Fountains of Hope Privacy Policy

Fountains of Hope International, Inc. (Fountains of Hope) places a high priority on protecting your privacy. This Privacy (“Policy”) was created in order to demonstrate the Fountains of Hope's firm commitment to the privacy of our members and website users. This Policy covers Fountains of Hope’s treatment of personal information or personally identifiable information that may be collected or submitted when you or the web-user are using the Fountains of Hope’s website or services.

Please understand that whenever you voluntarily disclose Personal Information online this information cannot be made one-hundred percent secure and, in some cases, that information can be intercepted, collected and used by others.  However, we work hard to protect your information at all times, and protect your information in several ways.  Your information is stored on a secure server that Fountains of Hope and its authorized personnel can only access through a password.  Additionally, we encrypt your information to prevent third parties without authorization from intercepting your information when it is in transit to us.

What Personally Identifiable Information is Collected

Fountains of Hope members who register for www.fountainsofhope.org and individuals who sign up to receive Fountains of Hope e-communications voluntarily provide us with contact information (such as name and e-mail address).  Personal Information may also be collected, or your IP address logged, when you visit Fountains of Hope’s website.  Your IP information allows us to understand how you use our site and enables us to make changes to our site to improve your experience.  Information regarding your computer, your connection to our website (such as your browser type, operating systems, and platform) and your user history (including, but not limited to your session information, page errors and the length of your visit to specific pages within our website may also be collected.

We may use this information for specific, limited purposes. You may always "opt out," either now or at any time in the future, if you do not wish to receive our messages.

IP addresses

Fountains of Hope uses your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer www.fountainsofhope.org, and for statistical metrics used to track website visitor traffic.

Cookies

www.fountainsofhope.org uses "cookie" messages to remember certain user information that automatically helps us provide better services. Cookies are electronic identifiers that are transferred automatically to your computer through your browser which allow our computers to save certain information you provide us and store information about you so we can recognize you when you visit our website in the future. The "cookie" is placed in 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.fountainsofhope.org, so we know which our pages are most popular. You may, at any time, disable or refuse to accept cookies by changing the preferences or setting on your web browsers.  If you choose to disable cookies, you will still be able to use our website.  However, you will not be able to fully take advantage of certain automation and other functionality features available.

How Your Information May Be Used

We use your personal information to provide you with personalized service; to send e-mail alerts to you; to answer your requests; to process your membership application, carrying out a registration made by you; customizing the advertising and content you see; improving the content and overall look and feel of our website and services, contacting you, conducting research, providing anonymous reporting for internal and external clients, contacting users regarding changes to our website or business, and customizing the content that you see on the Fountains of Hope’s website.   

This lets us see which of our features are the most popular so we can better serve our users' needs. It also lets us provide aggregate data about our traffic (not identifying you personally, but showing how many visitors used which features, for example) to outside parties.  You may choose to opt out at any time, which will cease all communications from us.

How Your Personal Information is Disclosed

It is Fountains of Hope’s policy not to disclose, sell or rent your Personal Information to any individual, business, government entity or outside parties except: (i) to provide products or services you’ve requested through us: (ii) in response to a validly-issued subpoena, court order, or other legal process; (iii) when necessary to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal action; or (iv) when you request Fountains of Hope to do so.

Email Privacy

From time to time, Fountains of Hope may use return email addresses to answer the email we received from you.  Such addresses are not used for any other purpose.  Fountains of Hope does not provide, sell, or rent email addresses to anyone outside the organization.

External Links

www.fountainsofhope.org includes links to external websites. These links do not fall under the www.fountainsofhope.org domain, and Fountains of Hope is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of external websites. Your use of any linked website is solely at your own risk.

Children’s Privacy

Protecting the privacy of children is especially important to us.  For that reason, we do not collect information provided by users under the age of 13, nor do we solicit information from users under the age of 13.

Modifications

We may amend this privacy policy from time to time; please review it periodically. We maintain the option to modify this privacy 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.

Correcting Your Personally Identifiable Information

You are responsible for ensuring that all Personal information you provide on the website is maintained and kept current.

Scope of this Policy: Third Party Website

Although this policy applies to all information obtained by you for the purpose of accessing or using content controlled and owned by Fountains of Hope, it does not apply to businesses or entities that are not owned or controlled by us.

Opt-In Policy

You may “opt in” to receive newsletters, promotional offers and other useful information from us.  To unsubscribe from our mailings (except important system or content update information), you may go to the bottom of the mailer and click “unsubscribe”.

Contact

You may contact Fountains of Hope directly by e-mailing Bill@FountainsOfHope.org should you have any question regarding this policy.