Privacy

Privacy Policy

At NYC Outward Bound Schools, we understand that privacy is important, and we are strongly committed to protecting the privacy of our donors and visitors to our website. The following information is designed to help you better understand the information we gather from our site and through our services, how we handle the information once we gather it, whether we disclose it to anyone, and the choices you have regarding our use of, and your ability to correct, the information.  This privacy policy applies when you make a donation to NYC Outward Bound Schools, either online or otherwise, as well as when your visit www.nycoutwardbound.org, or otherwise share your personally identifiable information with NYC Outward Bound Schools as discussed below.

Please note that this privacy policy applies only to the www.nycoutwardbound.org website, and not to other companies’ or organizations’ sites to which we link. You may wish to consult the privacy policies of such sites.  By visiting the NYC Outward Bound Schools website, you are accepting the practices described in this privacy policy.

Information Collection and Use

Our primary goals in collecting personal information are to provide you with a smooth, efficient and customized experience; to send you information and invitations upon your request; and to thank you for your support of the causes we support.

Aggregate Data

In general, we automatically gather certain usage information, such as the number and frequency of visitors to our site. This information might include which URL you just came from, which URL you go to next, what browser you are using, and your IP address.  We use such data only in the aggregate. This collective data helps us to determine how much our visitors use parts of the site, and to do internal research on our users’ demographics, interests, and behavior to better understand and serve you.

We may also aggregate data and disclose such information in a non-personally identifiable manner to organizations that have provided us with funding, for informational and fundraising purposes.

Personally Identifiable Information

If you volunteer to make a donation, we will request certain personally identifiable information about you, including your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and credit/debit card number.  (Please note that NYC Outward Bound Schools permits online donations to be made anonymously or without the provision of either a mailing address or e-mail address to NYC Outward Bound Schools, although our online donations service provider must collect all of the above-mentioned personally identifiable information to process the donation.)  We seek such information to facilitate your donations and communicate with you about them. In addition, we may use the information you provide to contact you and deliver information to you, (through such methods as e-mail updates), to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, to analyze website usage, to improve our content and product offerings, and to customize our website content, layout and services.  You can consult the privacy policy of our online donations service provider, Authorize.Net, at http://www.authorize.net/company/privacy/.

Unless you specify that a gift be “anonymous” or otherwise request that your name not be listed, we may list the names of all donors in annual reports, newsletters, brochures, benefit programs and online to recognize the generosity of those who have given to our cause.  We do not otherwise share our donor lists with anyone (except internal and external service providers as stated below).  In particular, we do not sell our donor lists to anyone or include them in any direct mail solicitations.   

NYC Outward Bound Schools does not accept liability for postings, by you or anyone else, of any of your or others’ personally identifiable information on any part of our website.

You may choose to apply for a position at NYC Outward Bound Schools through our jobs links, or by sending us a resume and letter (containing personally identifiable information) related to employment or internship opportunities at NYC Outward Bound Schools.  Any information you provide to us in this regard will be viewed only by NYC Outward Bound Schools, strictly for the purpose of evaluating your qualifications as an employee or intern for the organization.
 
You may choose to contact NYC Outward Bound Schools, by e-mail or otherwise, with other inquiries.  Any personally identifiable information you provide in connection with such inquiries will be collected, accessed and used by NYC Outward Bound Schools solely for the purpose of ensuring that your inquiries are answered.

We may use internal service providers to facilitate our services, and therefore, may provide some of your personally identifiable information directly to them. In addition, we use other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf, such as processing donations and credit card payments, sending postal mail and e-mail, removing repetitive information from donor lists, analyzing data, providing customer service, and developing and hosting our databases.  These companies and individuals may have access to your personally identifiable information as needed to perform their functions, but, under our agreements with them, may not use it for any other purpose.

Cookies

“Cookies” are small files placed on your hard drive; each site can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser preferences allow it.  You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set.  (Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.)  You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features on our website, and you may be required to re-enter your password more frequently during a session.  In addition, a number of companies offer utilities designed to help you visit websites anonymously.
 
Cookies help us to provide customized services and information that is targeted to your interests.  We use cookies to tell us how and when pages on our website are visited, what our users’ technology preferences are (such as what type of video player they use) and whether our website is functioning properly.

If you donate on our site www.nycoutwardbound.org, we will save your e-mail in a cookie. Our website will not, under any circumstances, save your credit card number in any way.

Additionally, you may encounter cookies or other similar devices on our site that is placed by third parties.  We do not control the use of cookies by third parties.

Security

We care about the security of your information.  We use high-grade encryption and the secure https protocol to communicate with your browser software.  We also employ several different security techniques to protect your personally identifiable information from unauthorized access by users inside and outside the organization.  You can consult the privacy policy of our online donations service provider, including its statements regarding security, at http://www.authorize.net/company/privacy/.

You should be aware, however, that perfect security does not exist on the Internet; third parties could unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications.  You should not expect that your personally identifiable information will remain private.

Sharing Information

As a matter of policy, we will not sell, share or rent information about you in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. However, we may be forced to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances. We cooperate with law enforcement inquiries, as well as other third parties, to enforce laws such as those regarding intellectual property rights, fraud and other personal rights.  We can (and you authorize us to) disclose any information about you to law enforcement or other government officials as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringement or other activity that is illegal or might expose us or you to liability.

Policy Towards Children

We are concerned about the safety and privacy of children who use the Internet. Although we encourage children to learn more about our organization and opportunities to serve their communities, we encourage that this be done with parental supervision. Consistent with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without prior verifiable parental consent.   If we become aware that a child under 13 has otherwise provided us with personally identifiable information without verifiable parental consent, we will use our best efforts to remove such information from our files.  If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with personally identifiable information without verifiable parental consent, he or she should contact us at 718-706-9900; if that parent or guardian requests that such content be taken down, we will do so.

Other Information Collectors

Except as otherwise expressly included in this privacy policy, this document addresses the use and disclosure of information that we collect from you.  To the extent that you disclose your information to others, different rules may apply to their use or disclosure of such information.   We do not control the privacy policies of others. We encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your personal information to others.

Accessing Your Information

We work to process and maintain accurately the information that you share with us.  If you have donated to us, subscribed to our communications, or otherwise provided personal information that you believe we have processed in error, please call us at 718-706-9900.

Privacy Policy Changes

We may, from time to time, make changes to this policy, based on your comments and our need to reflect accurately our data collection and disclosure practices.  If we make any substantial changes in the way we use your personal information, we will notify you by posting a prominent announcement on our website.

Governing Law

You agree that your use of this Web site, this privacy policy and any disputes relating thereto shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the State of New York.  Any dispute relating to this privacy policy shall be resolved solely in the state or federal courts located in New York, New York.

Thank you for visiting our site. Please contact us at 718-706-9900 if you have any questions about our website or our privacy policy.