(Updated 12 March 2021)
What personal information may be collected?
The Foundation collects personal information when users voluntarily submit it to us. For example, when you register with the Foundation, we collect personal information, including your name and address. We may also ask for information about your areas of interest to provide relevant resources to better serve your needs. You may choose not to share your geographical information or areas of interest, but we encourage you to do so to receive a more personalized experience with the Foundation.
Unregistered users of the Foundation must provide their e-mail address and name when providing a comment or asking a question.
How will my information be used?
Information provided by unregistered users may be used to follow up on the particular question or comment from the user. Users have the option to register or opt-in to receive additional information or communications from the Foundation.
For registered users, information collected during registration may be used to provide tailored information and resources for each user based on areas of interest and geographical location. Geographical information may be used to provide a customized home page featuring relevant local information and news. Information collected on your areas of interest may be used to provide you with publications and news related to your interests on your personalized home page. Registered users have the option to allow the Foundation to share your personal information with local Extension offices to better serve your needs. You may also choose to receive local Extension newsletters and other communications. To ensure your privacy, you will be provided with a way to unsubscribe from any newsletters you may receive.
Information sharing and disclosure
While browsing the Foundation sites, you may sometimes encounter links to other companies or agencies that are not controlled by the Foundation or its partners. Please be aware that the Foundation is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be cautious when leaving the Foundation sites and carefully read the privacy statements of other websites.
If you make a comment, use a bulletin board or chat room on a Foundation site, you should be aware that any personal information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personal information you choose to submit in these forums.
Access to personal information
If your personal information changes, or if you no longer want to be a part of any Foundation sites, you may correct, update, or deactivate it by making the change on your account information page or by emailing the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may use the Foundation sites without registering. Some features require you to input your name and e-mail address in order to receive follow-up from the Foundation. When you register to use the Foundation sites, you will be asked to share personal information that will allow you to receive a personalized experience on the sites. You may choose not to share information other than your name and e-mail address. We provide you the opportunity to “opt-out” of having your personal information used for certain purposes, including sharing your information with local Extension offices or tailoring your experience based on your geolocation, when we ask for this information.
If you choose to receive local newsletters or other communications and later decide you no longer wish to subscribe, you may opt out of receiving them by following the unsubscribe instructions included in each newsletter.
Some web browsers permit you to broadcast a preference that you not be “tracked” online. At this time, the Foundation does not modify your experience on its sites based upon whether such a signal is broadcast.
The Foundation is committed to protecting the privacy of children. The Foundation will never knowingly request personal information from anyone under the age of 13 without prior verifiable parental consent.
If the Foundation needs, or is required, to contact you concerning any event that involves information about you, we may do so by email, telephone, or mail.
The Foundation is a member-based nonprofit established by Extension Directors and Administrators nationwide. The Foundation is embedded in the U.S. Cooperative Extension System and serves on Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP).