Privacy Policy

As of May 2018

Our website is a resource for inspiration and love and we create our pages and programs to provide a joyful interaction through our education, research and charity mission. We endeavor to simplify our interactions with the user and maintain transparent and clear communication.

This Privacy Policy sets out the different areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations and requirements of the users, the website and website owners. This website is owned and operated by The Love Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 USA based charity nonprofit.

We minimize any need for personally identifiable information and take a proactive approach to user privacy along with necessary steps to protect the privacy of the website users throughout their visiting experience. This website complies to US national laws and where appropriate, GDPR requirements for user privacy.

 

Use of Cookies
This website uses basic cookies to improve the users experience while visiting the website. Additional cookies may be used under the privacy provision of other sites like Google Analytics, Google Grants AdWords, and if accessed through links on our site, possibly Vertical Response, PayPal, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Amazon, and other Social Sites,  for example. (This is not a fully inclusive list). Each external privacy policy is available on their respective sites. Please see below for additional information on cookies. In most instances, you can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. This may potentially alter your useful experience while on our website.

 

Contact & Communication
Users contacting this website do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested of their own choice. We keep any personally identifiable information private (i.e. name, email address, and/or postal address provided to us by you) and store it securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use.

We make every effort to ensure a safe and secure form to contact us through our email submission process.

Any form that requires additional information that relates to a specific program (i.e. Love Ambassador designation nomination program or Art, Essay and Poetry Invitational) asks for this information to fulfill and verify the program requirements. This information is kept confidential and with no additional uses beyond properly delivering and maintaining the program itself.

In the specific instance of nominating another for consideration as a Love Ambassador, you are representing and warranting that you have the nominee’s express consent to provide their information via our online form on their behalf and that your information and theirs is current and accurate.

In the event that information is provided through one of our forms on behalf of another, as in the Love Ambassador nomination form, we will immediately remove any identifiable information if upon recipient notification, designation acceptance and consent is declined.

Any submissions entered into our Art, Essay and Poetry Invitational require postal and contact information along with the submission(s) so that we may communicate information and/or send out  finalists and honorable mention announcements. We post annual updated Guidelines for submissions for this program and may include additional conditions and/or requirements for participation beyond this privacy policy. Please review and accept these special Guidelines before entering any submissions.

 

Email Newsletter
The Love Foundation operates an email newsletter program used to inform subscribers about programs, messages, products and services as part of our vision and mission. Users can subscribe through an online automated process should they wish to do so, while doing so at their own discretion. In rare instances, we may manually process an opt-in request through prior written agreement with the user.

We use a double opt-in email service allowing the user to provide direct consent through this process during sign-up. Each email we send also provides an instantaneous and easy unsubscribe link as part of the footer in the email.

Email campaigns published by The Love Foundation contain some basic tracking facilities within the actual email. The processing of any information is via our external email service provider and may include non-personally identifiable subscriber activity for future analysis and evaluation. Such tracked activity may include the opening of emails, forwarding of emails, clicking of links within the email content, times, dates and frequency of activity, for example. The information helps refine future email campaigns and supply the user with more relevant content based around their activity. We do not sell or pass any subscriber details to any third parties.

 

External Links
Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links, we advise users to adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website. (Including external links that are clickable via text / banner / image links to other websites.)

We cannot guarantee or verify the contents or privacy policy of any externally linked website despite our best efforts. By clicking on any external links, the user does so of their own choice and is responsible for visiting any external links mentioned and their corresponding privacy policies. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.

 

Donations and Payments
We do not internally process any credit card donations or payments and do not directly gather or receive any personal credit card information. We accept donations through a variety of well-established third party vendors to securely process and deliver your donations to our nonprofit. The only potentially identifiable information we receive is your name and address contact information provided by the payment-processing sites and only if you give consent during the checkout process. Some of this basic information may be necessary to record and comply to verify our IRS charity status and tax rules and to send thank you notices in compliance with State and Federal laws. These payment processor sites may include (yet not limited to) PayPal, Google Pay, Facebook for Nonprofits, GuideStar, Network for Good, American Express Giving, Amazon, Amazon Smiles, eBay for Charities, Great Nonprofits, along with others.

 

Social Media Platforms
Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that we may participate on, have their own specific governing terms and conditions, as well as privacy policies, held with each social media platform respectively.

We advise users of social media platforms to do so wisely and communicate / engage upon them with due care and caution regarding their own privacy and personal details. We will never ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact us through primary communication channels such as through our contact form.

In some instances, we may use social sharing buttons (e.g. via email newsletter) which help share web content directly to the social media platform in question. Before using such social sharing buttons, consider doing so at your discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.

When you visit us through a social networking site or choose to join (or "like") one of our official pages on a social networking site, the social networking site may provide us with certain basic information about you, including but not limited to your "likes". Please see the privacy policy for the applicable social networking site to learn more about how these sites share your personal information.

 

Data retention policy
We will retain your information for as long as you wish to interact with us. We will retain and use your information only as necessary to comply with our legal obligations and resolve any potential disputes.

 

Accessing your information
You have the right to ask us not to use your personal information. You also have the right to request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies rectified, and/or be removed altogether. Please note that, as permitted by law, we may charge a nominal fee for information requests and may require you to prove your identity for security reasons. Following a request, we will use reasonable efforts to supply, correct or delete personal information about you in our files.

If for any reason, you are not happy with any aspect of how we collect and use your data, we would be grateful if you would contact us first if you do have a complaint so that we can endeavor to resolve it.

 

Cookies

What Are Cookies
It is a common practice for websites to use basic cookies. In order to improve your experience, these tiny files download to your computer for operating page views and form interactions. Depending on use, they may or may not be stored after you close your browser. We will briefly describe what information they gather, how they may be used, and why sometimes it is necessary to store these cookies.

 

Disabling Cookies
You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of this site.

 

The Use of Cookies
In order to provide you with a great experience on this site, we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this site runs when you use it. In order to remember your preferences, cookies recall this information whenever you interact with a page affected by your preferences.

Cookies are small text files that can store information. There are two types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies stay on your computer until you delete them. We may use both session and persistent cookies to customize your web experience and to analyze generalized web traffic.

This site offers newsletter or email subscription services and basic cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed users. 

When you submit data through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms, cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence. When you use one of the third party links or click on a collaboration website provided on our site, you will redirect to an external website that uses their own cookie and privacy policy.

 

Third Party Cookies
In some special cases, trusted third parties may use certain cookies to interact with additional website and program features. The following section provides essential information on details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

We may interact with third party service providers, including but not limited to Google Analytics, to help us better understand how people use our website. These third party service providers will place cookies on your computer to collect information such as how you came to the website, how you navigate around the website, and how you connect with us while on the website. This information helps us better serve our visitors and improve our programs. These third party service providers may only use your non-personal information to perform limited analytic services (excepting donation payment processing described previously) and may not share your personal information with anyone else, or use it for any other purpose, except on an aggregated, non-personally identifiable basis.

 

Google Analytics
This site uses Google Analytics, which is one of the most widespread analytics solutions on the web for helping us to understand ways that we can improve the user experience. Google Analytics prepares simple, non-personally identifiable reports on how many people are using the site, where visitors have come from, and pages visited on our website. For more information on Google Analytics cookies, please visit their website.

 

YouTube
We may embed videos from video services such as from our YouTube channel. These services may set cookies on your computer when you play the videos on our site. Their privacy policy is available on their site.

 

Social Media Buttons

We use social media buttons on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work, they may set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

 


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