Privacy and Donor Rights

This Privacy Policy addresses the practices of United Way of East Central Iowa (“UWECI”) regarding information collected from users of UWECI’s website located at (the “Site”) and only addresses information collected directly through or from the Sites.  This Privacy Policy does not address or govern any information gathering, use, or dissemination practices related to information collected from the user (sometimes referred to as “you” or “your”) other than directly through or from the Sites, such as from telephone, facsimile, postal mail, personal delivery, or other or additional offline means or media. UWECI can be contacted by email at

Collection of Personal Information from Users

Except as specifically set forth herein, UWECI may collect or track: (a) the email addresses of users that communicate with UWECI via email; (c) information knowingly provided by the user in online forms, registration or membership forms, surveys, email, and other online avenues (including, without limitation, demographic and personal profile data); (c) aggregate and user-specific information regarding which pages a user accesses; (d) the home server domain names, date and time of your visit, type of computer, the originating IP address, files downloaded, search engine used, operating system, and type of Web browser of users of the Sites; and (e) for users who opt-in to the Geolocation service (described in greater detail in Section 6 below), the location of users of the Sites. UWECI may place Internet “cookies” on your hard drive. Internet cookies are small amounts of data that contain a unique identifier that many websites frequently send to your web browser to be stored on your computer’s hard drive in order to save data about you, such as your name, password, user-name, screen preferences, and the pages of a website you have viewed. When you revisit the Sites, UWECI may recognize you by your Internet cookies and customize your experience accordingly. You may decline Internet cookies by using the appropriate feature of your Web browser software, if available. UWECI may use Google Analytics or a similar service to gather, store, and track certain information related to your visit to and activity on the Sites. When a user performs a search within the Sites, UWECI may record information identifying the user or linking the user to the search performed and recording information related to the search request. The collection, use, and disclosure of information contemplated in this Privacy Policy may involve a transfer of the information to jurisdictions located outside your country of residence that may not have equivalent laws and rules regarding personally identifiable information.

Use of Personal Information Collected

Personal information collected by UWECI may be used by UWECI for many reasons, for example, for recordkeeping, editorial and feedback purposes, marketing and promotional purposes, statistical analysis of users’ behavior, product development, content improvement, or to customize the content and layout of the Sites. Aggregate data on users’ home servers may be used for internal purposes, and individually identifying information, such as names, postal and email addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information which users voluntarily provide to UWECI may be added to UWECI’s databases and used for future calls and mailings regarding updates to the Sites, new products or services, and upcoming events. UWECI also may use user data to contact users of the Sites regarding registration and account status and changes to the Website Terms and Conditions, Intranet Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy or any other policies or agreements relevant to users of the Sites.

Disclosure of Personal Information to Third Parties

Except as provided herein, individually identifying personal information provided through the Sites will not be sold or otherwise disclosed to third parties not affiliated with UWECI. Identifiable and non-identifiable user information and data may be disclosed or distributed to another party with which UWECI enters or reasonably may enter into a corporate transaction, such as, for example, a merger, consolidation, acquisition, or asset purchase, or to a third party pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or other form of legal process, in response to a request by or on behalf of any local, state, federal, or other government agency, department, or body, whether or not pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or other form of legal process, or if determined by UWECI in its sole judgment that such disclosure or distribution is appropriate to protect the life, health, or property of UWECI or any other person or entity.  Identifiable and non-identifiable user information and data that users provide to UWECI may also be provided to third parties that contract with UWECI to provide products, information or other services that UWECI believes that users may be interested in obtaining. While UWECI may undertake efforts to see that any third party to whom UWECI discloses personal information is under an obligation to use the personal information solely for the purposes for which the information was disclosed, such third parties are independent third parties over which UWECI exercises no control. UWECI is not responsible for, and will not be liable for, the conduct, actions, omissions, or information handling or dissemination practices of third parties.

The Sites may also contain links to third party websites

The Sites may contain links to other Internet Web sites for the convenience of users in locating information, products, or services that may be of interest. If you access a third party website from a link on this Sites, any information you disclose on that website is not subject to this Privacy Policy. It is possible that these links may be used by third parties or others to collect personal or other information about you. UWECI is not responsible for the privacy practices of such websites, advertisers, or third parties or the content of such websites and it is your sole obligation to review and understand the privacy practices and policies of these other websites. UWECI does not control these third parties’ use of cookies, collection of information, or how they manage such information. It is solely your obligation to review and understand the privacy practices and policies of these other websites, advertisers and any third parties.

Internet Security

UWECI uses reasonable efforts to ensure that the Sites are generally available. However, there will be occasions when access to the Sites will be interrupted or unavailable. UWECI will use reasonable efforts to minimize such disruption where it is within its reasonable control. You agree that UWECI shall not be liable to you for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Sites. You understand that the technical processing and transmission of any content via the Sites may be transferred unencrypted and involve: (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices. Please be advised that we do not guarantee that any information sent from our Sites will be secure during transmission, nor can we guarantee the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to UWECI via the Sites or the Internet in general, including, for example, personal information such as your name or address.

Comments, Notices and User Content. All materials or comments posted to any aspect of the Sites are public

Please refer to the Website Terms and Conditions or the Intranet Terms and Conditions, as applicable to your use, for further detail concerning User Content and other materials submitted to the Sites. As such, UWECI assumes no liability for the accuracy of such information, no duty to update or correct such information, and no liability for such communications arising under the laws of copyright, libel, privacy, obscenity, or otherwise. Any comment system on the Sites may utilize an opt-in Geolocation service in accordance with a prevailing community standard such as HTML 5.  Such Geolocation opt-in ability is managed by the user’s browser settings.  If a user chooses to opt-in to the Geolocation service, the user’s comments may be associated with the user’s location, both internally within UWECI and publicly on the Sites.

Opt-Out Right

Except as necessary for UWECI to provide the services, information, or products requested by a registered user, by updating the profile preferences on the Sites, a registered user may opt out of having his or her personally identifiable information, which has been voluntarily provided to UWECI through an account registration, or electronic news or information subscription, prospectively retained by UWECI, used by UWECI for secondary purposes, or disclosed by UWECI to third parties. (This does not apply to collection of the type of Web browser of the user to the Sites, or to non-identifiable user information provided or collected.)

Access to and Ability to Correct Personal Information

Upon your request via postal mail, email, or telephone, UWECI will provide you with a summary of any personal information retained by UWECI that has been voluntarily provided by you to UWECI through online forms, registration forms, surveys, email, or another online avenue. You may modify, correct, change or update your personal information by contacting UWECI by email at

Right to Change Privacy Policy

UWECI reserves the right at any time to modify, alter or update this Privacy Policy. Your use of the Sites following any changes means that you agree to follow and be bound by the Privacy Policy as changed. Any change to this Privacy Policy shall be effective as to any user who has visited the Sites before the change was made. It is the obligation of users visiting the Sites before the change to learn of changes to the Privacy Policy since their last visit.

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  • To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The “eDonor Bill of Rights” was created to address concerns and challenges arising from Internet charitable giving.

UWECI continually works with other philanthropic organizations as well as online service providers to ensure that online donors have greater confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support.

The eDonor Bill of Rights relates to UWECI’s long-standing Donor Bill of Rights, created in 1993 by UWECI in conjunction with other fundraising and nonprofit groups. The document was developed to ensure donor awareness of the responsibilities that a charity has to its donors, and the expectations that donors should have of charities when making a charitable gift. The UWECI Donor Bill of Rights lists ten rights that a donor has—ten best practices that all charities and donors should be always aware of.

Since the creation of the Donor Bill of Rights, the philanthropic landscape has changed dramatically. One critical change has been the growing use of technology to facilitate charitable giving, primarily through the Internet. While the Internet holds great potential as a charitable giving tool, it also creates new challenges—both for the donor and the charity. Because the Internet is a relatively new medium for giving, best practices are still being identified, and many donors and charities are unsure as to their online rights and responsibilities.

Principles of the eDonor Bill of Rights

The eDonor Bill of Rights is intended to complement the original document and provide further and more detailed guidance for the new world of online giving. In addition to the rights outlined in the Donor Bill of Rights, online donors should demand the following of their online solicitors:

  • To be clearly and immediately informed of the organization’s name, identity, nonprofit or for-profit status, its mission, and purpose when first accessing the organization’s website.
  • To have easy and clear access to alternative contact information other than through the website or email.
  • To be assured that all third-party logos, trademarks, trustmarks and other identifying, sponsoring, and/or endorsing symbols displayed on the website are accurate, justified, up-to-date, and clearly explained.
  • To be informed of whether or not a contribution entitles the donor to a tax deduction, and of all limits on such deduction based on applicable laws.
  • To be assured that all online transactions and contributions occur through a safe, private, and secure system that protects the donor’s personal information.
  • To be clearly informed if a contribution goes directly to the intended charity, or is held by or transferred through a third party.
  • To have easy and clear access to an organization’s privacy policy posted on its website and be clearly and unambiguously informed about what information an organization is gathering about the donor and how that information will be used.
  • To be clearly informed of opportunities to opt out of data lists that are sold, shared, rented, or transferred to other organizations.
  • To not receive unsolicited communications or solicitations unless the donor has “opted in” to receive such materials.