As a nonprofit organization, the American Floral Endowment (AFE) places a high priority on protecting your privacy. This privacy policy was created in order to demonstrate AFE’s commitment to the privacy of our donors and other website visitors. This policy explains what types of information is collected by AFE’s website, www.endowment.org, and how this information is used.

By using our site or any of the services we provide, you agree to the privacy practices described in this privacy policy.

 

What Personally Identifiable Information is Collected

AFE donors, and other website visitors who sign up for AFE’s newsletter, voluntarily provide us with contact information (such as name and email address) and when you register to use any of our services – scholarship, research, internships and grant applications – or make an online contribution. We use this information internally for providing personalized service.

We may also collect certain information automatically, such as the specific pages you visit and actions you take while visiting the site or using services, the date and time of access, the IP address from which you are connecting to the internet, and the browser software and operating system you are using. Our site and services may also contain web beacons and may store small text files (“cookies”) on your device. We also use various analytics tools to collect and process data, including Google Analytics, which has its own privacy policy and opt-out features described at www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.

How Your Information May Be Used

We use collected information to operate and improve the site and our services, to develop new programs, to understand and analyze aggregate metrics such as the number of visitors or page views, to provide information and services to you or otherwise communicate with you, to solicit charitable donations, and in any other manner described to you when the information is collected, or to which you give your consent.

How We Disclose Information

We may disclose aggregate and non-personal information (such as the number of visitors to our site) for any purpose. We may disclose your personal information (i) as we reasonably believe is required by law or judicial process, or to otherwise cooperate with law enforcement or other government agencies, (ii) to protect the safety, rights, or property of ourselves or others, (iii) to protect ourselves or others from legal liability or from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful activity, (iv) to investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, and (v) to protect the security of the site and the services. We may also disclose personal information in any manner to which you consent, or to any acquirer of the endowment’s assets, such as occurs in a merger, sale of assets, or bankruptcy.

Electronic Newsletter

We send an electronic newsletter, AFE Bulletin, quarterly to our donors. The newsletters are sent to your preferred address. You may choose to opt out at any time, which will cease communications from us.

Credit Card Account Information

AFE utilizes secure transaction methods (SSL) when collecting credit card information over the Internet. AFE does not disclose to third parties credit card account information provided by its donors.

Internet Protocol (IP) addresses

AFE uses your Internet Protocol (IP) address for statistical metrics used to track website visitor traffic.

Cookies

Cookies are small bits of code that are sent to your computer when you logon to a website that allows us to identify you when you return to the site. The Center uses “cookie” messages to automatically help provide better services. They remind us who you are and your preferences for our website based on what you’ve done and told us before. The “cookie” is placed on your computer and is read when you come back to our website. Cookies let us take you to the information and features you’re particularly interested in. They also let us track your usage of www.endowment.org, so we know which parts of our sites are most popular. You can reject cookies or cancel them by instructing your web browser accordingly.

Data Security

Although we use safeguards designed to improve security, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot guarantee that information you provide to us will not be accessed, viewed, altered, disclosed, or destroyed by unauthorized persons.

Your Choices

You may adjust your mailing preferences or unsubscribe from our email list by clicking the appropriate links in email you receive from us. You may also decline to share information with us, or may use features provided by your device or web browser to delete cookies or block other data collection mechanisms; but in that case, we may be unable to provide some features of the site or services to you. We do not specifically respond to browser “do not track” features. If you choose to provide additional information about yourself or about third parties during your use of the site, you represent that you have the authority to provide such information to AFE.

Survey and Polls

From time to time, we may conduct surveys and/or interactive polls to see what our donors think about important issues or to better target our funding programs. Participation in the surveys and/or polls is optional. Opinions and responses are not identifiable to any particular user. We may share aggregated demographic information with partners or supporters. We never share any information about specific individuals with any third party.

No Commercial Advertisements

The American Floral Endowment is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization supported by charitable donations. We solicit and collect such charitable donations through the site, but do not advertise commercial products or services, or share your personal information with third parties for commercial marketing purposes.

Linked Sites

Our site may contain links to other websites that are not operated or controlled by AFE such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. This also includes links to other industry organizations.  Please review the privacy policies of such other websites for information about what information they collect and how they use it.

Children’s Privacy

Our site is intended for general audiences, and is not directed to children under the age of 13. If you are a parent or guardian and discover that your child under the age of 13 has entered personal information on our site without your consent, you may alert us at afe@endowment.org and we will take the appropriate steps to delete the information.

International Visitors

The site is based in the United States and designed for visitors located in the United States. If you choose to provide information from any other region of the world, please be aware that you are consenting to the transfer of such information to the United States for storage and processing.

Modifications

We may amend this privacy policy from time to time, and will make any such revised policy available on our site; please review it periodically. We maintain the option to modify this policy at any time by electronic notice posted on our website. Your continued use of our website after the date that such notices are posted will be deemed to be your agreement to the changed terms.

Please contact us at afe@endowment.org if you have any questions about this privacy policy or the ways in which we collect, use, and disclose information.