Information Collection and Use
Our primary goals in collecting personal information are to provide you with a smooth, efficient and customized experience; to send you information upon your request; and to thank you for your support of the causes we support.
In general, we automatically gather certain usage information, such as the number and frequency of visitors to our Web sites. This information might include which URL you just came from, which URL you go to next, what browser you are using, and your IP address. We use such data only in the aggregate. This collective data helps us to determine how much our visitors use parts of the Web sites, and to do internal research on our users' demographics, interests, and behavior to better understand and serve you.
In addition, we may aggregate data and disclose such information in a non-personally identifiable manner to advertisers and other third parties for marketing and promotional purposes. We may also aggregate data (including data you submit when you participate in KnowledgeBase, as discussed below) and disclose such information in a non-personally identifiable manner to the New York City Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other foundations and organizations that have provided us with funding, for informational and fundraising purposes.
Personally Identifiable Information
Unless you specify that a gift be anonymous or otherwise request that your name not be listed, we list the names of all donors in our annual report and some brochures and benefit programs, to recognize the generosity of those who have given to our cause. We do not otherwise share our donor lists with anyone (except internal and external service providers as stated below). In particular, we do not sell our donor lists to anyone or include them in any direct mail solicitations.
If you choose to become a registered user for the KnowledgeBase knowledge management system ("KnowledgeBase"), accessible at http://knowledgebase.newvisions.org, we will request certain personally identifiable information about you in the registration process, including your name and e-mail address. We will also give you the opportunity of providing additional, but not required, personally identifiable information, including your telephone number, a URL address for your Web site or blog, your professional information (including your position, years in position, school, organization, grades served, content areas, degrees and specialization) and your personal interests (including areas of interest and a personal statement). This information will be stored in the KnowledgeBase database. When you use KnowledgeBase, your name and e-mail address will be visible to other registered users of KnowledgeBase; you can choose whether or not to display the rest of your personal information to other KnowledgeBase users. We will not otherwise disclose this personally identifiable information to anyone (except internal and external service providers as stated below).
As further discussed in the Web site user agreement, http://knowledge.newvisions.org, once you are a registered user of KnowledgeBase, you will have the opportunity to post documents that will be visible to other KnowledgeBase users. As such, you may not submit to KnowledgeBase any documents that contain personally identifiable information -- either pertaining to you or to someone else. If you discover a violation of the above policy, you may, at your discretion, report it to us at New Visions for Public Schools (320 W. 13th St., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10014; (212) 645-5110).
New Visions does not accept liability for the posting, by you or anyone else, of any of your or others' personally identifiable information on any part of our Web sites, including the KnowledgeBase system.
As part of our teacher recruitment efforts for small schools in New York City, we provide access to a jobs database, on which applicants can post their resumes. If you choose to become a registered user of this database, as an applicant, we will request certain personally identifiable information about you, including your name, e-mail address, telephone number, address and professional information (including your areas of certification, information concerning your teaching or school-based experience and information concerning your educational background). This information is viewable only by New Visions and may be accessed by the company that hosts the database and provides us with other related services, as discussed below. New Visions may use this data at an aggregate level to determine how much registered users use parts of the database, and to do internal research on users' demographics, interests, and behavior. School administrators who use this database can view only the resumes posted by applicants and not applicants' registration information. Schools that wish to register to use the database must provide certain personally identifiable information about their principals, including their name and business contact information (e-mail address, telephone number and address).
You may choose to apply for a position at New Visions itself through the jobs database, or to otherwise send us a resume and letter (containing personally identifiable information) related to employment or internship opportunities at New Visions. Any information you provide to us in this regard will be viewed only by New Visions, strictly for the purpose of evaluating your qualifications as an employee or intern for the organization.
You may choose to contact New Visions, by e-mail or otherwise, with other inquiries. Any personally identifiable information you provide in connection with such inquiries will be collected, accessed and used by New Visions solely for the purpose of ensuring that your inquiries are answered.
We may use internal service providers to facilitate our services, and therefore, may provide some of your personally identifiable information directly to them. In addition, we use other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf, such as processing donations and credit card payments, sending postal mail and e-mail, removing repetitive information from donor lists, analyzing data, providing customer service, and developing and hosting our databases (including KnowledgeBase as well as the jobs database and related Web site). These companies and individuals may have access to your personally identifiable information as needed to perform their functions, but, under our agreements with them, may not use it for any other purpose.
"Cookies" are small files placed on your hard drive; each Web site can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser preferences allow it. You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. (Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.) You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features on our Web site, and you may be required to re-enter your password more frequently during a session. In addition, a number of companies offer utilities designed to help you visit Web sites anonymously.
If you donate on our Web site www.newvisions.org, we will save your e-mail in a cookie. At your request, we may also save your credit card number, which would then be held in a secure part of the Web site.
If you register to use the KnowledgeBase database, we will save your login username in a cookie.
You should be aware, however, that perfect security does not exist on the Internet; third parties could unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. You should not expect that your personally identifiable information will remain private.
As a matter of policy, we will not sell, share or rent information about you in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. However, we may be forced to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances. We cooperate with law enforcement inquiries, as well as other third parties, to enforce laws such as those regarding intellectual property rights, fraud and other personal rights. We can (and you authorize us to) disclose any information about you to law enforcement or other government officials as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringement or other activity that is illegal or might expose us or you to liability.
Policy Towards Children
We are concerned about the safety and privacy of children who use the Internet. Although we encourage children to learn more about our organization and opportunities to serve their communities, we encourage that this be done with parental supervision. Consistent with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 ("COPPA"), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without prior verifiable parental consent. If we become aware that a child under 13 has otherwise provided us with personally identifiable information without verifiable parental consent, we will use our best efforts to remove such information from our files. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with personally identifiable information without verifiable parental consent, he or she should contact New Visions for Public Schools (320 W. 13th St., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10014; (212) 645.5110).
Other Information Collectors
Accessing Your Information
We work to process and maintain accurately the information that you share with us. If you have donated to us, you are invited to access your online giving account at http://www.nycharities.org/donor/donor_login.asp and let us know of any errors. If you are a KnowledgeBase user, you may access your profile information by logging in at http://knowledgebase.newvisions.org. If you are a jobs database user, you may access your profile information by logging in at http://www.ecampusrecruiter3.com/newvisions/index.php?script=local-login.
We may, from time to time, make changes to this policy, based on your comments and our need to reflect accurately our data collection and disclosure practices. If we make any substantial changes in the way we use your personal information, we will notify you by posting a prominent announcement on our Web sites.