Donor Privacy Policy

First Graduate is Committed to Your Privacy

We’re dedicated to working in your best interests and to conforming with the latest U.S. and European privacy standards, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We want to be transparent in how and when we collect and use your data and to help you better understand how to control that data.

In plain language, we collect some data about visitors and newsletter subscribers through forms and cookies (small tracking codes) on our site. We use this information to keep in touch with you (if you fill out a contact form or newsletter subscription request, for instance) and to improve the content we provide (by identifying what articles get the most attention and to fix site usability issues, for example).

We don’t sell, rent, or otherwise share your personal data with anyone outside of First Graduate except to fulfill legal obligations in the interest of the safety of First Graduate, the users of our website, or the public.

Regarding Your Donation Data:
In compliance with GDPR regulations, you have the right, at any time, for any reason, to contact us and request a complete history of any/all previous donations you have made to First Graduate. We will respond to you promptly with all relevant data we have in our files regarding your personal donations.

We also use Google Analytics to track overall activity on our site.

If you ever have any questions, suggestions or concerns about your data privacy, including requests to have your data removed, please send an email to [email protected] You can also send letters to:

First Graduate
2973 16th St, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

Read below for additional details about our policies and procedures.

Further Details

This privacy policy (“Policy”) describes the practices of First Graduate. (“First Graduate”) with respect to the gathering and use of personal information submitted to First Graduate through the First Graduate website (“Site”). All capitalized terms not defined here, shall be given the same meaning as defined in the First Graduate General Terms and Conditions (“Terms”).

This Policy also does not apply to the practices of unrelated third-party service providers or companies accessed through links provided for your convenience from the Sites.

What Information We Collect

First Graduate, or a service provider operating on First Graduate’s behalf, collects certain Nonpublic Personal Information (“NPI”) which is submitted by you when you register as a User on the Site. The NPI may include, but may not be limited to:

  • Your name
  • Name of employer
  • Home or office mailing address
  • E-mail address
  • Telephone, cellular and fax numbers
  • Credit card information (for donations)

In addition, when you visit the Site, we may collect technical and navigational information, such as computer browser type, Internet protocol address, pages visited, and average time spent on our Site. This information is gathered through the use of cookies. A cookie is a small data text file that a website server writes to your hard-drive when you visit the Site. A cookie assigns a unique identification to your computer and may be used for security purposes, to facilitate transactions, to personalize the Site, or to gather information about the visit.

When We Disclose Your Nonpublic Personal Information

First Graduate does not disclose NPI to any third party, except for the purposes of providing the Services to you, or as otherwise disclosed in this Policy. Specifically, we may share the NPI that we collect with the following entities:

  • To service providers with whom we subcontract, including those who host and maintain the Sites, fulfillment companies who distribute our materials or handle billing for certain services
  • To government agencies and law enforcement officials, when we are required to do so to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims, or when First Graduate in its sole discretion, believes it is required or appropriate in order to comply with the law
  • We also reserve the right to disclose NPI in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of First Graduate’s Terms and Conditions or other agreements, or as otherwise required or permitted by law. If First Graduate merges with another organization, your NPI will be acquired by that organization.

Disclosures that You Control

If you submit NPI, or other personal information not specifically listed here, to any of our Community Forums or other areas of the Site that can be accessed by Users or others (such as in questions, comments, postings, listservs, email threads or other such places), then your submissions will be public, and First Graduate’s privacy obligations will no longer apply. If you submit NPI directly to one of our service providers, then such submissions are governed by the received service provider’s terms and privacy policy, and not First Graduate’s. Please check the Terms for more information on this subject under the section called “Your Submissions and Activities.”

You should be aware that your User Name may be displayed throughout the Site and therefore may be available to the public. All of your activities on the Site may ultimately be traceable to your User Name. Other people can see your submissions and your postings to publicly-accessible sections of the Site (mainly blog post comments). Therefore, if you associate your given name with your User Name, people who know you will be able to identify your activities and comments on the Site. First Graduate is not responsible or liable for the consequences of this disclosure by you.

How We Use Your Nonpublic Personal Information Within First Graduate

First Graduate uses NPI collected from Users in order to administer the Services requested by you, to make the Site more useful, to respond to your queries, and to inform Users of new products and services offered on the Site. We also may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our servers and administer the Site.

Your Internet Protocol address and information regarding the web pages on the Site that you visit, or that linked to the Site, may also be used to gather broad demographic information, interests, and behavior so that we may better understand our Users. This information may be used, for example, to alert you to software compatibility issues, or it may be analyzed to improve the Site’s design and functionality. First Graduate may share aggregated demographic, product usage, or traffic pattern information for marketing purposes with other organizations, but these statistics will include no NPI. Except as noted above, your NPI will not be shared with other organizations for marketing purposes without your consent.


Although the Site has security measures in place to protect against unauthorized access to and the loss, misuse and alteration of information under our control, we cannot guarantee that such security measures will be sufficient, will not be breached, and that your NPI, Private Information, or other information may not be disclosed or otherwise accessed in an unauthorized manner. Certain information, including NPI and Private Information, may be transmitted by you and to you by unsecured electronic mail. Although it may be illegal to intercept or disclose these messages, these transmissions are not secured.

How to Review and Update Your Information

First Graduate provides methods of updating your information and contact preferences. You may update your information and contact preferences online, or write, or e-mail, us with changes to your information and contact preferences.

Email: [email protected].

Physical address:
First Graduate
3130 20th Street, Suite 275
San Francisco, CA 94110

Opt-Out Policy

You may at any time request not to be contacted by First Graduate. “Opt out” requests should be sent to the address indicated on the materials sent by First Graduate or by replying to the email in which such material was sent.

Linked Websites

The Site provides hypertext links to and framed content from other websites that may be governed by privacy policies that are different from those provided herein. If you leave the Site, or if you are presented with a framed web page that is branded with the marks of a third party, this Privacy Policy will not apply. You should read the privacy policies of websites reached through the use of links or reached through the interactions with framed content on the Site. First Graduate is not responsible for the collection, use, or disclosure of information collected through those websites, and First Graduate expressly disclaims any and all liability related to such collection, use, or disclosure.

Applicable Laws

This Site is published in the United States and is subject to laws of the United States. If you are located in a country outside the United States and voluntarily submit personal information to us, you thereby consent to the general use of such information as provided in this privacy policy and to the transfer of that information to, and/or storage of that information in, the United States.

Revisions to this Policy

As the Site grows and new features are added, or legal requirements change, this Privacy Policy may be amended by posting the amended Privacy Policy on the Site. The amended Privacy Policy, which will apply to all NPI held by First Graduate, will automatically be effective 30 days after it is initially posted on the Site.

Effective Date of Privacy Policy: May 24, 2018.