Privacy Policy

Guiding Eyes for the Blind has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our Web site. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Web site located at the URL donate.guidingeyes.org.

In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Use. Guiding Eyes for the Blind reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our Site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.

Guiding Eyes For The Blind is a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation. Our mission is to enrich the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity. The many purposes of this web site include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Provide information to the general public about Guiding Eyes’ mission;
  2. Provide information to those who might have need of our services;
  3. Assist those who wish to apply for a Guiding Eyes’ dog;
  4. Solicit volunteers to support Guiding Eyes’ programs including puppy raisers;
  5. Solicit contributions to support Guiding Eyes’ programs;
  6. Provide a merchandise opportunity for Guiding Eyes’ products, the proceeds of which helps support Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Because we want to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, this Privacy Policy notifies you of;

  1. What personally identifiable information of yours is collected through the Site;
  2. Who collects such information;
  3. How such information is used;
  4. With whom your information may be shared;
  5. What choices you have regarding collection, use and distribution of your information;
  6. What kind of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control;
  7. and, How you can correct any inaccuracies in your information.

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to Guiding Eyes for the Blind by sending an email to kmcclure@guidingeyes.org. Please reference this Privacy Policy in your subject line.

INTERNET PROTOCOL ADDRESS:

We collect an IP address from all visitors to our Site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our Site, analyze trends, track users’ movement, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the site, and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

USE OF “COOKIES”:

Our Site may use cookies to enhance your experience while using our Site. Cookies are pieces of information that some Web sites transfer to the computer that is browsing that Web site and are used for record-keeping purposes at many Web sites. Use of cookies makes Web-surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords, your personal preferences regarding your use of the particular Web site and to make sure you don’t see the same ad repeatedly. Many consider the use of cookies to be an industry standard.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our Site will not function properly when you view them.

SECURITY:

All information provided to Guiding Eyes for the Blind is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our Site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.

TELL-A-FRIEND:

If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our Site, we ask them for the friend’s name and email address. Guiding Eyes for the Blind will automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting them to visit the Site. Guiding Eyes for the Blind stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email.

OTHER WEB SITES:

Our Site contains links to other Web sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another Web site for which Guiding Eyes for the Blind has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.

CONTACTING THE WEB SITE:

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, you can contact:

Guiding Eyes for the Blind
611 Granite Springs Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
800-942-0149

You can also send an email to: kmcclure@guidingeyes.org

INFORMATION YOU GIVE US

We know that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we want to keep your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly. This notice describes our privacy policy. By visiting our site, you are accepting the practices described in this privacy notice. From time to time, we may modify this policy, so please review it periodically for changes.

It is important to know that you can visit the Guiding Eyes for the Blind site without telling us who you are and without revealing any information about yourself.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind may collect anonymous information about users who visit our site and compile this anonymous information for statistical analysis. For instance, we may use it to determine usage patterns so we know which parts of our site are popular.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind collects personally identifiable information only when you voluntarily provide it to us on our site, such as when you register, sign up to receive emails, make purchases or donations, or complete applications. You can choose what information you give us, but you may not be able to access certain features on our site as a result.

Our registration forms require users to give us contact information that may include name, email address,format preference (HTML vs. Text), address, interests, and similar information.We do not request or store sensitive information from our visitors, such as credit card or social security numbers.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind will use your information for the purpose for which you give it to us (e.g., to complete a Guiding Eyes Store purchase, donation, volunteer or admissions application). We may also use this information to send you occasional postal or electronic mailings, unless you have directed us not to.

You have the right at any time to “opt out” of receiving marketing information that Guiding Eyes for the Blind sends you by unsubscribing to our mailing list. You may do so during the registration process or you may contact Guiding Eyes for the Blind at kmcclure@guidingeyes.org to indicate your preferences.

Please note that if you become a contributor, your information may be shared with other nonprofit organizations. Guiding Eyes for the Blind never sells our donor names, but from time to time we do exchange with other non-profit organizations in order to allow us to maintain funding levels. If you do not want your information to be exchanged with other non-profit organizations, please email kmcclure@guidingeyes.org.

SECURITY

Guiding Eyes for the Blind strives to keep your information secure and safeguard it from unauthorized access by using firewalls to protect our servers and virus/intrusion detection software. However, no transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed 100% secure, so you provide your information at your own risk.

LINKS

This site may include links to other web sites that may be of interest to you. Links are provided only as a convenience and do not imply any endorsement of another site. Once you access another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of that website.

CHILDREN

Guiding Eyes for the Blind may have specific information on our website that may be of interest to children. We encourage parents to participate in their child’s experience on the web.

We do not sell products to children. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), you may order our products only with the involvement of a parent or guardian.

COPYRIGHT

All content included on this site, including but not limited to, text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software, is the property of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and protected by United States and international copyright laws.

TRADEMARKS

Marks indicated on our site are registered trademarks of Guiding Eyes for the Blind including licensors, in the United States and other countries.

REVIEWS, COMMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS & OTHER CONTENT

Visitors may post reviews, comments and other content, submit suggestions, ideas or comments, questions so long as the content is not illegal, obscene or threatening or defamatory and does not contain software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters or any form of “Spam”. You may not use false e-mail addresses or impersonate any person or entity. Guiding Eyes for the Blind reserves the right to remove or edit such content in its sole discretion.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Guiding Eyes for the Blind attempts to be as accurate as possible. However, Guiding Eyes for the Blind does not warrant that descriptions or other content of this site are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free.

LICENSE AND SITE ACCESS

We grant you a limited license to access and make personal use of this site and not to download (other than page caching) or modify this site, or any portion of it, except with express written consent of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Any abuse of this website will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

This site is provided by Guiding Eyes for the Blind on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Guiding Eyes for the Blind makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of this site or the information, content, materials, products or services included on this site. You expressly agree that your use of this site is at your sole risk. To the full extent permissible by applicable law, Guiding Eyes for the Blind disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Guiding Eyes for the Blind does not warrant that this site, its servers, or e-mail sent from Guiding Eyes for the Blind are free of viruses or other harmful components. Guiding Eyes for the Blind will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of this site, including, but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, punitive and consequential damages. Certain state laws do not allow limitations on implied warranties or the exclusion or limitation of certain damages. If these laws apply to you, some or all of the above disclaimers, exclusions, or limitations may not apply to you, and you might have additional rights.

APPLICABLE LAW

By visiting this web site, you agree that the laws of the State of New York, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these conditions of use and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and Guiding Eyes for the Blind or its affiliates.