Privacy Policy

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice Privacy Policy

Introduction

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice (referred below as “Bend the Arc”) is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization that operates the bendthearc.us website. Our goal is to build a movement of progressive Jews who believe in a just America for everyone.

This policy explains how we protect the personal information of people who use our website. Bend the Arc values and respects the privacy of our members. 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, e-mail address, or any other information, provided to us by our supporters and website visitors.

You do not have to share personally identifiable information to use the Bend the Arc website. Bend the Arc does not collect personally identifiable information about people without their permission. However, please be aware that our site may link to a limited number of other websites and Bend the Arc cannot control and is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of those websites.

How we use the information gathered when you become a supporter of the Bend the Arc or use one of our online services:

We gather contact information when you: contribute to Bend the Arc online or via mail; sign up at a Bend the Arc community or other event to support a program or initiative, or take an action; or sign up online to support a program or initiative, or take an action.  We use this information to send you communications that could include: action alerts; newsletters; information about Bend the Arc programs, campaigns, events, activities and local volunteer opportunities; and, appeals for support.  We also use this information to send you communications on the not-for-profit 501(c)(4) organization Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Inc., including its campaigns, events, activities, local volunteer opportunities, and appeals for support.

Bend the Arc also uses statistical information, which contains no personally identifiable information, gathered via our website to improve our web-based services. Bend the Arc periodically performs statistical analyses of aggregate user behavior and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of various areas on our website and to use such information to improve on our website’s ability to serve you better.

Cookies: Our website use "cookies" that are powered by Blackbaud’s Luminate, a provider of online constituent relationship management services used by many Jewish and Progressive organizations around the country. A cookie is a small piece of data stored on a user’s hard drive but does not itself contain any personal information. Cookies enhance a user experience by saving the user from having to log in or provide information each time he or she re-visits the Bend the Arc website and by customizing content based on a user's interests.

Our website recognizes you in two ways. One way is by cookies, but only if you opt to enable the "Remember Me" checkbox. When you check this box, our website gives you a cookie and remembers you the next time you visit by pre-populating fields with your contact information. The second way our website recognizes you is through the use of personalized links. Emails Bend the Arc sends you through the Luminate email messaging system contain "personalized links" - links to our advocacy campaigns that have a unique string of characters appended to them that is personalized for each member - so that your contact information is pre-populated in the fields of a particular advocacy campaign.

Anyone using Bend the Arc website always has the option of configuring his or her browser to be alerted when the site is attempting to send a cookie and refuse the cookie. Our website tracks user activity and click-through behavior and uses IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the website, track user movement and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

How you receive e-mails and e-mail newsletters from Bend the Arc:

You will receive email newsletters from us if you have: a) signed up for our newsletter at a Bend the Arc event or on our website; b) Take an action through our website on one of our programs or advocacy campaigns; or support Bend the Arc’s work through a donation.

The information we gather from subscribers to our email newsletters (including email addresses) is not shared with other organizations or parties. From time to time when we play a leading role in another organization’s event or if the subject matter is important for you to know about, we may send out emails on behalf of this like-minded organization, but we do not provide them with access to any personal information that you have provided.

In order to provide you with better and more relevant information, we compile information about email response and website usage.  This information helps us to better understand our members’ site usage patterns and also what types of content and information may help improve your user experience on Bend the Arc website.

All emails sent contain a link to unsubscribe or to modify your profile. You may subscribe or unsubscribe to any newsletter or e-mail communication from Bend the Arc at any time.

How we track HTML newsletters:

We make use of both "open-tracking" and "click-tracking" in our HTML newsletters (i.e. emails that contain text and images). Open-tracking allows us to find out how many people have viewed our email newsletters and click-tracking allows us to find out which links in the newsletter were clicked on. This helps us to refine and improve the editorial content of our newsletters, and to provide you with relevant information.

"HTML-sensing" is used to determine if your email client supports HTML-based emails. This is employed only if you request our system to detect whether you can receive HTML emails.

If you have any questions, please email: info@bendthearc.us.

How we protect your information:

Bend the Arc is extremely protective of the information it gathers through its programs, campaigns, organizing work, the mail, and its website. Our website has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of the information under our control. Our web server is located in a locked, secure environment. All databases containing personal information are securely stored on a separate system that is not connected to the Internet.

When you contribute online or by other means to Bend the Arc, we use a secure server and encryption to protect your financial and other personal information during transmission.

Bend the Arc endorses and follows the Donor Bill of Rights – created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals -  a recognized standard for organizations that engage in fundraising for philanthropic purposes. Bend the Arc does not sell its lists – ever. Occasionally, Bend the Arc does exchange mail lists with like-minded organizations through bonded third-party vendors. These organizations are never given information about our membership directly. Information pertaining to the contributions of Bend the Arc supporters is never — under any circumstance — released to external entities for the purpose of list exchanges.

Bend the Arc does not specifically ask children under 18 for any information and we do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information about them. Bend the Arc may from time-to-time ask children under 18 to take part in its education and advocacy efforts relating to its mission as an organization. These instances and any use of personally identifiable information will occur with the consent/participation of a parent/caregiver, or sponsoring organization.

How to unsubscribe from mailing lists:

All email communication provides information on how to unsubscribe quickly and easily. Those wishing to opt out of receiving communications from Bend the Arc ("do not contact"), or from being included in list exchanges with like-minded organizations ("do not exchange") can contact us at info@bendthearc.us, or by calling 212-213-2113, or by US mail at 330 7th Avenue, Suite 1900, New York, NY 10001.

How to correct information you have provided:


You may correct and/or change your personal information through the Bend the Arc website or by contacting us at info@bendthearc.us, or by calling 212-213-2113.

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 website, send email to: info@bendthearc.us.

Changes to the Privacy Policy:

Bend the Arc reserves the right to change this policy at any time, with or without notice. Bend the Arc reviews its Privacy Policy on a periodic basis to ensure its compliance with standards and practices used by organizations that engage in similar work.