies help us improve our Site and your experience. Information obtained from cookies and linked to personally identifying information is treated as personal information. Anonymous identifiers are random strings of characters that are used for the same purposes as a cookie on platforms, including certain mobile devices, where cookie technology is not available. Web beacons are small, invisible graphic images that may be used on the Site or in emails relating to the Site to collect certain information about usage and effectiveness and monitor user activity on the Site. If you wish to block, erase, or be warned of cookies, please refer to your browser manufacturer’s information to learn about these functions.

Web Analytics

You can browse our website without giving us any personal information. We use web analytic technology, including specifically Google Analytics, to help us analyze traffic to the Site in order to understand visitors’ interests and to continually update our Site to improve a user’s experience. Visit Google’s Privacy Policy to learn how Google Analytics collects and processes data. You may choose to engage Google Analytics’ currently available opt-outs for the web.

If you choose to enter a contest or giveaway, make a donation, fill out a form or subscribe to emails, you give VFF consent to monitor your browsing patterns in order to provide you with a better browsing experience for future visits and additional information on topics that you find of interest.

Collection and Use by Third Party Vendors

Third party vendors, such as Google, may use cookies or other technologies to serve ads or deliver content on other websites based on your visits to our Site and other sites on the Internet and to provide analytics services. These third parties may automatically collect information about your visits to this and other websites, your IP address, your ISP, the browser you use to visit our Site, pages viewed, time spent on pages, links clicked and conversion information. They do this using cookies, clear gifs or other technologies.

Information automatically collected by third parties may be used by third parties, among other things, to analyze and track data, to solicit donations, to deliver advertising or content on other websites based on your prior activities on this or other sites or targeted to your interests, and to better understand the usage and visitation of our Site and the other sites tracked by these third parties. To manage settings for the Google advertising cookies and to opt-out of certain features, visit their Ad Settings.

This Policy does not apply to, and we are not responsible for, cookies or clear gifs used by the third parties, and we encourage you to check the privacy policies of advertisers and/or ad services to learn about their use of cookies and other technology. If you would like to opt out of these cookies or obtain more information about this practice, visit Google Analytics opt-outs.

Online Giving

Online donations are processed through our merchant account, First Data in coordination with Information collected by systems and shared with us will not include your credit card number. Please see First Data’s privacy statement and's privacy statement for more information.  VFF is not responsible for the privacy or security procedures of the processor.  

Refund Policy

Credit card refund requests should be sent to the VFF Donations Administrator.

Legal Requests

VFF is affiliated with the Capitol City A&M Foundation (CCAMF).  However, VFF does not sell or share information with CCAMF or any other entities for commercial solicitation or political purposes.

Information Sharing with Affiliates

The Site includes links through our web access to other sites that VFF believes may be of interest.  These other sites are subject to the privacy and security procedures of the provider and VFF is not responsible for the content or privacy features of such third parties.

Links to Other Sites

VFF is a non-governmental entity which is not subject to information disclosure requirements.  However, VFF will respond to a valid legal request for information.

Legal Requests

The security of your personal information is important to us. We use the latest technologies to provide a secure environment for record retention both on- and off-line. When you enter sensitive information on our forms, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). Look for the lock icon on web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox®, Google Chrome® and Windows® Internet Explorer as a sign you are on a secure page.

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. While we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

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