Our Privacy Policy
effective 11/15/04

Personal contact information we collect and what we do with it When you are making a donation, expressing an interest in referring grant recipient, or contributing to our guest book, we ask you for personal contact information, including your name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. We will use this contact information to provide you with information or resources you have requested, such as information about The Weber Foundation of Helping Hands, Inc., (hereinafter, the “Foundation”), a receipt, or a financial report, or we will use your information to contact you to clarify or verify other information, such as a donation you made or a grant recipient that you have referred.

We will not add your name and contact information to any mailing lists other than the Foundation’s mailing lists, without your prior knowledge or express permission. In other words, we will always ask or inform you before adding you to a mailing list. If we do not, you will not be added. If you would prefer not be added to one of our mailing lists, such as our e-mail newsletter list or regular mailing list, then we ask that you submit an e-mail to the Foundation Administer requesting that you name be deleted from our database.

Personal contact information is not shared with any organization outside of the Foundation and our agents (reputable companies we use for services, such as shipping and printing). We have contracts to protect your privacy with all of our agents. In some cases, when you wish to refer a grant recipient, make a donation, or ask for local information, your contact information may be passed on to company or service responsible for distributing information for us. That company is prohibited by contract from use your information in connections with any other company or group.

Personal billing information we collect and what we do with it

In addition to personal contact information, we ask for billing information, such as your billing address and credit card number, when you make a donation or purchase a product. We use secure servers to gather and process your billing information. These secure servers are hosted by our agent, which is bound by our site policies. Your billing information is not shared with any other organizations, and your credit card number is not retained once your transaction has been authorized and processed.

Other contact information we collect and what we do with it

In some instances, we ask for contact information for people other than yourself – for example, e-mail addresses of friends to whom you wish to send a copy of one of our pages or the mailing address of someone you wish to have us notify of a donation you have made. Such contact information is added to our internal mailing list but is not shared with any other organization.

How to change your information

With the exception of credit card numbers, which are not retained, you can request changes to all the information you have given us, including any mailing lists you may be on, by contacting the Foundation Administrator either by e-mail: theweberfoundation@comcast.net or by sending a letter to The Weber Foundation of Helping Hands, Inc., P.O. Box 863, Melrose, MA 02176.

Your IP address, cookies, and plug-ins

For each visitor to our Web site, our Web server automatically recognizes the visitor's IP address (no personally identifiable information, such as e-mail addresses, are automatically recognized by our server). We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Web site. Your IP address may also be used to gather broad demographic information. Occasionally, we may use session cookies to improve content, provide easier access, and understand how visitors use our Web site. Session cookies are also used to support our e-commerce pages. These cookies persist on your system for the duration of your browser session only. Our Web site does not offer stand-alone or plug-in applications that report individually identifiable information back to us or to any other organization.

Links to other sites

This site contains links to other sites, including ones that gather personal contact information, such as Guide Star and Impact Auctions. The Foundation is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites. However, any personal information obtained by us through other sites is treated as if it was gathered on our site, and our privacy policy applies.

Grant Recipients

With respect to Grant Recipients, the Foundation only collects personally identifiable contact information for use in evaluating the grant request. Information gathered as part of the Grant Request is considered confidential, released only to specific, authorized personal within the Foundation and is not released to third parties. Such information is used expressly in the assessment of grant eligibility and will not be shared in any other way or with any other third parties.

Information regarding Grant Recipients is contained on our web site and includes pictures, descriptions of the grant, and information regarding any Guardian Angels who assist the Foundation with the grant. All Grant Recipients are required to sign a release authorizing the use of their information, picture and identity. In certain circumstances, the Foundation may withhold the identity of a Grant Recipient and/or information about the recipient when the Directors determine that it is in the best interests of the Grant Recipient that the information not be released to the general public. Any privacy concerns regarding a Guardian Angel, Grant Recipient, or other person involved in the evaluation of any grant should be addressed to the Foundation Administrator and every effort will be made by the Foundation to honor such requests.

Our Security Policy

Financial transactions and our secure servers

All financial transactions on our Web site, specifically online donations and online purchases, are managed through our agents. All transactions use an encrypted channel, take place on secure servers, and occur in real time. No financial data, such as your credit card number, is transferred via a less-secure channel, such as encrypted e-mail, for processing. Moreover, once your transaction has been completed, your credit card number is not retained.

Our Web Site User Agreement

By viewing and/or using this Web site, you are agreeing to all of the terms and conditions explained below.

1. This World Wide Web site with its home page in the domains "wish.org" and "makeawish.org" (the "Web site") is a complimentary information service offered by the Weber Foundation of Helping Hands Inc. Foundation of America ("The Foundation") at no charge to you as a user of the World Wide Web, with the express condition that you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in this User Agreement. The Foundation reserves the right to change these terms and conditions any time, and you must consult the most recent version of this User Agreement (not an older cached version) each time you view the Website. Do not use the Website if you do not agree to all of the following terms and conditions.

2.You agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth under the Service Marks, Copyright, and Hyperlinks sections of this Site Notice.

3.You acknowledge that the information on the Web site is provided "as is" for general information only. The Foundation makes no warranties of any kind regarding this Web site, including but not limited to any warranty of accuracy, completeness, currency, reliability, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, or any warranty that these pages, or the server that makes them available, are free of viruses or other harmful elements, and such warranties are expressly disclaimed.

4.You agree that you will hold harmless The Foundation and its officers, directors, and employees from all claims arising out of or related to your access or use of, or your inability to access or use, this Web site or the information contained in this Web site or other websites to which it is linked, including but not limited to claims that you have found something you have heard, viewed, or downloaded from this Web site or another Web site to which it is linked to be obscene, offensive, defamatory, or infringing upon your intellectual property rights. In no event will The Foundation or the contributors of information to this Web site be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on such information or for any consequential, special, or similar damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

5.You acknowledge that opinions and recommendations contained in this Web site are not necessarily those of The Foundation or endorsed by The Foundation.

6.The Foundation may provide links on the Web site to other Web sites which are not under the control of The Foundation. These links are provided for convenience of reference only and are not intended as an endorsement by The Foundation of the organization or individual operating the Web site or a warranty of any type regarding the Web site or the information on the Web site.

This Web site (excluding linked sites) is controlled by The Foundation, which is headquartered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America. It can be accessed from all 50 states, as well as United States Territories and other countries around the world. As each of these places has laws that may differ from those of Massachusetts, by accessing this Web site both you and The Foundation agree that the statutes and laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard to conflicts of law principles thereof, will apply to all matters arising from or relating to use of this Web site. You and The Foundation also agree and hereby submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in and for the County of Middlesex, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts with respect to such matters. The Foundation makes no representation that materials on the Web site are appropriate or available for use in other locations, and accessing them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to access this Web site from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

Our Service Marks

All uses of Weber Foundation of Helping Hands Inc. Foundation of America service marks, both registered and common law, must be approved in writing by the Weber Foundation of Helping Hands Inc. Foundation of America. Inquiries may be directed to theweberfoundation@comcast.net.
The marks:
The Weber Foundation™ The Weber Foundation of Helping Hands, Inc. ™


The works of authorship contained in this Web site, including but not limited to all design, text, and images, are owned or licensed by The Weber Foundation of Helping Hands, Inc., and may not be copied, reproduced, transmitted, displayed, performed, distributed, rented, sublicensed, altered, stored by subsequent use, or otherwise used in whole or in part in any manner without our prior written consent, except that you may make such temporary copies in a single computer's RAM and hard drive cache as are necessary to browse the Web site, and you may make one permanent printout of each page of the Web site (unmodified in form, with a copy of this Site Notice attached) to be used by you for personal and non-commercial uses that do not harm the reputation of The Weber Foundation of Helping Hands, Inc.

Our Policy Regarding Hyperlinks

You may provide a hypertext link to this Web site on another Web site, provided that:
(a) the link must be an active, text-only link (you may NOT use our logo without prior written approval) clearly marked "The Weber Foundation of Helping Hands, Inc.";
(b) the link must "point" to the URL "http://theweberfoundation.com" and not to other pages within the Web site;
(c) the link, when activated by a user, must display this Web site full-screen and not within a "frame" on the linked Web site;
(d) the appearance, position, and other aspects of the link may not be such as to disparage the Weber Foundation of Helping Hands Inc. Foundation of America or its services, damage or dilute the goodwill associated with the Weber Foundation of Helping Hands Inc. Foundation's name and service marks, or to create the false appearance that an entity other than the Weber Foundation of Helping Hands Inc. Foundation is associated with or sponsored by the Weber Foundation of Helping Hands Inc. Foundation;
(e) the link will not appear on pages including content which the Weber Foundation of Helping Hands Inc. Foundation of America finds in its sole discretion to be objectionable or which includes obscene, pornographic, violent, intolerant, tasteless, denigrating or sexually oriented content or materials; and
(f) the Weber Foundation of Helping Hands Inc. Foundation reserves the right to revoke its consent to the link at any time in its sole discretion by amending this Site Notice. You acknowledge and agree that you are responsible for keeping up with any such changes.

All other hypertext links to this Web site must be approved in writing by the Weber Foundation of Helping Hands Inc. Inquiries may be directed to theweberfoundation@comcast.net.

Use of a hyperlink does not indicate or create any endorsement, approval, sponsorship or affiliation of or with your website by the Weber Foundation of Helping Hands Inc. This permission to hyperlink is provided without warranties of any kind, express or implied, including without limitation, warranties of title of non-infringement.

The Weber Foundation of Helping Hands Inc., reserves the right to take action against any use of its service marks or any links to its website that do not conform to the conditions herein, or that infringe any intellectual property or other rights of the Weber Foundation of Helping Hands Inc. Foundation of America.

Thank you for taking the time to review our Privacy Policy and User Agreement. The Weber Foundation of Helping Hands Inc. Foundation is very concerned about privacy and safety online. If you have any questions about these policy statements, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact at theweberfoundation@comcast.net.