What information do we collect?

We collect personally identifiable information from you when you register or login, make a donation, subscribe to our newsletter, apply for a scholarship or other grant, send a message using our contact form or post a comment on our blog.

You may browse our site without telling us who you are or submitting any personal information. However, we collect the IP addresses of all visitors to our site, as well as other related information such as page requests, browser type, operating system and average time spent on our site. We use this information to help us understand site activity and to monitor and improve our site. We may use or engage others to use cookies, clear gifs, and similar technologies to understand how users access and use our site.

Cookies. Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer through your web browser for record-keeping purposes. There are two types of cookies: session-based and persistent-based cookies. Session cookies exist only during an online session; we use session cookies to allow our systems to uniquely identify you while you are logged in to your account at the site. Persistent cookies remain on your computer after you have closed your browser or turned off your computer. We use persistent cookies to track aggregate and statistical information about user activity.

When you visit our site, we may also use third-party remarketing cookies to later display advertisements about our programs, projects and services to you when you visit other sites.

Disabling Cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in 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. Site visitors who disable their web browsers' ability to accept cookies will be able to browse the site but certain site features may not function as intended.

Clear GIFs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs). We or the third parties we engage may employ clear GIFs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs) to help us better manage content on the Site by among other things, tracking the activities of our Site visitors and compiling statistics about Site usage. Clear GIFs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on your computer's hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on web pages or within emails.

We may engage third parties, such as Google Analytics, to track and analyze non-personally identifiable site data. These third parties may use cookies and clear GIFs on our site to collect, analyze, and generate reports on site usage for us. We do not provide these third parties with any personal information that we have collected about you. Use the following link to opt out of Google's Analytic tracking: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

What do we use your personally identifiable information for?

Any personally identifiable information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

  • If you subscribe to our newsletter: to provide you with the latest developments and news about our projects and activities.
  • If you make a donation: to process your donation and provide you with a receipt for your records.
  • If you contact us: to respond to your message.
  • If you apply for a scholarship or other assistance: to process and respond to your request.

If you provide us with your name, email address, telephone number or other identifiers, we may use hashed versions of those identifiers to create a retargeting audience list to advertise our projects and services to you on other web sites you may visit. You may opt out of such use by contacting us.

We may disclose your personally identifiable information to third parties who assist us in operating our website, operating our organization and/or providing services to you as long as those parties agree to keep this information absolutely confidential.

We will not disclose your personally identifiable information to any other third party without your permission.

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures, including encryption, in order to maintain the safety of your personal information.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this privacy policy, please contact us.

Last Updated: March 29, 2018