Privacy Policy

Last updated:  April 8, 2019

Your privacy is important to us. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully, because it explains our policies and practices for collecting, using, storing, disclosing, and protecting the information you supply to us on the www. website (the “Site”) operated by Phillips Foundation (“us”, “we”, or “our”). By accessing or using the Site, you agree to accept and comply with this Privacy Policy, as well as our Terms of Use, available here.

Information We Collect

When you visit the Site, we may collect (either directly or through service providers and partners acting on our behalf) the following information from or about you:

  • Identity data, including names, titles, company names, postal addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, gender, and birth dates;
  • Profile data, including usernames and passwords, as well as information about interests, preferences, feedback responses, and how you use our Site.
  • Financial data, including information regarding payments processed in connection with the use of our Site.
  • Technical data, including internet protocol (IP) addresses, internet service providers (ISPs), dates/time stamps, login data, browser type, language, and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in type and version, operating systems and platforms, and other technology on devices used to access our Site.
  • Information we obtain from third parties, such as site or platform providers, that we may be using in connection with our Site;
  • Location information, including information provided by a mobile or other device interacting with our Site (for example, through beacon technologies), or associated with your IP address, where we are permitted by law to process this information;
  • Activity information about how our Site and its services are used by you or anyone you authorize through your account, such as content viewed or posted; preferences; frequency of use; and sources of referrals to our Site;
  • Technical data, including internet protocol (IP) addresses, internet service providers (ISPs), dates/time stamps, login data, browser type, language, and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in type and version, operating systems and platforms, and other technology on devices used to access our Site or open emails we send to you; and
  • Aggregated data, not personal to you, such as statistical information about use of the Site.

How We Collect Information

We collect information when you voluntarily provide it to us in using various features and services on our Site. Such information may be provided when you create or update accounts, when you communicate with us regarding issues related to your use of the Site, when you respond to polls, surveys, or other requests for information, or when you communicate with us or with others through the Site’s public forums, comment sections, or other similar services, including when you provide user-generated content (such as pictures, videos, and text).

We may collect information about you from third-parties, such as hosts of other platforms or websites that we may be interact with in connection with our Site, and from publicly available sources. For example, we may collect information from analytics providers, advertising networks, search engines, providers of technical, payment, and delivery services, and social media sites.

We collect information using the following technologies:

  • “Cookies” are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous, unique identifier. When you arrive at our Site, it will leave a cookie on your computer that helps us and our service providers uniquely identify you. Cookies may also be used to help enable features such as content tailored for you based on your activity on our Site during your past visits to the Site. If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so, but that may adversely affect your experience when you visit our Site. If you choose to provide your contact information, the cookie in that browser is associated with the newly created contact record. (Cookies alone cannot identity a person who has not chosen to provide his or her contact information. Only when you voluntarily provide your contact information can subsequent visits be tied to information about you. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit
  • “Log files” track actions occurring on the Site and collect data, including your IP address, browser type, ISP, referring or exit pages, and date/time stamps.
  • Electronic files such as “web beacons,” “tags,” and “pixels” are used to record information about how you browse the Site.

How We Use Information

We use the information that we collect to provide you with products and services that you request or that are targeted to your interests and preferences; to communicate with you about your use of our Site and any account you have with us; to respond to your inquiries or requests for information or action from us; to give you the best experience possible when you visit our Site; to inform you of initiatives we may pursue; and to help us improve our service and our administration of the Site.

Links to Third-Party Sites

Various parts of our Site, including in particular our Impact Investing Think Tank microsite, contain links to third-party websites. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share information about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for the privacy and security of your information when you link to them. Our provision of links to these third-party websites is not an endorsement of their privacy policies or practices. We encourage you to read the privacy policy of any third-party website you visit from our Site and make your own evaluation regarding the safety and security of your information when you link to that website.

Children’s Privacy

This website is not intended for children under 18 years of age. We do not knowingly or intentionally collect personal information from children through our Site under any circumstance. Please do not allow children to provide such information or participate in the programs and services offered on or through our Site. If you become aware that this has occurred, contact us at the address below to request the deletion of that information.

Do Not Track

Web browsers can transmit Do Not Track (“DNT”) signals that indicate that a user does not wish to have activity tracked. Currently, no universally accepted standard exists for how to interpret such signals. Accordingly, we currently do not alter our Site’s data collection and use practices when we see a DNT signal from your browser.

Your Rights Regarding Your Information

You have the following rights with respect to the information we have collected from you:

  • You may access personal information we hold about you;
  • You may request copies of personal information you have provided to us or request that we transfer this information to a third party, where technically feasible;
  • You may request that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted;
  • You may choose, or change your choices, of services we offer;
  • You may choose whether we may share your personal information with third parties;
  • You may request that your information not be used to contact you;
  • You may request that we delete your personal information from our Site or from any portion of our Site, such as a public forum.

To exercise any of these rights, you may contact us using the contact information provided below. We will respond to your request within a reasonable time and will notify you of the action we have taken.

Please note, however, that we may refuse to delete personal data that we need to comply with a legal obligation or to prosecute or defend a legal claim. We may also keep a minimum amount of personal information on an in-house marketing suppression file to comply with any request from you not to receive marketing information.

Information Security

The security, integrity, and confidentiality of your information are important to us. We have implemented technical, administrative, and physical security measures designed to protect your information from unauthorized access, disclosure, use, or modification. From time to time, we review our security procedures to consider appropriate new technologies and methods.

Please be aware, however, that no transmission over the internet is ever 100% secure, and no information stored electronically is ever 100% immune from attack. Thus, despite our best efforts, we cannot provide any guarantee or warranty regarding the security, integrity, and confidentiality of the information you provide to us.

Information Retention

Generally, we retain your information only for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which you provided it. If you leave a comment on our Site, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely, so that we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. We store the information of users who register on our Site in their user profile. All users can review, edit, or delete their personal information (except their user name) at any time. Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

We will not sell your personal information or device information to any third party.

We may share your information with third-party service providers who may help us with processing information, delivering products and services to you, providing customer service, managing and enhancing user data, assessing your interest in our Site and its services, conducting research or surveys, performing statistical analyses, or providing marketing assistance. You may withdraw your permission for us to share your information with third parties at any time; however, certain portions or features of our Site may not be available or accessible to you without such permission.

We may disclose your information when we reasonably believe that disclosure is necessary to comply with the law, to protect others, to protect the rights, property, and best interests of Phillips Foundation, to enforce our Terms of Use, or to protect our Site users. We may also disclose your information in any other way we may describe when you provide the information, or for any other purpose with your consent.


We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the modified version here. You are responsible for reviewing any updated version of the Privacy Policy. By continuing to access or use our Site after any revisions are posted, you agree to accept and be bound by the revised terms.

Contact Us

To request information, ask questions, make comments, or exercise any of your rights as set forth above under this Privacy Policy, please contact us by email at [email protected] or by U.S. mail at Phillips Foundation, 1400 Battleground Ave, Greensboro, NC 27408

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