Privacy Policy

Hearts in a Box is committed to ensuring that you can trust us with the privacy of your personal information when using this website. Our goal is to protect your information whenever you visit, donate or contact our organization through our website. We also want to protect the privacy of individuals we help through our financial and in-kind donations.

Information we collect

We collect information from you in a variety of ways, including but not limited to the following:
  • Visiting our website pages (Google Analytics)
  • Making an online donation
  • Completing surveys
  • Registering for a program or an event
  • Registering as a volunteer 

PayPal Donations

When you choose to donate using our PayPal Donate button, you will have the option to provide us with your mailing address, phone number, and other contact information when using your credit/debit card or with your PayPal account address details when using your PayPal balance.

  • If you do not select this option, PayPal will only provide us your name and email address, and the date/amount of your donation.
  • If you do select this option, we will be able to collect your additional address and phone information as you provided it.

We never have access to your PayPal account details or to your Credit/Debit Card number.

Providing Information via this Website

We do not collect personally-identifiable information unless you choose to provide it to us. If you provide us with personally identifiable information (e.g., by sending an e-mail or by filling out a form and submitting it through our website), we use that information only to respond to your message and to help us provide you with the information and services that you request or are interested in learning more about. Submitting voluntary information constitutes your consent to the use of the information for the stated purpose. When users click to Submit any of Web form found on our site, they are indicating voluntary consent to use of the information they submit for the stated purpose.

Information Third Parties collect

This site may have links to other websites outside of our control. Once you go to a site other than ours, you are subject to the privacy and security policies of the new site. We also do not endorse the organizations or individuals maintaining sites that we link to, any views they express or any products/services they offer.

Google Services

Hearts in a Box uses the power of Google for business technology whenever possible. When you visit or interact with our website, Google may collect information about you based on their Google Privacy Policy. Among the Google Services we use are:

  • Google Search
  • Google Maps
  • Google Sites and Google Domains (for web development and domain hosting)
  • Google Forms (for surveys, information-gathering forms) populating Google Sheets on the Hearts in a Box internal Google Drive)
  • Google Analytics (see below)
    The Hearts in a Box website uses a tool called Google Analytics to collect information about the use of this site. Google Analytics collects information, such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. Hearts in a Box only uses the information we get from Google Analytics  to improve our web site. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information. Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy. You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to this site by disabling cookies on your browser. 

PayPal Services

When using PayPal services to donate to Hearts in a Box, the Privacy Policy for PayPal Services describes privacy rights related your interaction with PayPal during the donation process.

Social Media and other Websites

We maintain a corporate presence on several social media sites and other non-profit-related sites, including but not restricted to Guidestar, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram. We also may share social media posts from other individuals or organizations on our website. When you link to these posts and sites from our website, you are no longer under the policies of this website and become subject to the Privacy Policies and Terms of Use for each external website.

Sponsor Websites

We provide a page listing many of the organizations and companies that sponsor Hearts in a Box through cash and in-kind donations. As a courtesy to these sponsors and donors, we may provide a link to their websites when available. When you link to these sites from our website, you are no longer under the policies of this website and become subject to the Privacy Policies and Terms of Use for each external website.

How we use the information we collect

We make every effort to disclose clearly how information is used at the point where it is collected, so that our users can determine for themselves whether they wish to provide the information. If you choose to identify yourself (or otherwise provide us with personal information) when you email us, donate to us, or use any online forms:

We will collect (and may retain) any personally identifying information, such as your name, street address, email address, and phone number, and any other information you provide. We may use it:

  • to provide you with acknowledgement of your donations and a receipt for your taxes, if appropriate.
  •  to contact you about volunteer or other opportunities if you have indicated to us that you are interested.
  • to provide you with additional information about our charity and its programs at a later time. 
  • to maintain an internal database for analyzing our donor base and /or our charitable targets to better serve both groups.
  • with your permission, in general interest stories on our Happenings blog or other website content copy.

We will not disclose personally identifiable information you provide to Hearts in a Box to third parties without your permission, except as specified in this privacy policy.

If compelled by local, state, or US Federal laws, court orders, or law enforcement requests to disclose sensitive information, Hearts in a Box will comply with such orders as we deem necessary.

Your Choice to Opt Out

You may opt out of further contact by Hearts in a Box by emailing and specifying your name, email address, and requesting to Opt out of All Further Communication from Hearts in a Box.

Updated 1/28/2017