Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
Privacy Policy
Effective 5/31/04

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) recognizes the importance our members place on privacy and the security of their personal information.  Our goal is to protect your personal information in every way that we interact with you, whether it’s on the telephone, e-mails, or on the Internet, including online giving.

We think it is important for you to be informed of the policies, procedures, and security measures we have in place to safeguard your personal and confidential information. We have developed this policy to help you to understand the steps we take to protect your personal information.

Privacy Updates

New advocacy opportunities may require changes to our Privacy Policy.  The effective date of our policy will always be clearly displayed.  We will provide our members copies of our Privacy Policy on our Web site and by request. If you have agreed to accept disclosures electronically, we may send you an email telling you where the Privacy Policy can be viewed from our website.

How We Gather Information

As part of providing financial products or services, we may obtain information about our members and congregations from the following sources:

  • Information we receive from you on membership forms, emails, or other forms;

  • Information you provide when you choose to sign up for e-mails;

  • Information about your transactions with us;

  • Information we receive from VICPP Regional Chapters; and

  • Information that is generated electronically when you visit our Web site.

 Privacy for Internet Users

Our commitment to safeguard your privacy also extends to the Internet. If you are just browsing through our website, we do not request any personally identifiable information, nor do we collect unique identifying information about you unless you voluntarily and knowingly provide us that information, such as when you send us an e-mail or complete an application online. If you provide us this information, it is only used internally and in furtherance of the purpose for which it was provided.  We do not rent or sell information.

For research purposes, we may collect information in order to help us enhance your Web experience. The information collected for these purposes may include:

  • The Internet address (referral site) which brought you to our web site;

  • The date and time you access our site;

  • The name and version of your web browser;

  • The Internet service provider you used when you accessed our site;

  • Your Internet Protocol (IP) address; and

  • The pages visited in our website.

Additionally, we may use cookies to collect this general information on all Web site Visitors.  We may also use cookies for security purposes in our online donations service.

Additional information about IP addresses and cookies are provided below.

Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses

An IP address is a number that’s automatically assigned to your computer whenever you’re on the Internet.  Web servers, the computers that “serve up” Web pages, automatically identify your computer by its IP address.

When collecting information for us, our vendors do not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable, which means that a user’s session will be logged, but the user remains anonymous.

Vendors may use IP addresses to audit the use of our site. They can and will use IP addresses to identify a user when necessary for security purposes.

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a very small text file sent by a Web server and stored on your hard drive, your computer’s memory, or in your browser so that it can be read back later.  Cookies cannot “read” information about you from your computer or be used to “steal” information about you; and cookies don’t carry viruses.  Cookies are a basic way for a server to identify you (most cookies actually identify the computer you happen to be using at the time, not you personally). Cookies are used for many things from personalizing start up pages to facilitating online purchases.  Cookies help sites recognize return visitors and they perform a very important function when you engage in secure online giving.  For your security, we do not store any of your personal information in our cookies.

Disclosure of Information

  • We do not disclose any nonpublic personal information about our members, former members, or website visitors to anyone, except as permitted and required by law.

  • We must provide certain customer account information to service providers such as online donation vendors so that we may process your Web based transactions.

  • We do not sell any of your personal information.

  • In the future, we may provide you an opt-in or opt-out notice if additional enhancements to the Web site might provide you with additional information or functionality.

Email Policies

In the future we may send you e-mail notices for certain disclosures or membership details.  We may also send you e-mails to promote our events and workshops that may be of interest you. We may also provide you an opportunity to subscribe to a newsletter; however, we will always provide you an opportunity to opt-in or opt-out of these promotions as required by law.  Our vendors may send these emails as an agent on our behalf but will never send them independently.

External 3rd Party Links 

Our Web site and online newsletters has numerous links to other 3rd party sites.  These links to external third parties are offered as a courtesy and a convenience to our members. It’s important to note that while you may still see our logo on the sites or organizations that we partner with, any information you provide to a 3rd party is not covered by our privacy policy.

Be sure to check the privacy statements of any third party Web site for information about their use of cookies and personal information they may collect.

With the exception of our Vendors, we do NOT have access to the information collected by any third party, nor can we control how they use this information.  If you have questions or concerns about the privacy policies and practices of these third parties, please review their websites and contact them directly.

Additionally, we are not responsible for the positions or content of 3rd party sites.

Security

VICPP has developed strict policies and procedures to safeguard your personal information. We restrict access to your sensitive personal information to a “need to know” basis. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with the non-profit industry’s best practices to guard your nonpublic personal information. We educate our employees about the importance of confidentiality and customer privacy.  We will take appropriate disciplinary measures to enforce employee privacy responsibilities.

Our vendors have also developed security policies and procedures to protect the member information that they must collect and maintain to help us process your online transactions over the Internet. They maintain a top-of-the line security system to ensure your member information is protected on the Internet and within the vendor environment.

Questions

If you would like to know what information we have collected in connection with your membership, including Internet based products and services, please contact us at 804-643-2474.

After reviewing the information, if you believe any of the information is in error, contact us or send a letter that explains the alleged discrepancy. If the information is incorrect, we will work with you to ensure your information is promptly updated.