Privacy Policy, a donor advised fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation (“Owner,” “we,” “us” or “our”) respects the privacy of visitors to (“Site”).  The purpose of this Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) is to inform our visitors (“you”) about the types of information we gather about you when you visit the Site, how we may use that information, with whom it is shared, what choices you have regarding our use of your information and how you may access some of the information you provide to us.  This Privacy Policy does not apply to any information you may provide to us, or that we may collect, offline and/or through other means (for example, at a live event, via telephone or through the mail).


Because the internet is an evolving medium, we may need to change the Policy from time to time, in which case, we will post the revised Policy on the Site and update the “Last Updated” date to reflect the date of the changes.  By continuing to use the Site after we post any such changes, you accept the Policy as modified.


Personally Identifiable Information

At various locations on the Site, such as when you register, subscribe, make donations, contact us, or participate in Interactive Areas (“Interactive Areas” may include message boards or article or blog comment areas), we may request that you supply us with personally identifiable information (e.g., name, e-mail address, postal addresses, home, work and/or mobile telephone number, birth date and/or gender).  If you do not want your personally identifiable information collected, please do not submit it to us.  When you do provide us with personally identifiable information, we may use that information to better understand how we can improve the Site.  We may also use that information to contact you, for example, to answer a question or respond to a comment you have submitted, request feedback, distribute newsletters and allow participation in Interactive Areas.

Except as expressly set out in this Policy, or as disclosed when you sign up for, or otherwise provide information to use, or participate in, an optional feature on the Site, we will not disclose any personally identifiable information to a third party without your express prior authorization, nor will we use that information for any purpose other than to provide the applicable feature.

Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, we do not knowingly request or accept personal information from children under the age of thirteen (13) without verifiable consent.  If we learn that personally identifiable information of persons under thirteen (13) years of age has been collected on the Site, we will take the appropriate steps to delete this information.

Non- Personally Identifiable Information

In some cases, when you visit the Site, we may also collect information that is non-personally identifiable or information that, by itself, cannot be used to identify or contact you.  Examples of this type of information include the type of Internet browser or computer operating system you use, demographic information (your age, gender, income, education, profession, zip code, etc.), the date and time you visited the Site, the pages you accessed, the name of the website from which you linked to the Site and other anonymous data involving your use of the Site.  We also may ask for additional information (e.g., other charitable organizations with which you have been involved) which you have the option not to provide.  This Policy in no way restricts or limits our collection and use of aggregate information and we may use and share such information to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use and for fund-raising and other purposes.  Aggregate information is not linked to any personally identifiable information.

Without limiting anything set out elsewhere in this Policy, we can and will use IP addresses to identify a user when we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with our Terms of Use or to protect the Site, donors, or other individuals.  We also reserve the right to use or disclose non-personally identifiable information in any manner we see fit, including for purposes of improving the Site.

Cookies, Web Beacons & Similar Technologies

We may use “cookies” – small pieces of data or text files that are stored on your computer tied to information about you.  This information will help us enhance your experience on the Site (e.g., the option of saving your username and password for the Site by placing a cookie on your personal computer).  Cookies can store non-personally identifiable information, such as what websites or pages your browser has accessed and may be tied to the personal information you knowingly choose to provide to us.

Cookies help establish a user session and allow our server to correctly provide site users with the appropriate information and services.  We use both persistent and session cookies.  Session cookies exist only for as long as your browser remains open.  When the session ends, the browser is closed and the cookies go away.  Persistent cookies, in contrast, last from visit to visit.  Persistent cookies are saved on a visitor’s computer by the browser and do not go away when you exit your browser.  We may use both types of cookies to enable us to collect aggregate information on the usage patterns of the Site, including what areas of the Site are visited most often.

Most Internet browsers can be set to refuse to accept cookies, although this may affect your Internet experience.  You can also erase cookies that are already on your computer, block all cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is stored.  Please refer to your browser instructions or “help” screen to learn more about these functions.

We may use “web beacons” (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags, single-pixel GIFs, clear GIFs, invisible GIFs, 1-by-1 GIFs, and web bugs) – tiny graphic files placed on a Web page that send a signal when a user has visited that page – to collect standard access information, such as time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the web beacon resides.  We use web beacons to gather access information, such as counting the users who have visited those pages and compiling aggregated statistics about Site usage.


When you provide us with your e-mail address – for example, when you subscribe to our e-mail list – we may use that address to occasionally deliver information relevant to you, such as special events, newsletters and notification of other noteworthy news items.  If you send us an e-mail with questions or comments, we may use the personal information you provide to respond to your questions or comments, and we may save your questions or comments for future reference.  However, we will provide you with the option to change your preferences and “opt-out” of receiving those communications.  You may request at any time that we not e-mail you in the future by clicking the “unsubscribe” link which is included at the bottom of any e-mail communication that you receive from us and hitting send, or by contacting us at  When contacting us by e-mail, please insert “UNSUBSCRIBE” in the subject line and the body of the message.  If you unsubscribe, you should assume that your request has been received and is being processed.  Please allow us ten (10) business days from our receipt of the request to complete the removal of your e-mail address from our database.


We may disclose personal information to our affiliates, subsidiaries, partners, contractors and permitted agents who assist us in providing services in connection with the Site and our business (please see the section entitled “Third Party Websites” below for more information).  In addition, we also allow access to our database by third parties we engage to assist us in providing certain other services.  For example, we may hire a company to facilitate our online services or conduct surveys on our behalf.  In these instances, we may need to share your personal information.  We require these companies to use your personal information only to provide that particular product or service and do not authorize them to use your personal information for any other reason.  In addition, if some or all of our assets are sold to a third party, such third party will be entitled to use the information disclosed by users of the Site.  Both the personal and non-personal information that we or other third parties have collected may be transferred as part of the transaction.


Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose information as required by law, rule or regulation or where we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, as requested by a governmental or law enforcement authority or other legal process.  This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection.


The Site may contain links to other websites.  Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of those websites and we do not control or endorse any such websites.  We encourage you to be aware when you leave the Site and to read the privacy policy of every website that you visit.  This Policy applies solely to information collected by the Site and does not cover information collected elsewhere, including without limitation, by websites linked to from the Site.


The Site has taken reasonable security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of information under our control.  We safeguard the security of the data you send us with physical, electronic, and other procedures.  However, it is not possible to guarantee the security or integrity of information disclosed online.  As no data transmission over the Internet is completely secure, we urge you to take every precaution to protect your personal data when you are on the Internet.  Because no physical or electronic security is impenetrable, by using the Site, you agree to assume all risks in connection with the information sent to us or collected by us when using the Site.



Any information we collect may be retained for an indeterminate period of time.


Pursuant to California Civil Code section 1798.83, a California resident who has provided personal information to a business with whom he/she has established a business relationship has the right to request from that business certain information regarding whether the business has disclosed personal information to any third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes.  In general, if the business has made such a disclosure of personal information, the business is required to provide a list of all third parties to whom such personal information was disclosed in the preceding calendar year, as well as a list of the categories of personal information that were disclosed, upon receipt of a request by a California resident.  However, under the law, a business is not required to provide the above-described lists if the business adopts and discloses to the public (in its privacy policy) a policy of not disclosing personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes unless the customer first affirmatively agrees to the disclosure, as long as the business maintains and discloses this policy.  Rather, the business may comply with the law by notifying the customer of his or her right to prevent disclosure of personal information and providing a cost free means to exercise that right.  As described in this Policy, Owner does not disclose such personal information to any third party for its direct marketing purposes without consent.


If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our Policy, or if you have submitted personally identifiable information through the Site and would like access to such information or to have that information corrected, please contact our webmaster:

Postal address:
The Pittsburgh Foundation
5 PPG Place, Suite 250
Pittsburgh, PA 1522

ATTN: Christopher Whitlatch

whitlatchc at




Changes to this Privacy Policy

All versions of the Policy are dated with the effective date of that version of the Policy (i.e., the date on which the applicable version of the Policy was posted to the Site). Our use of information we learn about you will be governed by the Policy in effect when the information was collected.


Last updated: January 17, 2012

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