Privacy Policy

This policy describes how we at CHANGE CHICAGO, INC., an Illinois non profit corporation operating as a 501(c)(4) organization, collect, use, and share the information that we obtain from you.

What Our Privacy Policy Covers

This privacy policy discusses the personal information that we obtain from you on our website, social media accounts and when providing you with opportunities to volunteer or participate in our activities, as well as any products or services.  When we use the term “personal information” we are referring to information that is connected to your name and may include things such as your e-mail address, mailing address, or telephone number. 

What We Collect

We collect PII when you voluntarily submit it to us.  We may also collect PII about you from reputable third parties.

For instance, when you sign up to receive the CHANGE CHICAGO, INC. newsletter or join CHANGE CHICAGO, INC., we ask you for contact information, such as your full name, e-mail address, mailing address, etc. as well as information about your interests. We use this information to communicate with you about CHANGE CHICAGO, INC. and its activities and about issues in which you expressed an interest. Further, you may decide to share with us information concerning your location or schedule to volunteer with us or attend one of our events.

In addition to the above, we may use the following technologies to automatically collect information from you about your activities on our websites. 

Cookies. "Cookies" are small bits of information that are placed on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies remember information about your activities on the site to make your visits to our website more enjoyable and valuable to you by providing a customized experience and recognizing your preferences when you visit our website.  If you've chosen to disable cookies on your browser, some of the functionality of our website may be lost. Certain of our web page, particularly those that require a login and password, require that cookies be enabled in your browser and cannot be used when you have disabled cookies in your browser.

Flash Cookies. “Flash cookies” (also called Local Shared Objects or “LSOs”) are data files similar to cookies, except that they can store more complex data. Flash cookies are used to remember settings, preferences, and usage, particularly for video, interactive gaming, and other similar services.

Web beacons, clear pixels, or pixel tags.  “Web beacons” are small graphic images on a Web page or in an e-mail that can be used for such things as recording the pages and advertisements clicked on by users, or tracking the performance of e-mail marketing campaigns.

Web server logs.  Web server logs are records of activity created by the computer that delivers the webpages you request to your browser. For example, a web server log may record the search term you entered or the link you clicked to bring you the webpage. The web server log also may record information about your browser, such as your IP address and the cookies set on your browser by the server.

Geo-location technologies.  Geo-location technology refers to technologies that permit us to determine your location.  We may ask you to manually provide location information on our website, or to enable your mobile device to send us precise location information.  We may also automatically collect general location information from your web browser.

Specific information we collect automatically through our website.

We collect the following information automatically using cookies and our website’s built in technology:

1.       The domain name of the internet service you use. This information does not tell us who you are individually.

2.       The date and time of your visit and which pages on our site you visited.

3.       The operating system (Windows or Apple) and web browser you use (Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer).

4.       The address of the previous web site you visited, if you linked to us from another site.

Financial Information

We use a third party to process any contributions to Change Chicago, Inc. We do not receive, see, handle or process your payment information that you provide to our third party payment processor. Our third party payment processor uses a secure server and encryption to assure the security of financial information. We also have security measures in place to protect against loss, misuse or unauthorized access to any personal or financial information you provide to us.

How We Use Your Information

Our primary purpose in collecting information is to provide you with information about our mission and how you can support our mission.  We may also use information to conduct research and analysis, or to improve our websites, our products, or our services.

How We Share Your Personal Information

We may share your personal information in the following circumstances:

Similar Interests. We may share your PII with parties promoting similar interests, policies and solutions.

Corporate affiliates.  We may share your personal information with companies that are affiliated with us (that is companies that control us, are controlled by us, or are under common control with us).

Service providers.  We may share your personal information with companies that perform services for us, such as fulfilling orders, delivering packages, sending postal mail and e-mails, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, processing payments, investigating fraudulent activity, conducting customer surveys, and providing customer service.

Other instances.  We may share your personal information in order to protect the legal rights of our company, our employees, our agents, and our affiliates, to protect the safety and security of our visitors, to protect against fraud, or to comply with law or legal process.

Aggregate information.  We may share aggregate information about our donors and members for educational, research, analytic, or benchmarking purposes.  When shared in this form, no PII is identified.

How We Protect Your Information

We use reasonable measures to help prevent personal information from becoming disclosed to individuals who are not described in this policy.  While we attempt to protect the information in our possession, no security system is perfect and we cannot promise that information about you will remain secure in all circumstances.

Your Choices

 You have the following choices with how your information is used: 

  1. Learn the types of PII we have collected about you - Email or write to us at any time by contacting us at the email address or mailing address listed below.
  2. Update or correct your contact information at any time by contacting us at the telephone number, email address, or mailing address listed below.
  3. If you would like to stop receiving promotional emails from us you can click on the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any promotional email that you receive or email us at 

Your request must include (1) all of the incorrect PII that you wish to change, (2) the corrected PII, and (3) your signature authorizing such changes. We will then correct the PII in our database and send a written confirmation to you.

Communicating With Us

If you have any questions about our privacy or security practices you can contact us by mail, telephone, or email:






If we need, or are required, to contact you concerning any event that involves your personal information we may do so by email, telephone, or mail. 

 Additional Information

Social Media and Share Links.  When you “like” or “follow” us on social media sites or click on one of our share links, we may collect your information.  This information may include your name, e-mail address, and any comments or content you post relevant to us. A “share link” is a button and/or text link appearing on our websites that launches a sharing mechanism that allows you to post links to, and content from, our websites or application onto other websites.

Notice to California Residents.  California residents may ask us to describe what categories of personal information we share with affiliated companies or third parties for their direct marketing purposes, and the names of those companies.  You may receive a copy of this notice by submitting a written request to us at the addresses listed in the “Communication” Section.

Notice to Canadian Residents.  We may process and store your PII in a country outside of Canada, and the governments, courts, or law enforcement of that country may be able to obtain disclosure of personal information through the laws of the foreign country.  Under the laws of a foreign country, in certain circumstances, we may be required to provide your PII in response to a search warrant or other legally valid inquiry or order.

Changes To This Policy

We may revise this policy from time to time.  If we make revisions that change the way we collect or use your PII, we will prominently post those changes in this Privacy Policy.  You should review our Privacy Policy periodically so that you keep up-to-date on our most current practices.  We will note the effective date of the latest version at the end of each policy.

Effective as of August 24, 2018.