Privacy Policy

We are committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of our donors, advisors, nonprofit partners, and vendors. We value the trust you place in us by stewarding your generosity and take very seriously our responsibility to safeguard the integrity of the information you provide us at owned and operated by Community Foundation Santa Cruz County. Our privacy policy is designed to help you understand how we protect your information while maintaining excellent service. This Privacy Policy describes how CFSCC collects, uses, shares and secures the personal information you provide. It also describes your choices regarding use, access, and correction of your personal information.

If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact us at, subject line: privacy policy.

What information do we collect?

If you are a fundholder or planned giving client, CFSCC will request that you provide personal information to us. This information includes, but is not limited to your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, fund name, fund number, date of birth and the last four digits of your SSN. If you open a fund using a credit card, we will also collect your billing information such as your credit card number and billing address. Upon request, CFSCC will provide you with information about whether we hold any of your personal information.

If you are a grantee, community partner, or vendor, CFSCC may request your organization’s name, address, tax EIN number, and bank routing number, and account number in order to process Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments

If your information changes or if you no longer desire our service, you may access, correct, update, or delete it by contacting us. We will respond to your request within a reasonable timeframe. We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services, please contact us at

What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

We use your information to help us tailor and continually improve your experience on our donor and applicant sites. We use your information in the following ways:

  • Responding to your inquiries

  • Communicating with you about your account, submissions or transactions

  • Communicating with you about upcoming events

  • Sending you newsletters, mailings and information about our initiatives and events via email or another medium

  • Processing your donation, competitive grant/scholarship application or grant recommendation request

  • Event registration

  • Performing statistical, demographic, and marketing analysis of our online users

  • Personalizing content and experiences on our online system

What is the information you share with the public?

CFSCC adheres to the highest standards of ethical practices in our operations and is dedicated to protecting the privacy of all our online users.

Under IRS Code, the following foundation documents are public information:

  • IRS Forms 990 and affiliated schedules;

  • Exemption letter from the IRS;

  • Approved application for exemption with supporting documentation.

  • Lists of our donors are not available to the public. We do not reveal the name of anonymous donors to the recipient of a grant.

How do we protect your information?

Your information is considered to be private and will be used for internal purposes only. We will also use this information to confirm that you are authorized to receive information about your fund(s) and/or we may send you information, pursuant to your request, to the location(s) indicated by you. We restrict access to your personal information to those employees, agents, and parties who process your requests and transactions and provide you with our services. All of our employees and Board of Directors sign a non-disclosure agreement annually.

Under no circumstances will we share, loan, barter, or sell information about you or your fund to any third party without your written consent except in ways described in this privacy policy. If you authorize us in writing to provide your information to a trusted third party such as your accountant or attorney, we will oblige.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

No, CFSCC does not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. Here are the privacy policies for:

When a user elects to add third party information, such as participants on our website and service when you establish a fund (recommender, successor, financial advisor, interested parties like an assistant, accountant, tax advisor, or other person), we require third party personal information including name, email, address, date of birth and phone for authorization purposes. This third party personal information is not used for any secondary or unsolicited purposes. Third party may contact us directly to request that we remove this information from our database.

How do you protect my information online?

CFSCC recognizes the importance of maintaining a secure and safe online environment. In order to do so, we and our data management system Foundant use a secure industry-standard SSL-encryption server that protects all data transmission before you send it to us.

Links to Other Sites

As a service and convenience to you, we will provide links to other websites that we think may be of interest to you in your philanthropic planning. Please be aware that once you leave our website and enter another website, you may be subject to different privacy practices and policies over which we have no control. Please exercise caution when disclosing personal information on those sites.

Testimonials & Photos

We display photos and personal testimonials of satisfied clients and grantees on our site in addition to other endorsements. With your consent we may post your photo or testimonial along with your name. If you wish to update or delete your photo or testimonial, you can contact us directly.


Our website offers publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us directly.

Do you use cookies?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a website or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser, if you allow it. Cookies enable the websites or service provider systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information about your use of the website. We use cookies to compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. Users can control the use of cookies at the individual browser level. If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some features or areas of our site may be limited.

Do you use other tracking technology?

Yes. We use Google Analytics to help analyze trends, administer the site, track users’ movements around the site, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. Information recorded includes how you arrived at our site (e.g., the URL you came from or if you arrived from another site), your network name, your browser type, which type of Internet browsing device you are using, the country, state, and city where your server is located and the pages viewed during your visit to our site.

Our site also uses two specific Google Analytics features: Google Analytics Demographics and Interest reports. These features generate information about a user’s age, gender and interests from Google’s interest-based advertising or third-party audience data to improve services on this website. This information is tracked using Google’s DoubleClick cookie.

Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this website is restricted by the Google Privacy Policy. To provide website visitors more choice on how their data is collected by Google Analytics, Google has developed an Opt-out Browser add-on, which is available by visiting Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on, to enable you to opt-out of Google’s programs.

Your Consent

By using our Site, you consent to our privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page and/or update the Privacy Policy modification date here: This policy was last modified on March 21, 2022.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the information here.

If you have any questions please email us or call 831.662.2000.