Privacy and Terms of Use

Privacy Information/Terms of Use Statement 
September 22, 2008



Thank you for reviewing our Privacy Information and Terms of Use Statement. The Emergency Fund maintains this website in order to provide you with information about our work, and to enable you to interact with us on-line. We recognize that visitors to our site may be concerned about the information they provide to us, and how we treat that information. This policy addresses those concerns and describes the limitations placed on your use of the information and technology we provide at this website.

YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE CONSTITUTES YOUR AGREEMENT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS STATEMENT.

The Information We Collect
The Emergency Fund is the sole owner of and the only organization that uses the information collected on this site. We will not sell or exchange this information with others. We collect information from users in connection with online donations, annual meeting registration, contributions to special events, and for any other purposes that are clearly and explicitly identified.

On the online financial transactions pages listed above, the Emergency Fund collects the following personally identifiable information: name, address, name of organization (if applicable), e-mail address, phone number, and credit card information. The personally identifiable information you provide is used to acknowledge receipt of your donation and to include you on the mailing list.

Emergency Fund's mailing list

If you do not wish to be added to our mailing list, please let us know. Our online donation form has an "opt-out" mechanism for those users who wish to make donations, but do not want to receive any additional information or other material from the Emergency Fund.

Also, when you send a donation in honor or in memory of someone and request that an acknowledgment be sent to another individual/family, we will use the name and address of that individual/family for acknowledgment purposes and for our mailing list.

The Emergency Fund will share your personal information only in connection with certain activities: 


A. Service Providers. Emergency Fund occasionally hires third parties to provide certain administrative services - such as processing credit card transactions, preparing address labels, managing databases, and sending mailings - which requires the Emergency Fund to share personal information with these service providers. We make an effort to require all third party service-providers to hold personal information in strict confidence. 



B. Necessity. If law, a court or regulatory authority compels us, the Emergency Fund will disclose personal information. Also, if we have reason to believe that there has been some inappropriate interference with or use of the Emergency Fund website, or if we have reason to believe that one of our website users may have been injured or harmed some other party, we will disclose personal information as we deem appropriate or if asked by a legal or regulatory authority. 
Remember, you are under no obligation to disclose any personal information if you do not want to. If you are not comfortable with the Emergency Fund's uses of information, you may always decide to opt out or decide not to use those website services or features that require personal information.

Correcting Your Information
You may correct or amend the personal information maintained in the Emergency Fund's mailing lists by contacting us at 312.379.0301 or info@emergencyfund.org. To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections. Prior to being given any information, callers will be asked cross-referenced questions, i.e., full name, address, phone number, and, if applicable, credit card expiration date, in order to verify their identity and protect the privacy of the Emergency Fund's donors.

Our Commitment to Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, the Emergency Fund has put in place reasonable procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. 
We care about the safety of your credit card transaction: secure server technology is used throughout the online donation process. Our website uses XXXX’s  high-grade encryption software and the https security protocol to communicate with your browser software. As a result, it is extremely difficult for anyone to intercept the credit card information you send to us. Contributions may also be made by calling 312.379.0301.

Limitations on Your Use of the Information and Technology at the Emergency Fund Website
When you use our website, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions contained in this Statement. These terms and conditions have been developed for your protection, as well as ours. The Emergency Fund owns the materials and technology, or has the right to use the materials and technology, included on the Emergency Fund site. No one outside Emergency Fund may use any of the material or technology for any purpose, including personal financial gain or other inappropriate activity. Remember, if you choose not to accept the terms and conditions of this Statement, you are free to "click" away from our website. 
It is improper, and may be a violation of law, for you to post or download and distribute any material that you do not own or for which you do not have permission to use. Use of the Emergency Fund materials or technology for illegal, inappropriate, or obscene purposes, or in support of such activities is strictly prohibited. We define these terms as follows:

  • "Illegal activities" are those that violate laws, regulations and/or private agreements, including federal or state laws governing charitable activities, copyright laws, trademark laws, license agreements or other intellectual property rights.
  • "Inappropriate uses" are any uses other than for legitimate informational, educational or fundraising purposes.
  • "Obscene activities" are those that violate generally accepted social standards for use of this type of material or technology.

You are entirely responsible for all of your activities on the Emergency Fund website. PLEASE BE AWARE: The Emergency Fund may terminate your ability to interact at our website in the event we, in our sole discretion, determine that you have engaged in a prohibited activity. Listed below are some, but not all, prohibited activities that may result in termination:

  • Posting, transmitting, or facilitating in the promotion of illegal content through our website.
  • Use of our website to harass, threaten, embarrass, or do anything else to another visitor or third-party that is unwanted.
  • Transmitting or facilitating distribution of content that is untrue, threatening, harassing, abusive, racially or ethnically offensive, vulgar, sexually explicit, obscene, defamatory, or objectionable. 
Impersonating Emergency Fund staff.
  • Attempting through our website to get a password, other account information, or other private information about others, or harvesting e-mail addresses or other information.
  • Posting any unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, or any form of solicitation at our website.

Donations

A a 501(c)3 charity located in the United States, we can only accept United States currency (i.e. dollar) at this time.

Cancellation Policy

All transactions submitted through the website are considered final. Should you have questions about your transaction, please contact 312.379.0301.

Notification of Changes

In the event that the Emergency Fund decides to change this privacy policy, we will post a notice about those changes on our homepage so that users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. In the event of any changes, however, we will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

How to Contact Us 

Should you have any questions or concerns about these privacy policies or terms of use, please call us at 312.379.0301 or send an e-mail to info@emergencyfund.org.

Thank you for visiting our site and for your support of our mission to provide immediate financial assistance and related services to help Chicago's low-income individuals and families through a crisis.