Privacy Policy

Foundation Privacy Policy

Last modified: February 2022


The University of Louisville Foundation, Inc (the “Foundation”) wants to share with you important information regarding the privacy and confidentiality of your information that may be collected or accessed when you visit the collection of webpages using the internet address (collectively, the “Website”). The Website may include services or support provided by third parties (See “Use of third party services” later in this privacy statement.) We are strongly committed to transparency and to providing an excellent online experience, while taking appropriate steps to protect the privacy of the information you share with us. This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy” or “Policy”) describes the way in which your personal information may be collected, and how it is secured and used. By using the Website, you consent to the information collection practices described in this Policy and to any later changes to this Policy (see “Privacy Policy changes” at the end of this Policy).

The Foundation is not responsible for the content of other websites or for the privacy practices of websites outside the scope of this notice. This Policy does not apply to information collected by any third party, including through any application or content that may link to or be accessible from the website.

Children’s online privacy protection

If you are under the age of 13, you are not to use this Website. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to the website. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you are a minor between the ages of 13 and 18, you may use the site only in conjunction with your parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult. These age restrictions are necessary to ensure compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). For details see 15 U.S.C. §§ 65016506 (Pub.L. 105–277, 112 Stat. 2681-728, enacted October 21, 1998).

Data Use

The data we collect helps us understand how visitors use our Website for the purpose of providing quality services to visitors to our Website, and aids in managing and improving our services available to our visitors. It also assists us in keeping you informed about news, events and opportunities at the Foundation, as well as important changes to the Website, new services and offers we think you will find valuable. We use personal information for purposes of administering our business activities, managing your relationship with us, providing customer service, and making products and services available to our customers and prospective customers. With your consent, the Foundation or some university departments may contact you using text messaging (SMS). Details about such situations will be provided at the time of obtaining your consent to this method of communication. We do not sell the information we gather from individual visitors to our Website to any entities, groups or third parties. We may, however, with appropriate safeguards, use third parties to assist us in evaluating how visitors use our Website and how we can improve them as well as assist us in communicating with those who have visited our Website or have requested information or services from the university.

In order to provide visitors to the Website with the requested services and information, we may collect via request(s) for information and other similar inquiries such personal information as:  interest, name, email address, phone number, state and/or country, previous education and military status. Additionally, the Foundation’s web servers routinely record the following information each time the sites are visited:

  • Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer being used
  • Web pages requested
  • Network software access
  • Referring Web page
  • Browser used
  • Date, time and duration of activity
  • Type of device (desktop, mobile)

If you are a registered user of the Foundation Website and have supplied your email address and consent to be contacted by email, the Foundation may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with the Foundation and the focus of a particular webpage within our Website. We expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request for information or services via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms, we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Should we publish your request to help others, we will not publish your email address or name except to other authorized users of university computing services. 

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through a contact form on the Website, this information may be collected and used by others, as well as stored on the Website’s web server. NEVER COMMUNICATE YOUR FINANCIAL OR OTHER SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION (SUCH AS A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, CREDIT CARD OR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER OR GOVERNMENT ISSUE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER) TO US WITHIN OUR THE MESSAGE PORTION OF OUR CONTACT FORM, EMAIL, VOICE MEMO OR OTHER UNSECURED COMMUNICATION.

Although the Foundation takes measures reasonably calculated to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally identifying and personally-identifying information, we cannot guarantee the absolute privacy of such information in today’s ever-evolving environment of cyber risk.

Use of third party services

We may share your information with third-party service providers for the purposes of communicating with you regarding our programs and services, or to facilitate improvement of our services, our Website, or to help us provide services to the foundation community (e.g. software/information technology providers), or to process a philanthropic gift (see below “Giving Portal”).

Some pages within the Website may contain content that is provided by external third parties who supply graphics, logo or script embedded with a link to an external website or webpage. When you visit one of our webpages that contain this third party content, information related to your visit to such content, such as your IP address, date, browser and requested page, may be transmitted to that third party. Our Website may contain links to external third parties in order to provide certain services or products to you. The Foundation is not responsible for the privacy practices of these external third parties. While we request these third parties to protect your information, we do not make any representations about the practices and policies of these third parties. These third parties are not subject to this Privacy Policy. When you click a link to a third-party website, you are leaving our Website ( and are no longer subject to our Privacy Policy.  Likewise, we do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an external third party advertisement or other content, you should contact the responsible provider directly.

Although we share a joint mission, the University of Louisville Foundation is separate from the University of Louisville, Inc., which publishes its own Privacy Statement. Please refer to the Privacy Statement of the University of Louisville, Inc. to understand how its websites collect and handle personal identifying information.

Giving Portal

The Foundation has partnered with a third party, Blackbaud, Inc. (“Blackbaud”), to provide users of our Website with convenient access to an online web portal for providing a financial gift to the Foundation. If you use this online gift-giving feature, you will leave our Website and be connected directly to Blackbaud’s online web portal and web servers where you will be asked for the information necessary to process your financial gift.  Blackbaud, not the Foundation, is responsible for maintenance of this online gift-giving portal and the web server(s) that support the portal and its financial processing functions. The financial and other personal information you supply on the gift-giving portal is not stored on the web server for this Website. The Foundation requires Blackbaud, and any other third parties providing the Foundation with financial transaction services, to protect the privacy and security of the personal information they collect online from you by using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. The SSL protocol encrypts the personal information supplied for processing your gift, including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be read in plain text over the internet. Nevertheless, the Foundation cannot and does not guarantee the privacy or security of the web server, portals, webpages or other technology used by Blackbaud or other third parties. Before you submit your personal and financial information via the online gift-giving portal, you should look for and carefully read the privacy statement of Blackbaud, and any third party that Blackbaud, Inc. indicates is involved in processing your financial gift.

Website Visitors

As noted above, the Website collects identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the IP address, browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The Foundation’s purpose in collecting this information is to better understand how visitors use our Website and to improve our Website (e.g., what browsers are being used to access our Website.)

Aggregated Statistics

The Foundation may collect aggregated statistics or aggregated information about the behavior of visitors to our Website. The Foundation may display or disclose this information publicly or provide it to others without restriction. However, the Foundation does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. Our Website uses tools, including Google Analytics (a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.), to monitor, evaluate and improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of the site. Google Analytics uses cookies to collect usage information of the site. We do not share any specific information or personal information about a particular user with Google. For example, Google Analytics uses cookies to collect usage information of the site.  Providers of analytical services (who provide information about how visitors are using our web pages) may assist us in matching website visitors with individuals who subsequently communicate with the Foundation to enable us to improve the usability and effectiveness of our web pages.

Cookies and Web Beacons

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. The primary purpose of the cookies on our Website is for convenience in saving you time. The cookie tells the web server that your web browser has returned to a specific webpage enabling the information previously supplied to be readily retrieved, simplifying the process of loading webpages to your browser. Most web browsers allow a user to disable or decline to accept cookies, but doing so can cause webpages to load more slowly or prevent you from fully experiencing any interactive features of a webpage on the Website.

Our Website also uses web beacons, also knowns as tracking pixels or pixel tags, in combination with cookies. Web beacons are images (often invisible) that are part of a webpage. Web beacons allow us to count users who have visited certain webpages within our Website and to generate statistics about how our Website is used and Website users’ access preferences. They are not used to access personally identifiable information. Unlike cookies, you cannot decline web beacons.

The Website uses cookies to help the Foundation identify and track visitors, their usage of the Foundation website, and their website access preferences. Website visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using the Website, with the drawback that certain features of the Foundation website may not function properly without the aid of cookies and you may be unable to access certain parts of our website.

Third Party Cookies

The cookies that our Website uses, as described above, are called “First Party Cookies.” “Third Party Cookies” are used by a third party, such as an advertiser, marketer or social media platform, for purposes of collecting information on website visitors. The information Third Party Cookies collect may include personal information and information about your online activities over time and across different websites and other online services. These third parties may use this information to provide you with interest-based (behavioral) advertising or other targeted content.

The Foundation does not have any control over how a third party uses its Third Party Cookies or other tracking technologies to collect your personal information or to track your internet browsing activities, even if you are directed to the third party’s website or social media platform from our Website.

If you do not want to be tracked by Third Party Cookies, do not click on third party advertisements, social media platform buttons or other marketing links. You may be able to opt out of receiving certain targeted ads by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other content that appears to be targeting you based on your browsing activities, you should contact the provider of the advertisement or other content.

Collection of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to our Website choose to interact in ways that result in the Foundation gathering personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that is gathered depends on the nature of the interaction. In each case, the Foundation collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the website and to improve the usability and effectiveness of our web pages. The Foundation does not disclose personally identifying information to others other than as described in this Policy. Sometimes personally identifiable information has to be collected in order to provide the service (e.g., process a financial gift or an employment application) or is automatically collected by a visitor accessing the web page. Website visitors can decline to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging or make it more difficult to engage in certain website-related activities.  For the collection of personal-identifying information collected when you take advantage of the Foundation’s gift-giving portal, see above, “Gift-Giving Portal”).

Protection of Personally-Identifying Information

The Foundation, strives to secure personal information collected via the Website from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. One of the primary ways the Website safeguards your information is to use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, a standard security technology, to establish an encrypted link between our web server and your browser. Using this widely accepted form of encryption helps to ensure that no one besides you and our web server can see or access the information that you type into a form, survey or contact form on our Website.

Nevertheless, due to the rapidly evolving nature of information technologies and cyber risks, however, no transmission of data over the internet can be guaranteed to be completely secure.  While we are committed to protecting the privacy of our visitors, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to university websites and you do so at your own risk.  Once we receive your information, we will protect the privacy and security of such information pursuant to the law applicable to your information.

International Privacy

If you access our Website or use our services from outside the United States or are a citizen of another country, be advised that you are sending information, which may include personally identifiable data, to our servers in the United States. The information you provide may then be transferred within the United States or back out of the United States to other countries or jurisdictions outside of your country of residence (or the country in which you are accessing our websites and/or services.) These countries may not have data protection and privacy laws as protective as those in your country of residence or the country/jurisdiction you are located when accessing or using our websites and/or services. Our collection, storage and use of that data will be governed by this Privacy Policy.

For residents of the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland and the United Kingdom, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) requires us to provide you with additional information about the processing of personal data. The legal grounds for us processing your personal data typically include at least one of the following:

  • You provided your consent
  • It is necessary for our contractual relationship
  • It is necessary for us to comply with our legal or regulatory obligations
  • It is in our legitimate interest (e.g. to provide you with customer service, to fulfill your request).

EU data protection law makes a distinction between organizations that process personal data for their own purposes (“Data Controllers”) and organizations that process personal data on behalf of other organizations (“Data Processors”). We may act as either a Data Controller or a Data Processor in respect of your personal data, depending on the circumstances. If you have a question or complaint regarding how we handle your personal data, please contact us.

Notice to California Residents

This notice to California residents is provided under California law, including the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), Cal. Civ. Code 1798.100, et seq., and supplements the foregoing Privacy Policy by explaining your privacy rights if you are a California resident, providing our “notice at collection,” and providing certain mandated disclosures about our treatment of California residents’ information.

As noted herein, the Foundation collects personally identifiable information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the website and to improve the usability and effectiveness of our web pages.  Furthermore, as detailed below, the Foundation discloses potentially personally-identifying information only to those in its community of users that need to know that information and that have agreed not to disclose it to others without appropriate authorization or safeguards.

California’s “Shine the Light” law (Civil Code Section § 1798.83) permits users of our website that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please send an email to [email protected].

Disclosure of Personally-Identifying Information

As noted above, the Foundation discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those in its community of users (such as  its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations) that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on the Foundation behalf or to provide services for the Foundation and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others without appropriate authorization or safeguards. Some of these individuals and organizations may be located outside of the country or jurisdiction where you are located; by using University of Louisville Foundation, Inc’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The Foundation will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information. Other than these individuals and organizations, as described above, the Foundation may disclose potentially personally identifying and personally-identifying information as required by law, including in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, to comply with the Kentucky Open Records Act* or when the Foundation believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of the Foundation, third parties or the public at large.

*Kentucky Open Records Act.  Please note that all non-exempt information collected by the Foundation through our Website may be subject to public disclosure under the Kentucky Open Records Act, KRS 61.870 to 61.884. However, public records containing information of a personal nature are protected from disclosure by the personal privacy exemption of state law where the public discloser of such records would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Personal data in our possession is maintained and used in ways that respect individual privacy.

Privacy Policy Changes

The Foundation may change this Privacy Policy from time to time at its sole discretion. While most changes are likely to be minor, the Foundation encourages visitors to frequently check this Privacy Policy page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Contact Information

This Policy is intended to provide you with information about what personal data the Foundation, collects about you, how it is used, and how we endeavor to protect it. If you have questions about what information we collect, this Privacy Policy or you believe that information has been released without your consent, please contact us.