Privacy Policy

WaysToHelp.org Privacy Policy


Thank you for visiting the Internet web site located at WaysToHelp.org ("Site"), which is operated by Network for Social Responsibility ("NSR" or "we" or "us"), the umbrella organization of WaysToHelp.org. This Privacy Policy details certain policies governing NSR's use of personally identifiable information about users of our Site.  This Privacy Policy is hereby incorporated by reference into the WaysToHelp.org Terms of Use.


Children's Privacy


NSR recognizes the privacy interests of children and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children's online activities and interests.  This Site is not intended for children under the age of 13, and NSR does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13.


Collection and Use of Personal Information


You can generally visit our Site without revealing any personally identifiable information about yourself.  However, in certain sections of this Site, we may invite you to receive additional information, allow you to take advantage of Third Party Features (defined below), submit content, communicate with us, or make a donation.  Due to the nature of these activities, we may collect personally identifiable information that you submit such as your login credentials, name, contact information, age, and name of your school.

We may also use your personally identifiable information to deliver requested information or contact you to fulfill your requests, verify your authority to enter our Site, process your donations and to improve the content and general administration of the Site. Furthermore, if applicable, we may use mailing addresses to send users materials they have requested or to send other information we think our users may find of interest.


We may utilize certain analytical applications to record the IP address and browser type of each visitor to our Site, as well as record the number of visitors to each page, the links they click on, the volunteer opportunities for which they register,  the aggregate number of visitors and volunteers from particular cities, states and/or zip codes, and other information that does not identify individual users.  We may analyze this data for trends and statistics in the aggregate, but such information will be maintained, used and disclosed in aggregate form only and will not contain personally identifiable information.  For example, we may use this information to produce reports on volunteer activity in your area stemming from the use of, or information available, on our Site.


You may also utilize certain features on the Site that are provided and controlled by third party social networking services that are linked to this Site ("Third Party Features").  To use a Third Party Feature, such as "Facebook Connect," you must log into your account on the applicable third party website or through a dialogue box for that website that may be available on our Site.  If you use Third Party Features, you are responsible for configuring your privacy settings for your account on that third party website.


By default, the third party entities that provide Third Party Features place cookies on your machine to help recognize your log-in status and permit you to access the Third Party Features enabled on our Site. The respective sign-in and account configuration processes for these third party websites have privacy settings and policies that let you control your information sharing preferences between our Site and their websites.  These third parties may also place a cookie on your computer so that you will be recognized the next time you log in.  To prevent your computer from accepting these cookies, please follow your Internet browser's steps for doing so.


nformation collected from these third party websites allow us to personalize your experience on our Site so that, for instance, you can return to view activities or causes for which you have volunteered or to see what activities or causes your friends may have volunteered for or have otherwise expressed an interest


Information Sharing, Friend Feed and Public Forums


You may share content from this Site with your friends using Third Party Features provided by third party websites (such as Facebook Connect) and such third party websites may collect, use, disclose, secure or otherwise treat your personally identifiable information as set forth in their own privacy policies.


If you configure the privacy settings in your third party website account related to a Third Party Feature to permit information about certain actions that you take on this Site to be shared with your contacts on that third party website (such as Facebook) as described above, the following types of comments will appear on the third party website in accordance with the privacy settings selected by you, and the same comments may appear on this Site via a Third Party Feature (such as Facebook's "Friend Feed" application or other similar widgets).  These comments will include your first name and may specify, for example, that you have:  


  • Watched,  commented on, and/or submitted a video on Global Warming on WaysToHelp.org
  • Decided to take action, volunteered and/or submitted a grant for a Global Warming project on WaysToHelp.org
  • Requested information on Global Warming from WaysToHelp.org
  • Become a fan of WaysToHelp.org


You may also choose to disclose information, including personally identifiable information, about yourself in comments, message boards and/or user "profiles" for public view or in similar forums on the Site (collectively, "Public Forums"). Information that you disclose in any Public Forum is public information, and you agree that there is no expectation of privacy or confidentiality with respect to such information.


You should be aware that any information, including personally identifiable information, that you authorize to be posted publicly on the Site through "Friend Feed" or other similar widgets or that you choose to submit in a Public Forum can be read, collected and/or used by other users of the Site, including, without limitation, used to send you unsolicited messages. NSR is not responsible for the personally identifiable information that you authorize to be publicly posted through Friend Feed or other similar widgets or that you choose to submit in a Public Forum. Therefore, please be sure that any information that you post in any Public Forum or authorize to be publicly posted through Friend Feed or other similar widgets is information that you are comfortable with sharing with others.


Registering for Volunteer Opportunities


When you click on the link that says "find volunteer opportunities" from any page of this Site, you will be shown content from a third party site such as VolunteerMatch within a frame on our Site ("Third Party Volunteer Opportunity Frame").  The Third Party Volunteer Opportunity Frame provides visitors to our Site with the opportunity to search for volunteer opportunities that match certain search criteria.  To use this feature, you may be asked to register.  The collection, use and disclosure of the information that you submit through any Third Party Volunteer Opportunity Frame, including, without limitation, disclosure of your personally identifiable information, may be made to any organization for which you indicate you may volunteer.


Any information you provide or that is collected through the Third Party Volunteer Opportunity Frame is governed by that third party's own privacy policy which will be accessible through a link contained within the frame.  We provide access to Third Party Volunteer Opportunity Frames as a convenience to you. This feature is not intended as an endorsement of or a referral to any particular organization or service. We recommend that you carefully read the privacy statements, notices and terms of use of any other services, including the Third Party Volunteer Opportunity Frame, with which you interact. We do not have any control over these third parties, and, therefore, we assume no responsibility or liability for the manner in which the organizations collect, use, disclose, secure or otherwise treat your personally identifiable information; however, these organizations may share some of your personally identifiable information with us.


Targeted Promotions


NSR and its partners may deliver promotional information to users while they browse sections of our Site.  The promotional information displayed to a user may depend on anonymous information we collect from a user's computer including, but not limited to, approximate geographic location or the content or context of the web pages being viewed.




We may share your personally identifiable information with third party service providers who may provide services to you or perform other services on our behalf.  For example, we may provide your personally identifiable information to a third party service provider to process your donation.


We may also disclose your personally identifiable information (i) when we reasonably believe we are required to do so by law, or when we deem it appropriate or necessary to provide such information to law enforcement authorities, (ii) to protect and defend the rights or property of NSR, (iii) to enforce the WaysToHelp.org Terms of Use, or (iv) to protect the safety of our employees, agents, volunteers, or users.  We will not sell or transfer your personally identifiable information to any company or organization, except that we may transfer your personally identifiable information to a successor entity upon a merger, consolidation or other corporate reorganization in which NSR participates.




We and the third party social networking services through which you login to this Site may use small text files called cookies to improve the overall Site experience and to remember you when you visit this Site. A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. Cookies generally do not permit us to personally identify you but the cookies will store your user preferences.


You can delete cookies stored on your computer by following the instructions for deleting cookies in your browser; provided, however, some features on our Site can only be accessed with cookies enabled and you should be aware that disabling cookies would prevent you from accessing some features and/or content on our Site.


Links to Third Party Site


The Site may provide links to other Web sites or resources over which NSR does not have control ("External Web Sites"). Such links do not constitute an endorsement by NSR of those External Web Sites.  You acknowledge that NSR is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and further agree that NSR is not responsible for the content of such External Web Sites.  Your use of External Web Sites is subject to the terms of use and privacy policies located on the linked to External Web Sites.


In certain situations, (i) you may be transferred to an External Web Site through a link but it may appear that you are still on this Site, including, without limitation, volunteermatch.org, or (ii) an External Web Site may be co-branded with NSR's trademarks, names and/or logos, including, without limitation, www.waystohelp.practicalmoneyskills.com and www.waystohelp.whatsmyscore.org, but you acknowledge and agree that the respective External Web Site's terms and conditions will govern your use of the products and services offered on or through that External Web Site, and the respective External Web Site's privacy policy will govern the collection, use and disclosure of your personally identifiable information on or through that respective External Web Site.




We employ procedural and technological security measures that are reasonably designed to help protect your personally identifiable information from loss, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction.  NSR uses password protection and other security measures to help prevent unauthorized access to your personally identifiable information.


Privacy Policy Updates


This Privacy Policy is current as of the effective date set forth below. NSR reserves the right to revise this Privacy Policy at any time, and will post notice of the changes and the updated Privacy Policy on this webpage. You are responsible for regularly reviewing the Privacy Policy. Your continued use of the Site after the changes have been posted means that you agree to the new Privacy Policy, even if you have not reviewed the changes. If at any time you choose not to accept the terms of this Privacy Policy, you should not use this Site.


If we make a material (meaning major or significant) change to this Privacy Policy that affects personally identifiable information we collected from you prior to the date of the material change, we will give you the opportunity to decide whether we may use your personal information in this manner.


More Information


If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy please contact us.


This Privacy Policy was last updated Friday November 6th, 2009.


This Privacy Policy is effective as of: Friday November 6th, 2009.