Dec 29, 2015
Nonprofits and other charitable organizations run on the public's trust. Without it they're left with no money or volunteers to keep their causes going. Therefore, it's essential for any not-for-profit wanting to maintain a good relationship with donors to offer protected certified payment processing through its website.
The policy is also a way to assure patrons the purchases or donations they make through the website are secure and the company or nonprofit won't share sensitive information with anyone else.
Why write one?
A privacy statement is vital for your not-for-profit if you want to gain and keep the trust of donors both large and small. As the number of people donating online increases, your contributors don't need the added worry of a data breach or the nonprofit sharing your information with unauthorized people.
What to include
When writing your statement, be straightforward and tell your website visitors what you intend to do with the information you collect from them. Take a look at some sample policies online, but remember to formulate your own. People viewing your site need to know the statement is tailored to your nonprofit.
Your organization might want to consult a lawyer to ensure that you do not violate any laws with the data you collect. Make sure you're compliant with the rules and regulations set forth by the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and any health care laws.
Once you have your statement written both you and your donors can enjoy some peace of mind.