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Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc. (Soroptimist) respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its website. Soroptimist has created this Privacy Policy to demonstrate its firm commitment to privacy and security. This Privacy Policy describes how Soroptimist collects information from users of the website, how the collected information is used, and the choices members and visitors have concerning the collection and use of such information. Please read the policy carefully and note that by using Soroptimist's website, members and visitors signify their agreement to this Privacy Policy. Soroptimist will update this policy from time to time. Any revisions, amendments, or modifications will be posted on the website.

What information does Soroptimist collect and how is personal information used once it is collected?
Most data Soroptimist collects is used only to help Soroptimist better serve its members. It is Soroptimist's general policy to collect and store only personal information that its members and visitors knowingly provide. Information collected online is usually defined as being either anonymous or personally identifiable.

Anonymous information refers to data that cannot be tied back to a specific individual. Soroptimist does not collect any personal information from users browsing its public website. Only aggregate data-such as the number of hits per page, browsers and platform types-is collected. Aggregate data is only used for internal and marketing purposes and does not provide any personally identifying information.

Personally identifiable information refers to data that tells Soroptimist specifically who the visitor is. To gain access to members-only resources and personalization features on the Soroptimist website, members are asked to provide some limited information. This data is submitted voluntarily. Soroptimist asks users to provide their name and member number for Login purposes, and to verify contact information for convention registration.

The database storing Soroptimist membership contact information is a record that is held in trust. Its use for commercial or solicitation purposes is denied to all. Non-members will be denied requests for lists of members and clubs. Only the Soroptimist Board of Directors may grant exceptions.

What are "cookies" and how does Soroptimist use them?
A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that is transferred from a website to the hard drive of a user's computer. This unique number identifies the user's web browser-but not the user-to Soroptimist computers whenever the user visits the Soroptimist website. A cookie will not provide personally identifiable information about users, such as their name and address. The use of cookies is now an industry standard and cookies are currently used on most major websites. Most web browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If users prefer, they can reset their browser to notify them when they have received a cookie. They can also set their browser to refuse to accept cookies altogether.

Soroptimist uses cookies only to facilitate automated activity such as to store and track passwords. Cookies are not used to disseminate significant information about users over the Internet or to analyze any information that users have knowingly or unknowingly provided.

Soroptimist does not disclose credit card account information provided by its members. When members choose to use their credit cards, Soroptimist submits the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouse.

What privacy issues arise with links to other sites and who collects information and has access to it?
Data collected through Soroptimist's website is generally collected and maintained solely by Soroptimist.

This website contains links to other websites. Soroptimist has no control over, and is not responsible for, the privacy policies or content of such sites.

How can members modify their Soroptimist member information?
Members may change their information by sending an e-mail to, or by mail to the following postal address: Soroptimist International of the Americas, 1709 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, or by utilizing the club/member update feature in the members-only section of

Members may choose to "opt out" of receiving materials. If members do not "opt out" of receiving such promotional materials, Soroptimist reserves the right to e-mail materials related to its services.

Soroptimist may occasionally need to send members messages pertaining to their use of the services and/or the sites. Members will not be able to "opt out" of receiving such messages. These messages are limited in that they, among other things, will clearly indicate the originator of the e-mail.

What types of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of information?
Soroptimist has security measures in place to protect the information under its control. While the organization makes every effort to ensure the integrity and security of its network and systems, it cannot guarantee that its security measures will prevent third-party "hackers" from illegally obtaining information. Soroptimist will never sell member or visitors' information to a third party. Any information that is disclosed in public areas of Soroptimist's website, in the members-only Forum, or on the Internet may become public information. Members and visitors should exercise caution when deciding to disclose personal information in these areas.

Questions About Soroptimist's Privacy Policy
If members or visitors have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact: Soroptimist Privacy Policy, Soroptimist International of the Americas, 1709 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, or send an email to

Donor Privacy

Soroptimist International of the America, Inc. (SIA) is committed to respecting the privacy of all our donors.

Information concerning donors or prospective donors, including their names, addresses, and telephone numbers, the names of their beneficiaries, the amount of their gift, etc., shall be kept strictly confidential by SIA and its staff, Board of Directors, Fundraising Council and Donor Relations Taskforce. Donor information is shared with leaders only on a need-to-know basis.

SIA assures donors that their names and addresses will not be shared with any third party unless permission has been granted.

SIA assures its solicitations are free from undue influence or excessive pressure and are respectful of the needs and interests of donors or potential donors.

SIA honors all requests from donors who wish to curtail or be removed from any mailings and/or solicitations. A donor should contact SIA headquarters to have their name removed.

Gifts and donations may be restricted by a donor for the Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women and Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls or unrestricted for use by SIA to further the mission of the organization. These requests will be honored.

SIA honors a donor’s request to remain anonymous and assure that their name, the amount of their gift, or other information will not be publicly released.

SIA endorses the Donor Bill of Rights, created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. 

The Donor Bill of Rights can be found here or go the AFP website, and click on Ethics.

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