© Copyright 2020, VELA Education Fund.
All Rights Reserved.
Effective August 3rd, 2020
VELA Education Fund (“VELA”) recognizes that visitors to our website (the “VELA Site”) should know how we collect, use, and maintain information we collect or may collect about them. VELA is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of the VELA Site and people who communicate with us. This Privacy Statement seeks to help you better understand (a) how we collect and use your information; (b) how we share and protect your information; (c) your choices regarding our use of such information; and (d) your ability to access and correct your information.
A Special Note About Children
We encourage everyone to visit the VELA Site and learn about the VELA. Children, however, are not eligible to register to use the services of the VELA, and we ask that minors not submit any personal information to us. If you are a minor, you may use this service only in conjunction with a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians should become knowledgeable about software and other tools so they can assure that children’s use of the Internet reflects parental preferences and requirements.
If you are a California resident, you may ask us to refrain from sharing your information (whether collected online or offline) with our affiliates for their marketing purposes, if the affiliates are separate legal entities. Please tell us your preference by contacting us as indicated in the “Complaints or Questions” section of this Privacy Statement.
Although the VELA Site has certain security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information you provide, no email or web transmission is completely secure against interception or incorrect routing. Thus, there is always the risk that unauthorized persons may access or use your personally identifiable information. If you are worried because your communication is very sensitive, do not send it electronically. Please consider this prior to submitting any information to us via the VELA Site. You use the VELA Site and send us such information at your own risk.
Although we take reasonable measure to protect your privacy on the VELA Site, we need your help. You have control over your own privacy. Think carefully before providing any personal or financial information online. If you desire to remain anonymous when you write to us or send us submissions you should not tell us your name, the names of other users, or of your friends. To fully protect your privacy, you should try to exclude any information that you think may identify you or others.
How We Collect Information
VELA collects both personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information from you in a number of ways. Personally identifiable information is generally information that identifies you, such as your name, telephone number, postal address, email address, and birth date. Non-personally identifiable information is information that does not personally identify you, including anonymous information and aggregate data. VELA uses this information to understand better how visitors use the VELA Site, research our visitors’ demographics, interests, and behavior, provide visitors with customized services and information, improve our promotional and outreach efforts, and for other similar purposes.
- Personally Identifiable Information
There are certain actions and areas of the VELA Site that require you to provide personal information, which may include: (a) requesting educational materials; (b) joining the VELA Site or creating a user account; (c) submitting a comment; and (d) applying for a VELA educational program.
The personal information we collect may consist or include, but is not limited to, requesting your name, address, phone number, mobile phone number, email address, username, and birth date. By submitting personal information to us, you agree that we may use the information in accordance with this Privacy Statement. We will update this Privacy Statement as we deem necessary. You should be sure to reread this policy in its entirety from time to time.
If you do submit information to us, we will use that information for the purposes for which it was submitted. For instance, if you join the VELA Site and ask to be placed on our email list, we will use your email address to send you alerts and other messages about topics and developments we think may be of interest to you. Likewise, for any web-based educational projects we may collect and use personally identifiable information in connection with such educational efforts. In order for us to convey educational information to you, we may require a user to provide a name, address, phone number, mobile phone number, email address, username, and birth date. Information collected may be used for the promotion of our educational activities.
We may also use your information in other ways, such as to contact you about other activities or as otherwise disclosed to you at the point of collection, and we may share or transfer your information with our affiliates and any other organizations or entities for similar purposes. Additionally, to the extent required by applicable federal or state law, we will provide this information to others. We may share personally and non-personally identifiable information with third parties that help manage the VELA Site and databases, as well as with our affiliates or other third parties.
If you post a comment on the VELA Site, we will post the screen name under which the submission was made. Certainly, any information you include in a posting will be viewable by any visitor to the VELA Site.
If in connection with certain aspects of the VELA Site you provide us with your name, address, phone number, mobile phone number, email address, or username, we may use this information to contact you about issues that we believe may be of interest to you. We may also share or transfer this information to other organizations.
By submitting this information to us, you give us permission to receive it, review it, edit it, store it, post it on the VELA Site, and use it in appropriate settings designed to advance the educational mission of VELA. To protect your privacy, we strongly urge you to not include any identifying information in your submissions.
You should be aware that we use third-party vendors to provide services on the VELA Site and in our offline business operations. The information that you submit on the VELA Site may be provided to those vendors on a confidential basis so that those vendors can provide services (such as maintaining our databases, sending email messages to our visitors, or otherwise facilitating our educational activities) on our behalf.
Please be aware that any personal information you provide in connection with comments you contribute to the VELA Site or any other interactive features we may offer will be visible to other users and visitors to those websites.
Polls, Surveys, Sweepstakes, Giveaways, Contests, and Promotions
VELA may request information from you via online polls, surveys, sweepstakes, giveaways, or contests. Participation in polls, surveys, sweepstakes, giveaways, or contests is voluntary; you have a choice whether or not to disclose information required to enter. Information requested may include personal contact information such as your name, address, phone number, mobile phone number, email address, username, birth date, and/or similar information. We may share this information with our affiliates, vendors, and other organizations or entities. Contact information will be used to notify winners and award prizes. Contact information may also be used to contact you with further information about VELA, as well as the information about third parties whose activities relate to the educational mission of VELA. Survey information, and related information you provide to VELA, may be used for the purposes of monitoring or improving use of and satisfaction with the VELA Site.
Text Messages and Other Points of Contact
If you sign up to receive text messages from us, VELA may collect, store, and use your mobile phone number to send you such messages. We may also collect and store other personally identifiable information, such as your name, address, phone number, mobile phone number, email address, username, and/or similar information you may opt to provide to us. If you provide us with your email address, we may use it to send you email newsletters and updates from VELA. In addition, as noted above, we may share this information with our affiliates, vendors, and other organizations or entities.
Email Newsletters and Updates
If you sign up to receive email newsletters and updates from VELA and its affiliates and/or organizations that aid or share VELA’s educational mission, we may collect, store, and use your email address to send you information from VELA. We may also collect and store other personally identifiable information you give VELA, including but not limited to your name, address, phone number, mobile phone number, email address, username, birth date, and/or similar information you may opt to provide us. If you provide us with your mobile phone number, VELA may use it to send you text messages. In addition, as noted above, we may share this information with our affiliates, vendors, and other organizations or entities to advance VELA’s educational mission.
Facebook Conversion Tracking and Custom Audiences
VELA may use Facebook Conversion Tracking or Custom Audiences to alert you to educational information. If you do not want to receive this information on Facebook, please use the functionality of Facebook to remove the information you do not want to receive.
You may choose to apply for employment, an internship position, or to participate in an educational program with VELA through online application forms we may provide, or by sending us, by email or otherwise, a resume and letter (containing personally identifiable information). Any information you provide to us in this regard may be viewed by VELA and any third parties who assist VELA in recruiting, selection, and similar services for the purpose of evaluating your application and/or responding to your employment-related inquiry. VELA may share any or all of the materials you submit related to job opportunities with its affiliates, other organizations, and third party service providers.
You may decide to contact VELA, by email or otherwise, with other inquiries or to provide feedback. Any personally identifiable information you provide in connection with such inquiries or feedback may be collected and used by VELA for the purpose of processing and responding to your inquiries or feedback.
- Non-Personally Identifiable Information
VELA gathers certain broad information about the use of the VELA Site, including the number of unique visitors, the frequency with which they visit, and the programs and services preferred. We look at the data in summary form, rather than on an individual basis. We gather this information so we can learn how many people visit the VELA Site, see which pages are the most and least viewed, identify which websites are referring visitors to the VELA Site, and related information. The data helps us determine the extent to which visitors use certain parts of the VELA Site. Thus, we use this information to help us in restructuring the VELA Site to better meet the needs of our users.
In connection with these activities we may use some of the below mentioned tools.
Generally, we will not allow third parties to place any cookies, web beacons, or other similar devices on the VELA Site. VELA may allow third parties to place cookies on the VELA Site, such as the below-referenced Google Analytics, in order to improve services VELA provides to advance our educational mission. We do not control devices that may be placed on the VELA Site by third parties. VELA is not responsible for any other websites accessible from or linked to this website, including their privacy policies or information collection practices.
VELA’s use of Google Analytics may include:
Google’s Display Advertising (e.g., Remarketing, Google Display Network Impression Reporting, the DoubleClick Campaign Manager integration, or Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting). Using the Google Ads Settings, you can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads.
Remarketing with Google Analytics to advertise online, which means third-party vendors, including Google, may show VELA’s ads on sites across the internet. VELA and third-party vendors, including Google, use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the VELA Site.
Google Display Network Impression Reporting or the DoubleClick Campaign Manager integration, which means VELA and third-party vendors, including Google, use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to report how VELA’s ad impressions, other uses of ad services, and interactions with these ad impressions and ad services are related to visits to the VELA Site.
Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, which means that VELA may use, to the extent permitted by applicable law, data from Google’s interest-based advertising or third-party audience data (such as age, gender, and interests) through Google Analytics.
We collect and analyze traffic on the VELA Site by keeping track of the IP addresses of our visitors. An IP address is the unique numeric identifier assigned to each computer browser accessing the internet. An IP address, by itself, cannot identify you personally. When combined with other information provided by your Internet Service Provider, however, your IP address can be used to identify the computer originating a message.
How to Update Your Information, Unsubscribe, or Contact Us
We wish to maintain your information accurately, and to allow you to make choices about how we use it. If you wish to review the contact information we have on file for you, correct your contact information, provide a change of address, or inform us how you wish your contact information to be used, please contact our staff. You may contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not want to receive any email from us in the future, click the “unsubscribe” reference in any email we send you. Otherwise, you may email us at email@example.com with the subject line reading “UNSUBSCRIBE” to complete the opt-out process, or send a letter to the below address requesting that we unsubscribe you from our contact lists. Note that absent a specific request your records will remain in our database, but your email address and other information used to contact you will be deactivated.
Modifications to this Privacy Statement
We may amend or change this Privacy Statement at any time. In the event of any material change, VELA will post a clear notice of such a revision to this Policy on the VELA Site or email you such notice at an email address you have provided to VELA.
Complaints or Questions
If you have any questions or concerns about how we have used information we have collected about you, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at:
VELA Education Fund
c/o Website Queries
2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 102 #162
Arlington, VA 22201