Privacy Policy

Last Updated August 1, 2018

The Equally Blessed Coalition (“Equally Blessed”) strongly believes in protecting the integrity and privacy of personal information gathered from all our donors and supporters regardless of source as well as visitors to our web sites (“End Users”). Since the protection of your privacy is of the greatest importance to us, we have created this privacy policy to communicate our practices regarding the collection and dissemination of personal information that can be linked to a specific individual, such as a name, address, phone number, email address, or any other information, (“personal information”) provided to us by our supporters and by visitors to our web sites (Equallyblessed.org and Churchworkerjustice.org) or social media pages (collectively, the “Sites”).

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully. By visiting and using the Sites, you agree that your use of our Sites is governed by this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Service. We may update this Privacy Policy to reflect changes to our information and privacy practices, and will post a notice on this web site to alert you of the update prior to the change becoming effective. We will also update the “Last Updated” date to reflect the date of the changes. By continuing to use our Sites after we post any such changes, you accept the Privacy Policy as modified. We encourage you to periodically review this page for any changes.

You do not have to share personal information to use the Equally Blessed Sites. Equally Blessed does not collect personal information about people on our Sites without their permission. However, please be aware that our Sites link to a limited number of other web sites and Equally Blessed cannot control and is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of third parties.

Our privacy policy explains the information practices we use at Equallyblessed.org and Churchworkerjustice.org related to:

  • How we collect and use personal information, including information gathered when you use one of our Sites
  • Cookies and Other Tracking Information
  • Children’s Privacy
  • International Audiences
  • How you receive emails, newsletters and other communications from Equally Blessed
  • How we share personal information
  • Your California privacy rights
  • How we protect your personal information
  • How to unsubscribe from mailing lists
  • How to contact us about privacy

How we collect and use the information gathered when you use one of our online services:

We gather personal information, including names, contact information and other information you may voluntarily provide when you contact us through our Sites, contribute to Equally Blessed online or via mail, provide us with information conferences or other events, when you purchase Equally Blessed merchandise online or in-store, when you sign up on one of our listservs, or when you otherwise provide personal information on our Sites. We may also collect information about our supporters from public sources, third party companies, or other organizations, including Call To Action, Dignity/USA, and New Ways Ministry, which we may combine with information from other sources. We use this information to contact you and send you updates, alerts, press releases, information about Equally Blessed programs, events and activities, local volunteer opportunities and donor appeals.

We also may collect or generate aggregate non-identifiable information, such as zip code, city and state, and technical information about how you use our site. In addition, when you visit our Sites, we may collect certain information by automated means, including information sent by your browser that our servers automatically record. This log data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, pages of our Site that you visit, the time spent on those pages, information you search for on our Site, access times and dates, and other statistics.

Equally Blessed also uses information gathered via the Equally Blessed Sites to improve our web-based services, supporter outreach, fundraising, marketing and promotional purposes. Additionally, Equally Blessed uses the information gathered to help you take action in support of LGBTI civil and religious liberties, such as contacting decision makers (e.g. a representative in Congress or a member of the Roman Catholic clergy) and their staff, signing a petition or sharing a message on social media. Equally Blessed periodically performs statistical analyses of aggregate user behavior and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of various areas on our Sites and to use such information to improve on our Sites’ ability to serve you better.

Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies:

Cookies: Equally Blessed uses “cookies” on some web pages. Internet cookies are small amounts of data that contain a unique identifier that many web sites frequently send to your web browser to be stored on your computer’s hard drive in order to save data about you, such as your name, password, user-name, screen preferences, and the pages of a web site you have viewed. When you revisit the Sites, Equally Blessed may recognize you by your Internet cookies and customize your experience accordingly. An End User can configure his or her browser to be alerted when a site is attempting to send a cookie and refuse the cookie. Cookies can also be removed from your hard drive. Depending on what type of web browser and what browser version you are using, you may be able to change the properties on your cookie file so that cookies are not used or saved. Please check with your browser provider for more information on removing cookies.

Equally Blessed also uses IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the web site, track End User movement and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

Tracking: Online tracking is the process of collecting personal information about users over time as they move across different web sites. Equally Blessed may track user information as they move from site to site. Equally Blessed may also permit third parties to track End Users activity on the site, and is not responsible for the privacy practices of any third parties linked to or tracking on its site. Your choices with respect to cookies and other tracking technologies remain as described in this Privacy Policy. Equally Blessed’s Sites do not respond to browser Do-Not-Track settings. Please note that if you disable cookies, certain Site functionality may be limited.

Geolocation data: If you choose to provide location data pursuant to a Location-Based Service feature on our Sites, we may collect and use location data as you provide, or as sent from your device, to provide and improve location-based products and services.

Comments:

When visitors leave comments on the Sites we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and web site in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Embedded Content from Other Web Sites:

Pages on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other web sites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other web site.

These web sites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that web site.

Children’s Privacy:

Equally Blessed’s Sites are not directed to children, and Equally Blessed does not knowingly collect personal information about individuals under the age of 13.

International Audience:

While Equally Blessed’s Sites may be accessible internationally, the Sites and all contents are intended for use by individuals in the United States. Nothing contained on Equally Blessed Sites should be construed as a promotion or solicitation for any personal information outside the United States. If you are a non-U.S. resident, you acknowledge that Equally Blessed’s collection and processing of personal information is subject to United States law, and that any personal information you provide to us shall be transferred to the United States, where the laws and regulations may not provide the same level of data protection rights as in the jurisdiction in which you are located.

How Equally Blessed may contact you:

You may receive communications from us if you have a) expressly signed up to receive emails or other communications from Equally Blessed through the Equally Blessed web site, b) taken action on behalf of Equally Blessed either online or in person; c) signed up to receive Equally Blessed communications at public outreach or other events; (d) become an Equally Blessed supporter or donor; or (e) we receive your contact information from an allied, like-minded or partner organization. Individually identifying information and contact information, such as names, postal and email addresses, phone numbers, social media usernames and other personal information which users voluntarily provide to Equally Blessed may be added to Equally Blessed’s databases and used for future outreach (including physical mailings) regarding supporter outreach, fundraising, marketing, or promotional purposes. We shall only send you text messages when you provide your express consent to receive text messages, and you can opt out at any time. Email newsletters sent contain a link to unsubscribe. You may subscribe or unsubscribe to any newsletter or email communication from Equally Blessed at any time. In order to provide you with better and more relevant information, we compile information about email response and web site usage. This information helps us to better understand our supporters’ web site usage patterns and also what types of content and information may help improve your user experience on the Equally Blessed web site.

How we share information:

Equally Blessed works closely with allied and like-minded organizations, including a broad array of progressive entities, and may occasionally share and receive contact information gathered from supporters with such organizations or parties. Equally Blessed may also share information with trusted third-party vendors who contact you on behalf of Equally Blessed.

Occasionally, Equally Blessed does exchange mail lists to like-minded organizations. From time to time, Equally Blessed may partner with for-profit companies. These organizations are never given direct access to Equally Blessed’s supporter database.

Should you not wish your information to be shared with or sold to other organizations, or to receive offers for supporter benefits, you may opt out at any time by contacting us at our mailing address below, or by emailing us at [email protected]

We also may be required to release information if required to do so by law or if, in our sole discretion, such disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of our web site, Equally Blessed, our officers, directors, employees, supporters, other users, and/or the public. We may also share personal information in the event of an organizational restructuring.

Your California Privacy Rights:

California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits California residents to annually request, free of charge, information about personal information (if any) disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. If applicable, this information would include a list of the categories of personal information that was shared and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to the address below.

How we protect your information:

Equally Blessed is extremely protective of the information gathered through its supporters and Sites. Our Sites have security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of the information under our control. All databases containing personal information are securely stored using third party cloud services and only accessed by authorized Equally Blessed personnel and the personnel of third party cloud providers who store or transmit Equally Blessed data. By using Equally Blessed sites, you consent to the collection, transfer, processing, and storage of your personal data by third party cloud providers as set out in this policy.

When you contribute to Equally Blessed online, we use a secure server and encryption to protect your financial and other personal information during transmission. However, no security defenses can be guaranteed, including the security of your personal information in any network or through online transmissions, and we urge you to use caution when providing any information over the Internet.

How to unsubscribe from outreach lists:

All automated Equally Blessed electronic communication via email provides information on how to unsubscribe quickly and easily. Those wishing to opt out of receiving all communications from Equally Blessed (“do not contact”), or from being included in list exchanges with like-minded organizations (“do not exchange”) or from receiving special offers for Equally Blessed supporters from third party companies (“do not offer”) can simply contact us via [email protected],org, or via phone 1-800-877-8797, or via US mail at PO Box 376, Medford, MA 02155.

How to correct information you have provided:

You may correct and/or change any personal information that you have previously provided to us by contacting us at [email protected] or by calling 1-800-877-8797.

How to contact us about privacy:

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, the information we have collected from you online, the practices of this site or your interaction with this web site, send email to: [email protected]

You can also reach us via U.S. mail or telephone at:

Equally Blessed
PO Box 376
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: 800-877-8797
Fax: 617-716-6507

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