Last updated: July 9, 2020

At the Temple of Understanding, we are committed to protecting the privacy of our users, and have developed this Privacy Policy to provide you with information about how we collect, use, disclose, and protect the personal information our users provide through the use of our website (www.templeofunderstanding.org) and application programming interface (our “API”) collectively, the “Sites,” and any information provided directly to our organization without the use of our Sites.

Donor Privacy Policy

It is the policy of the Temple of Understanding to keep all donor information confidential. We do not rent, sell, or share any personal or financial information about our donors with any other entity. Credit card donations are stored by the credit card processor, PayPal, and are subject to their privacy policies. For PayPal, click on “Privacy” at the bottom of https://www.paypal.com/.

Collection and Use of Your Information

Information We Collect Directly from You

When visiting our Sites, you may opt in to provide us with your email address in order to receive information about our projects. You may also provide us with your name, email address, and, optionally, a phone number if you choose to contact us with a question or to provide us with feedback through our Sites. If you would like to apply for an open position or volunteer with us, we will ask you to provide us with your first and last name, email address, phone number, and information specific to your application (such as your work history). We will use this information to assess your application, to contact you about your candidacy, and/or for any subsequent work that you may do with us.


Information That We Automatically Collect During Your Visit

When you visit our Sites, our web server automatically recognizes and collects your domain name and IP address. This allows us to deliver projects specific to your location, to remember your preferences, or to pre-populate your information during checkout. We also keep track of how users arrive at our Sites (e.g., via a search engine) and the path of users through our Sites. We also collect aggregate information about how our Sites are used, derived mainly from tallying page views throughout our Sites. This information helps us prevent fraud, troubleshoot problems, and gauge how users respond to new features.

To gather and track this information, we use cookies. A cookie is a small data file sent from a website or application and stored on your computer or device. Cookies allow us to recognize your browser when you return to our Sites, and to remember your login information. This helps us provide certain user features, better understand how you interact with our Sites, and monitor aggregated usage. You can set your browser to detect some cookies, to stop accepting cookies, or to prompt you before accepting a cookie. To learn more about browser cookies, including how to manage or delete them, look in the Tools, Help, or similar section of your web browser, or visit allaboutcookies.org.

By using our Sites, you agree to the use of these tracking technologies.

Do Not Track Signals: Some web browsers may transmit “do not track” signals to the websites and other online services with which the browser communicates. There is no standard that governs what, if anything, websites should do when they receive these signals. We currently do not take action in response to these signals.


Third-Party Website Tracking

We do not serve targeted advertising; however, when you use the Internet, unaffiliated parties such as ad networks, web analytics companies, and social networking platforms may collect information about your online activities over time and across our and other websites. This information may be used to provide advertisements for products and services that may interest you, and those companies may use cookies, clear GIFs, and other tracking technologies. We do not track your activity across different websites or online services.

How We Share and Disclose Your Information

We do not sell or rent your information. We may use and disclose your personal information as described above and as follows:

  • To operate our Sites and provide our services to you or to fulfill any other purposes for which you provide the information;
  • To respond to your requests or questions or notify you about changes to the Sites;
  • To allow our third parties to provide Site features and to perform services on our behalf, for example, with our fulfillment and service vendors, referral tracking services, payment processors, and site analytics tools such as Google Analytics and Heap;
  • To investigate a suspected violation of our Terms of Use, suspected fraud, or other unlawful activity;
  • As we believe may be required by law or by a court order;
  • With your consent or as we may describe to you when you provide the information; and
  • As permissible under applicable laws and regulations.

In cases where we share your information with third parties (e.g., your employer, as a part of an employee-matching program, or website analytics service provider), our Privacy Policy does not govern the privacy practices of such third parties, and we ask that you refer to their respective privacy policies for details on their use of your information.

How We Protect Your Information

Your privacy is important to us, and we use physical, technical, and administrative safeguards designed to preserve the security of your personal information and protect it from unauthorized use or disclosure. When you make a donation on our site, information about your donation is transmitted using secure socket layer technology (SSL) and payment information is tokenized so that it’s never stored on our servers. We store data in cloud-based environments that use firewalls and other industry-standard protections in an effort to prevent access from outside intruders. Access to data is limited to those individuals who need it in order to perform their business function and protected wherever possible by two-factor authentication. Although we use appropriate security measures once we have received your personal information, the transmission of data over the internet (including by email) is never completely secure.

Our Sites contain links to third-party websites, including social networking websites. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that third party’s website. We offer these links for your convenience, and the fact that we link to a website is not an endorsement or representation of our affiliation with that third party. These other websites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data, or solicit personal information from you. Our privacy policy does not apply to these third-party websites, and we encourage you to be aware of when you leave our Sites and to review the privacy policies of each website you choose to link to from our Sites. We are not responsible for content or privacy policies of third-party websites.

Updates to Our Privacy Policy

The Temple of Understanding may modify this Privacy Policy from time to time. When changes are made, the Temple of Understanding will indicate the modification change date in the “last updated” date at the top of the page. Your continued use of our website after a modification of our Privacy Policy indicates your consent to such modification.

If we make any material changes to the policy, we will also post a notice on the applicable Site or notify account holders in an email sent to the email specified in your account profile, and obtain any necessary consent in accordance with applicable laws. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to be informed of how the Temple of Understanding is protecting your information.

How to Contact Temple of Understanding

We are always happy to hear from you with your questions or comments. For additional information, or if you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy or our privacy practices in general, please send your questions or comments to us at info@templeofunderstanding.org. You can also send questions or comments to the address below.