Thank you for visiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s website, including our interactive online community, Matthew’s Place, and our online store (collectively, the “Site”). This Site is operated by the Matthew Shepard Foundation, a Wyoming non-profit corporation (“the Foundation”), located at 1530 Blake Street, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80202.
WHAT TYPE OF INFORMATION DOES THE FOUNDATION COLLECT?
We sometimes collect information about you in an effort to make the services and information we provide more efficient and customized to you. You are free to browse the Site without revealing any personal information about yourself. However, once you give us your personal information (as further described below), you are not anonymous to us. We collect two types of information from visitors to the Site: Technical Information and Personal Information. We treat Technical Information and Personal Information differently and the following sections describe both Technical and Personal Information, and address how each type of information is collected and used by the Foundation.
Technical Information. The Site may automatically track certain Technical Information based upon your behavior. We use this information to improve the content and functionality of this Site, and to better understand and serve you. This information may include what browser you are using, your IP address, or other technical information.
Personal Information. Personal Information is individually identifiable information about you that could permit one to identify or contact you. At various places on the Site, we may request certain Personal Information, such as your name, e-mail address, and billing or shipping information in the event you purchase products or make a donation through the Site. You may choose to provide Personal Information in order to access or use certain features or services of the Site, such as making a purchase, registering on the Site, filling out a survey, or providing feedback. Where possible, we indicate which fields of information are required and which fields are optional. You can always choose not to provide information, but you may not be able to use a particular service or feature on the Site.
OUR USE OF YOUR INFORMATION
We use Technical Information we collect to improve our Site, make your experience more efficient and relevant, and provide you with a more customized experience. We may also use Technical Information internally to administer this Site.
When you provide Personal Information, we will use that information to provide you with the information you request and to maintain contact with you. If you provide us with your e-mail address as part of a purchase transaction on our Site, or if you opt-in to receive communications from the Foundation, we may periodically send you newsletters, e-mails featuring exclusive sales and promotions, and e-mails requesting your feedback on our products and services. In addition, if you make a purchase on our Site, we will send you order and shipping confirmation emails. You can remove your e-mail from our e-mail list at any time by visiting the “Accessing and Updating Your Information” section below to change your preferences, or clicking on the “unsubscribe” link in every e-mail from the Foundation.
DOES THE FOUNDATION SHARE THE INFORMATION IT RECEIVES?
We may employ other third parties to perform services or functions on our behalf in order to improve our Site, including marketing and promotional efforts, communications or other services. Those third parties may include authorized contractors, consultants and other companies working with us (collectively, “agents”). These parties only have access to Personal Information needed to perform their functions, and they may not share any Personal Information with others or use it for any other purpose than providing or improving the Foundation’s services and offerings.
We may work with third party advertising companies to serve and track our marketing. These third parties may serve other cookies. Our advertising partners may use the Technical Information they collect from our Site, in the aggregate, to help us better market and serve visitors to our Site.
We do not share personal information for third parties to use in their own marketing efforts.
If we become aware that you are a danger to yourself, MSF, or others, we may use or share the information you have provided to protect ourselves or others, to help you get the help you need, to put you in contact with appropriate resources, or to take any action we deem necessary to protect members of our community, including MSF.
ACCESSING AND UPDATING YOUR INFORMATION
You always have the opportunity to review and change the information you provide to us by logging into the site and entering in the new information yourself. You can edit your name, contact information and preferences by logging into the “My Profile” section of the Site.
You may ask to have your account information removed from our active databases; however, because of the way our database is configured, we cannot completely delete information but can remove you from any mailings, emails, and records that we use for Foundation communications. Also, as a security measure we “back up” the data stored on our systems, and such prior information cannot be completely removed from our databases. Therefore, you should not expect that all of your Personal Information will be completely removed from our databases in response to your requests.
You must be at least 13 years old to have our permission to use this Site, and at least 18 years old to make any purchases in our online store. We do not knowingly collect, use or disclose Personal Information about visitors under 13 years of age.
TRANSFER OF DATA ABROAD
THIRD PARTIES AND LINKS
CONTACTING THE FOUNDATION WITH QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS
You may also contact us at:
Matthew Shepard Foundation
1530 Blake Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202
We always enjoy hearing from you.