Privacy Policy

The Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA) is GuideStar logo-exchange_sealcommitted to preserving your privacy and safeguarding your information online. The following statement describes the general information-gathering and usage practices of our website. Please read this policy to understand what personal information we collect, why we collect it, and how we use the information we collect. Please note that this policy may change over time.

Normal Website Usage and Data Tracking

RAFI-USA has a firm commitment to internet privacy. You can visit most parts of rafiusa.org without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information. We do collect information through IP addresses or environmental variables. An IP address is a number used by computers on the network to identify your computer so that data can be transmitted to you. Environmental variables include, among other things, the domain from which you access the Internet, the time you accessed our website, type of web browser and operating system or platform used, the Internet address of the website from which you linked to rafiusa.org, the names of the pages you visit while at our website, the time you spend on each page, and the websites to which you link from our site. This information may be aggregated in an anonymous manner. This information allows us to better tailor our site to your needs and interests.

We may use third-party services such as Google Analytics. This helps us understand traffic patterns and know if there are problems with our site. We may also use embedded images in emails to track open rates for our mailings, so that we can tell which mailings appeal most to RM customers and end-users of RM services. We track our visitors’ activities to make sure we are providing the best path and access to information. In the form of “cookies” we track the number of recurring visits to our site to minimize pop-ups and the repetition of information that we have already made available to you.

Information Collection and Use

RAFI-USA collects personal information, such as email addresses and names, only when it is voluntarily submitted. For example, if you choose to subscribe to our e-bulletin or take part in online action alerts, we may request your email address, name, mailing address or other personal information.

RAFI-USA does not sell or trade names or other personal data. We may use or disclose personal information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to applicable law or comply with legal process served on us or this site; (b) protect and defend our rights or property, this site or our users, and (c) act under emergency circumstances to protect the personal safety of us, our affiliates, agents, site users, or the public.

RAFI-USA collects personally identifiable information in the following ways:

  • RAFI-USA collects personal information when you subscribe to our mailing list. This information includes your first name, last name, email address, subscription list and preferred email format.
  • RAFI-USA collects personal information when you make a donation to the organization and complete the online donation form through Click & Pledge. This information includes your first name, last name, address, telephone number and email address. Through Click & Pledge, donor’s information is saved on behalf of the organization. Only RAFI-USA can login to Click & Pledge’s administrative system to keep track of donations and payments. If the donor chooses to subscribe to the opt-in eNewsletter, donor’s name and email will be shared with RAFI-USA for their eNewsletter subscription. RAFI-USA does not retain any credit card information.
  • RAFI-USA may collect personal information when you make a donation to the organization through PayPal. This information may include your first name, last name, address, telephone number and email address. RAFI-USA does not retain any credit card information.
  • RAFI-USA also collects personal information when you register for a conference, event or other action through our site. This information may include, but is not limited to, your first name, last name, address, telephone number, email address and relevant affiliations.
  • RAFI-USA collects user information when you provide your comments to us via our Comments feature on our blog. This information may include personally-identifying information such as your email address, username, website and IP address. IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left. For further details, please consult WordPress.org’s privacy policy at www.wordpress.org. From time to time RAFI-USA solicits opinions from visitors to its site on specific topics.

We may on some occasions use information we collect to inform you of upcoming publications or other marketing material that would serve your interest.

Financial Information

RAFI-USA does not retain any credit card information. Credit card donations through our website are processed exclusively with Click & Pledge. Click & Pledge is committed to providing safe, secure and private online transactions. Click & Pledge is a certified PCI (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) service provider. For further details about their privacy practices, please consult their website directly at www.clickandpledge.com. Online donations may also be made to RAFI-USA through PayPal. For further details about their privacy practices, please consult their website directly at www.paypal.com.

Links to Other Sites

Our site contains external links to other organizations and websites, and we do not control the use of data collection on external websites. We encourage you to read their policy statements and terms of use. This privacy policy statement governs only this site.

Security

Although RAFI-USA takes all measures to prevent unauthorized access to and maintain the accuracy of your data and information, no information transferred over the Internet is 100% secure. RAFI-USA cannot guarantee the total security of information transmitted to us. We use third-party providers such as Click & Pledge, MailChimp and Salesforce to collect and organize personal data. We encourage you to read their security statements, policy statements and terms of use. This privacy policy statement governs only this site.

By visiting our website you understand our privacy statement and limitations. If you have any questions about this privacy statement or to review personal information collected and request corrections please contact RAFI-USA by email at [email protected] or by mail: RAFI-USA, PO Box 640, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or by phone (919) 542-1396 or fax (919) 542-0069.

Your use of this site is also governed by our Terms of Use Statement, so please read that as well.

Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Use (revised 1/16/13) and Privacy Policy (revised 1/16/13). The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached, or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of RAFI-USA.