Privacy Statement

Thank you for visiting www.seepossibility.org and www.mwsservices.org. We respect every visitor’s right to privacy and are committed to protecting that privacy by adhering to standards of security, fairness and integrity.

Midwest Special Services, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Donor Privacy Policy

Midwest Special Services, Inc. (MSS) respects the privacy of all donors and prospects. We believe in safeguarding personal donor information. Donor names, addresses and any other personal information provided will be used only by MSS to inform donors and prospects of activities including program updates and outcomes, special events, and funding requests. If at any time a donor chooses not to receive these communications, the individual can remove their name from the agency’s mailing list by contacting the Development office.

MSS may publish a list of the names of donors in our annual report which is available on our website. Donors can choose to remain anonymous and will not be published in this report.

Electronic\Paper Personal Records 

Donor information is maintained in a secured database, and only authorized personnel have access to this information and only for appropriate business purposes.

MSS collects and maintains the following types of donor information:

•    Contact information such as name, address, telephone number and email address
•    Giving information
•    Information on events attended, publications received and special requests for program   information
•    Information provided by the donor in the form of comments and suggestions

This confidential information is kept on file for IRS purposes.  It is also used to analyze overall giving patterns in order to make more accurate budget projections, as well as to understand donors’ interests in our mission and to update them on the organization’s plans and activities. 

Mailing Lists

MSS does not rent, sell, give away, or trade our donor lists or any information contained on those lists.  Donor information is used by the agency for charitable purposes only as described above and will not be used by any entity outside of the agency.  To review personal information collected and/or request changes, the Development office should be contacted phone or email.

Authorized Release of Information

MSS may be legally required to disclose information on occasion.  MSS complies with all applicable legal requirements and standards.

Privacy Notice – Last Updated 1/11/2016

We at MSS respect your concerns about privacy and value the trust you have placed in us.   This Privacy Notice describes the types of personal information we collect, how we may use that information, and with whom we may share it.  Our Privacy Notice also describes the measures we take to protect the security of the information.  In addition, we describe the choices you can make about how we use the information you provide to us.  We tell you how you can update your contact information, remove your name from our mailing list, or answer any questions you may have about our privacy practices.

What types of information does MSS collect and use about me and how does MSS use the information?

We collect and use information about you to communicate with you about our products, services, promotions, programs and events, and to customize our communications in those areas. We also collect information to improve your website experience, enable you to make donations to MSS, and enable you to stay informed on legislative issues important to MSS. Here are the ways we obtain information about you and the types of information we obtain. We also tell you how we use the information.

Register for Our Newsletter.  When you ask us to send you our newsletter, you provide us with your email address and/or postal address so we can fulfill your request.

Purchases.  When you order or purchase an MSS product or item at an event, you may choose to give us contact and payment information (such as credit card information) so we may process your order.  When you pay for an MSS product using a credit card, we use your credit card information only to fulfill your order and for other internal purposes.

Contact Us Link.  If you contact us via our website, we may ask you for information such as your name, address and email address so we can respond to your questions or comments.  Unless you consent, we do not retain this information except to respond to your inquiries.

Website. Like many organizations, we use cookies and log files on our website. Cookies are small text files that websites often store on the computer hard drives of visitors to their sites. A cookie contains a unique code, which is used to recognize your computer when a user of your computer returns to a website that was visited previously. Log files are small text files that websites automatically create when a user visits a site. We use cookies and log files to enhance the online experience of our visitors and to better understand how our site is used. Cookies and log files may tell us, for example, whether you have visited our site before or whether you are a new visitor.
 
The “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable existing cookies. Remember, though, without cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of all our website features, such as participating in online games and sweepstakes.

Participate in Contests and Sweepstakes.    When you sign up to participate in one of our contests or sweepstakes, you may provide us with information such as your name or email address.    We may use the information to enter you in the contest or sweepstakes and contact you if you win.  Also, unless you previously asked us not to send you our newsletter, we will add your email address to our newsletter list.   If you do not want to receive information about MSS, you may choose not to participate in our contests and sweepstakes.

Donations.  You also give us contact information and credit card or checking information so we can process your donation. We use this information for that purpose and to customize our communication with you.

Other Ways We May Use Information to Provide Services.  You may provide us with survey information to help us learn more about your preferences.  We maintain information you provide to us in our database to provide you with the information, goods or services you have requested.

How does MSS update its Privacy Notice?

MSS’s products, services, promotions and programs will change over time.   This Privacy Notice will be updated periodically to reflect those changes and corresponding changes in our information practices.  Whenever we revise this Privacy Notice, we will change the date on the notice to indicate when the revisions were made.  We reserve the right to change our information practices and the terms of this Privacy Notice, and to apply the changed practices to all information we have about you.

Does the MSS website contain links to other websites?

The MSS website may contain links to other websites that operate independently of MSS and are not under our control.   We provide links to those sites solely for your convenience and information.  Those sites have their own privacy notices, which we suggest you review if you visit any linked sites.  MSS is not responsible for information that is provided by those sites or for any other use of the sites.

How can I update my contact information?

Please email us to indicate that you would want to change the contact information we have for you. Please email us from the email address we would have on file so we can verify ownership.

Email us at sbrumbaugh@mwsservices.org.

Will I receive email from MSS?

We will send you email if you have provided us with your email address and have asked us to communicate with you this way.

What if I prefer not to receive communications from MSS?

Please email us to indicate that you would like to unsubscribe from our mailings or call us at 651-793-4126. Please email us from the email address we would have on file so we can verify ownership.

The Donor Bill of Rights *

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I.    To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
II.    To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
III.    To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
IV.    To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
V.     To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
VI.    To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
VII.   To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
VIII.  To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
IX.    To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
X.     To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.