Privacy Policy

 

Your privacy is of the utmost important to us. GivingPoint aspires to be the best online resource where teens can interact safely with their friends and peers who want to find and fuel their civic passion. We are creating philanthropic community leaders, one teen at a time!

 

GivingPoint is a site designed for youth 13 – 19 years old. (*In voluntary compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, GivingPoint requires users to provide a date of birth before signing up and will not accept users under the age of 13.)  We encourage parents to use the GivingPoint site and our resources with their teens so they can see the incredible benefits of youth making the world a better place! Please get your parent’s permission before using our web site.

 

To better protect our users’ privacy, and to help ensure a rewarding online experience for them, we provide this Privacy Policy summarizing GivingPoint’s online information practices and explaining the choices our users can make about the way their information is collected and used. This Privacy Policy applies only to our information practices on GivingPoint’s web site. It does not apply to any other information collected by GivingPoint through any other means.

 

We have implemented many safety and privacy controls as part of our goal to enable teens to share their giving profiles with only the people they want to see it. GivingPoint will continue to review our policies, systems and procedures to create a safe environment for teens, including identifying and removing inappropriate content from our site. GivingPoint reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to remove any content from the site.

 

Our Core Principals:

  1. If teens submit stories, artwork, comments or anything else to us, which is posted on our site, teens will only be identified on our site by first name and first initial of their last name – never a full name

  2. GivingPoint users own their own data

  3. Teens can delete their data and/or modify profile information

  4. Personally identifiable data (name, address, email, phone number) is NEVER sold to third parties

  5. GivingPoint users will be provided proactive notice on issues affecting their data

Despite GivingPoint’s safety and privacy controls, we cannot guarantee that the site is entirely free of offensive content. You can help GivingPoint by notifying us of any inappropriate content on our site by emailing us from the contact page.

 

Important Safety Tips on GivingPoint for Teens:

  • Never post your full name, address or phone number on your project or blog pages

  • Always be careful when sending a “friend” request to someone

  • Always be careful when accepting requests from people you do not know

  • Never share your password with anyone

  • Be very cautious about posting and sharing personal information, especially information that could be used to identify you or locate you off-line

  • Report users and content that violate our Terms and Conditions

  • Always ask your parents for permission before sending information about yourself to anyone over the Internet

  • Never, never, never meet someone in person that you meet online without your parents

  • Ask for your parent’s permission before agreeing to volunteer for a project that has been posted on PROJECTS section of GivingPoint

  • If your parents agree and you decide to volunteer for a project, always go with a friend or family member

  • Email GivingPoint when anyone sends you unwanted or inappropriate communications on our contact page.

 

Important Tips for Parents:

  • Talk to your children about the websites they are visiting

  • Encourage your teens to follow GivingPoint’s safety tips

  • Ask your child to send you a “friend” request on GivingPoint so that you can view their giving profiles

  • Volunteer with your child – it’s great bonding time!

  • Congratulate your teens on their award points and let them know you are proud of their giving legacy!

 

GivingPoint Users:

Like most website operators, GivingPoint collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, referring site, and the general length of time that the average user spends on our site. GivingPoint uses the resources of Google Analytics to better understand how our teens are using our site to create their giving legacies.

 

From time to time, GivingPoint may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate to certain third parties. For instance, GivingPoint may publish a report on the trends of teen volunteerism or on the trends in the usage of our site.

 

GivingPoint also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. GivingPoint does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information to anyone.

 

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

The amount and type of information that GivingPoint gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask teens, schools, nonprofits and donors who sign up for our services to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with GivingPoint (Donors to projects or GivingPoint) are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, GivingPoint collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with GivingPoint. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities on GivingPoint.

 

Aggregated Statistics

GivingPoint may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, we may monitor the most popular blog site or CAUSE quizzes.

 

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

GivingPoint discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process transactions on GivingPoint’s behalf or to provide services available at our website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others.

 

If you are a registered user of GivingPoint and have supplied your email address, we may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, give updates on grant request, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with our site. We primarily use mygivingpoint.org to communicate this type of information. We expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. GivingPoint takes measures to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

 

Cookies

What is a cookie? A cookie is information a website puts on your computer’s hard drive so that the site can remember your preferences or pages you visited on that site.

 

As you visit myGivingPoint.org, it is possible that cookies will be set on your computer. We use the information from cookies to understand browser preferences and improve our visitor experiences on the site. No personally-identifying information is ever stored in a GivingPoint cookie.

 

As you explore our site, a cookie will tell us which pages you visit and the amount of time you spent on each page.

 

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, GivingPoint may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, in GivingPoint’s sole discretion. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

 

Account Creation

Access to and use of password-protected and secure areas is restricted to users who have created an account. When you create an account with GivingPoint, you will need to choose a password to access the services. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. Keep your password in a secure place and do not allow any unauthorized persons access to your password. If you become aware of any unauthorized use of your password or other security breach, notify GivingPoint immediately.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please send us an email at from the contact page.

 

Please read the Terms and Conditions for using GivingPoint.

 

GivingPoint has partnered with Daniel Solove, Founder of Teach Privacy. TeachPrivacy provides education, training, and advice to help organizations protect privacy, minimize data security breaches, and deal with online social media issues. TeachPrivacy was founded by Daniel J. Solove, the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School and a Senior Policy Advisor at the law firm Hogan Lovells. Please visit his training videos to learn more about how you can help your children protect their privacy. To learn more about TeachPrivacy, please visit www.teachprivacy.com.

 

To view videos and curriculum created by TeachPrivacy, you must be a GivingPoint member. Please sign up to create an account.

 

* In voluntary compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, GivingPoint requires users to provide a date of birth before signing up and will not accept users under the age of 13.