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Privacy Policy

IntroductionThis Privacy Policy establishes guidelines for the collection, use, and confidential treatment of our donors’ personal information that we obtain from non-public sources, including (“TBF Site” or “Site”). When you provide us with your personal information, you agree to the terms of the TBF Privacy Policy in effect at that time.
Third-Party LinksThe Site may contain links to third-party sites on the Internet (“Third Party Sites“) . Your use of all third-party sites are at your own risk. It is your sole responsibility to evaluate the content and usefulness of the information obtained from third-party sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. If you are concerned about the privacy policy of a certain third party, you may contact them directly or visit their individual web site to learn more about their individual privacy policies.
How We Collect and Use Your Personal InformationTBF respects and values the trust you place in us when you give us your personal information and is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of our donors’ personal information.

We collect personal information about you from the following two (2) sources:

  • Information you give us on Fund Agreements or other forms (such as your name, address, assets, and income); and
  • Information about your grant transactions with us (such as your fund balance, grant history, and parties to transactions).
TBF restricts access to personal information to those employees who need to know that personal information to provide our services to you.

Information Collected by Third-Parties on the TBF Site

In order to enable visitors to TBF’s Site to make donations to TBF and the non-profit organizations that it supports we have arranged for a vendor named Kimbia, Inc. (“Kimbia”) to host a widget through which visitors can make donations and access details about those donations (the “Donate Now Widget”). When you make a donation through the Donate Now Widget, you may be asked to provide certain contact information (such as your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address) and billing information (such as your credit card number and expiration date) in order to enable your donation to be processed and a confirmation to be provided to you. TBF will not have access to the complete credit card information that you submit via the Donate Now Widget (although it may retain the last four digits of your credit card number in order to process any refunds); and Kimbia will be entitled to use such information solely for the purpose of processing the transaction and permitting you to access your transaction details. Kimbia’s privacy and security policies are available via the Donate Now Widget and will provide you information about the steps that Kimbia takes to protect your information from unauthorized access, disclosure or use. We encourage you to read Kimbia’s privacy and security policies so that you understand how Kimbia will use, protect and disseminate the information you submit through the Donate Now Widget.

In certain cases, TBF may allow third-party ad-serving companies or ad networks to display advertisements on the Site. Some of these ad networks may place a persistent cookie on the TBF Site or a third party site through which they serve ads in order to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement regardless of the site on which the ad is displayed. Thus, third party ad-serving companies or ad networks may compile information about where you are using your computer, where you saw their advertisements, and which ads you clicked on. This information allows the third party to deliver targeted advertisements that it believes will be of interest to you. TBF does not have access to the cookies that may be placed by the third-party ad-serving companies or ad networks. We will not share information that will specifically identify you to a third-party ad-serving company or ad network unless we receive your prior, affirmative consent.

TBF Site Usage Information

Information (e.g., log files, cookies, Internet tags, web beacons, etc.) we collect from you through your use of the Site will be used to (a) monitor the operation, technical functions and quality of the Site, (b) compile general statistics regarding use of the Site, and (c) analyze demographic information about the Site’s users. We may also use such information for research or improvements of the Site and the services we offer you. This data is also used by TBF to deliver customized content and advertising to you when your use of the internet indicates that you are interested in a particular subject area.

Sharing Your Personal Information

We do not disclose any personal information about our donors, or former donors, to anyone except as permitted or required by law.
Security of Information
TBF is committed to protecting the security of your personal information transmitted to and from this website and will take reasonable security precautions to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. However, we cannot guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that information you supply won’t be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet. With respect to financial information that you transmit via the Donate Now Widget, please review the privacy and data security policies of Kimbia, the vendor that will be transmitting your donation information to the entity responsible for processing and settling those transactions.
Contact Information
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about TBF’s Privacy Policy and TBF’s privacy and security practices, you can contact TBF via:
Phone:   617-338-1700
E-mail Address:
Mailing Address:
The Boston Foundation
75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor
Boston, MA 02116

Changes to TBF’s Privacy Policy

Because we will continue to implement new technologies and improve the features and services we provide, the TBF Privacy Policy is subject to change.  For that reason, we encourage you to periodically review the TBF Privacy Policy.
Last Updated: 4/1/2012