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Donor Privacy Policy

Donor Privacy Policy

First Graduate is committed to protecting the privacy of visitors to our website and of our donors, both online and offline. We have established this Privacy Policy to explain what information we collect through our website and how it is used.

In this policy, “First Graduate” refers to our staff, board members, cooperating attorneys, interns, volunteers, and consultants, all of whom are bound by law or contract to keep confidential information they receive as part of their assistance to First Graduate.

First Graduate does not sell or rent or trade donor or website visitor information under any circumstances, and we do not share donor or visitor information without prior consent except as compelled by law.

How First Graduate Internal Analytics Works: First Graduate endeavors to gather sufficient information for analyzing our website and how visitors move within it without compromising the privacy of our visitors.

Cookies: We do not use persistent ID cookies on this site. We use session cookies on certain portions of the website. Session cookies expire when you close your browser. You can use Tor if you wish to keep your connection information anonymous.

Voluntarily Submitted Information: In addition, First Graduate collects and retains information you voluntarily submit to us. It is up to you whether to submit information to us, and how much information to provide. If you choose to become a First Graduate volunteer or otherwise donate to First Graduate, we ask for your name, email address, mailing address and phone number. For online donors, we also ask for your credit card number.

We may ask for additional personal information when you provide feedback or comments, or otherwise communicate with us. We are pleased to receive anonymous donations in the mail, but please note that your personal information is required if you choose to donate using our online form.

Mailing Lists: If you choose to subscribe to our free electronic newsletter or any of our other mailing lists, we collect your email address, and, if you choose to provide it, a zip or postal code.

First Graduate’s Use of Information

In general, First Graduate uses the information provided by you to further our mission.

Donor Information: We use donor information to process and manage your contribution. If you opt in, we will use your email address to send you updates about our students, their accomplishments, the impact that you are having, and stories about donors and volunteers. If you choose to complete the “Please tell us why you support First Graduate” field when donating, this information may be shared with the entire First Graduate staff and board, and select unattributed quotes may be used to promote our mission, such as including a relevant quote in a grant proposal.

Invitees to First Graduate: If you invite another person to join you at an event or to share a story, we may ask for that person’s name and online contact information to contact and, if necessary, remind that person that he or she has been invited to a First Graduate event.

Publication by First Graduate: If you provide information for publication we may use your name and contact information you have provided to us to provide you with attribution.

Other activities: We may run surveys, contests, or similar activities through this site. Such information will be used for the purposes for which it was collected. We also look at technical information to diagnose problems with or consider improvements to our servers or related technologies and to administer the firstgraduate.org and other websites we host or provide.

Third-Party Service Providers to First Graduate

For all of First Graduate’s service providers, hosting providers and credit card processors and any other providers we may use in the future, the information collected from First Graduate users remains under our control, and our agreement with each will require the information to be kept confidential and disclosed only to employees who require such access in the course of their assigned duties.

First Graduate may change the specific third-party providers from time to time, and will transfer stored information to any new provider subject to similar restrictions and agreements. First Graduate’s site also provides links to a wide variety of third-party websites, including interactive links to sites like Twitter or mapping services. First Graduate is not responsible for, and does not have any control over, the privacy practices or the content of such third parties. We encourage users to read the privacy policies of any website visited via links from First Graduate’s website.

We do occasionally allow our website to interact with other services, like social networking, mapping, and video hosting websites. It is our policy not to include third-party resources when users initially load our web pages, but we may dynamically include them later after giving the user a chance to opt-in. If you believe a third-party resource is automatically loading, please let us know so we can address it.

Disclosure of Your Information

While First Graduate endeavors to provide the highest level of protection for your information, we may disclose personally identifiable information about you to third parties in limited circumstances, including: (1) with your consent; or (2) when we have a good faith belief it is required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other judicial or administrative order.

If we are required by law to disclose the information that you have submitted, we will attempt to provide you with notice (unless we are prohibited) that a request for your information has been made in order to give you an opportunity to object to the disclosure. We will attempt to provide this notice by email, if you have given us an email address, or by postal mail if you have entered a postal address. If you do not challenge the disclosure request, we may be legally required to turn over your information.

In addition, we will independently object to requests for access to information about users of our site that we believe to be improper.

Updating or Removing Your Information

You may choose to correct, update, or delete the information you have submitted to us by sending an email requesting changes to info@firstgraduate.org. Furthermore, if we inadvertently collect more personal information than intended, we endeavor to delete the extraneous information. However, please understand that deleted information may continue to persist on backup media.

Changes to Our Policies

First Graduate’s Privacy Policy may change from time to time. However, any revised privacy policy will be consistent with our mission. If we make any substantive changes to our policies, we will post notice of changes on this page.


First Graduate employs industry standard security measures to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control.

Although we make good faith efforts to store information collected by First Graduate in a secure operating environment, we cannot guarantee complete security. Information collected by First Graduate will be maintained for a length of time appropriate to our needs. However, we generally do not retain credit card information unless you choose to have us make automatic monthly withdrawals from your account for your donation.