Privacy Policy

At Scholar Fundwe know that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we deeply value your trust. We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting personally identifiable information you may provide us through the Website.

Welcome to our privacy policy

We have adopted this privacy policy to explain what information may be collected on our Website, how we use this information, and under what circumstances we may disclose the information to third parties. This Privacy Policy applies only to information we collect through the Website and does not apply to our collection of information from other sources.

This Privacy Policy, together with the Terms and Conditions posted on our Website, set forth the general rules and policies governing your use of our Website. Depending on your activities when visiting our Website, you may be required to agree to additional terms and conditions.  

Your privacy is our top concern

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At Scholar Fund, your privacy is our primary concern. Whether you’re an end user, visitor, or donor, we are committed to the protection of your information and we strive to be transparent.

This Privacy Policy seeks to illustrate the types of information we gather and cookies we use when you use our website (www.scholarfundwa.org), as well as the other platforms we develop under our brand. It also describes our practices for protecting, using, and sharing such information, and the choices you have regarding use.

If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns about our organization or our policies, please don’t hesitate to contact our Executive Director David Coven directly at privacy@scholarfundwa.org  or write us via 300 Lenora St, PMB 1750, Seattle WA 98121.

Who we are

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Our legal name is Scholar Fund, and we also do business as Scholarship Junkies. Scholar Fund (DBA Scholarship Junkies) is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Seattle, WA. Our website is operated in the United States, and the data that we collect will be processed in the United States. 

What information do we collect?

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We collect personal information when you voluntarily submit it to us.

For example, donors may provide us with personal information (such as name, address, email address, telephone numbers and/or credit/debit card information). If a donor or a website visitor contacts us by email, they may provide us with their email address and name. Providing data is required in these contexts in order for us to process your donations, requests, or respond to inquiries. In addition, we may use this personal information to keep you updated about our work if you indicate (by giving consent) that you would like us to do so. You can choose to stop receiving marketing/fundraising information by following the unsubscribe instructions included in the materials you receive or by contacting us at privacy@scholarfundwa.org.

Another example is in the case of our relief fund recipients. Recipients may provide us with personal information (such as name, address, email address, telephone number, demographic information, and identity and residency verification documents) to adequately supply them with resources. In order to disburse funds, we may need to collect specific payment information for our disbursement agent and/or the IRS.

We may share personal information with third party service providers we work with to perform these functions on our behalf, such as processing credit card payments and sending postal mail and email. If you choose to share where you heard about Scholar Fund, we may share that information with specific third parties that are identified, such as GiveWell. In addition to the personal information that you submit to us, we may collect verifying or additional information about you from third parties and/or automatically collect information using web server logs, which may collect certain information such as IP address, pages visited, time of visits, and referring website.

How do we use information?

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We collect information primarily to accept donations, complete our charitable projects, and provide you with information concerning our programs, projects, and activities. We also use information for internal purposes (to better understand our supporter and user networks) and for analytical purposes (to respond to requests for information. Additional ways we use your information:

  • to provide you with the information or services you have requested, and communicate with you in general
  • to analyze, evaluate and improve our work, programs, services, activities or information
  • to provide updates on our work and request donations
  • to invite you to talks and events hosted by us
  • to thank donors for their support
  • to administer any financial transaction between us
  • to recruit employees and volunteers
  • to ensure we are not contacting people who have told us not to
  • to satisfy legal obligations which are binding on us;
  • for research purposes;
  • for the prevention of fraud or misuse of services;
  • and for the establishment, defense or enforcement of legal claims.

With whom do we share information?

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We do not trade, share, or sell information that you provide to us with other organizations who intend to use it only to market their products or services to you.  We may disclose to third parties aggregate statistics regarding donations or users but these statistics do not include any personally identifying information.

There may be instances in which we share your information with others. We may share your information, for example, in conjunction with your sponsorship of a certain project, as required by law, with law enforcement, to comply with legal process, to protect our legal rights, to protect the safety or security of a person, or to protect against fraud, criminal acts, or misconduct. We may also share your information with companies that provide us with services, or with a successor legal entity.

Scholar Fund engages third party vendors to assist us with such functions as hosting our donor personal information database, sending email, modeling our data, and processing online and mail donations and credit card payments. In addition, Scholar Fund consults advisors in making organizational decisions and developing long term plans. These companies and advisors may have access to donors’ personal information as needed to perform their functions. Scholar Fund requires that they keep such personal information confidential and that they not use such information for purposes other than the functions for which they are providing us with assistance.

Our commitment to data security

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To help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate technical and operational procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect. For example, we secure our machines with mandated encryption protocols to secure our user/company data. We also use industry accepted tools and techniques, such as SSL and in certain instances two-factor authentication, to protect against unauthorized access to our systems. Additionally, all sensitive information is stored in secure repositories both in-house as well as secure cloud-based, AES encrypted web apps.

We endeavor to protect your personal information and employ both appropriate technical and procedural methods, such as commercially reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards against accidental or unlawful destruction or loss, or unauthorized disclosure, access or use. Please be aware that, despite our best efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable and any transmission of personal information is at your own risk.

Your access to data, and your choice

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If you would like to access the data that we received from you, or make corrections to it, you may contact us at the email or mailing addresses provided at the end of this policy.

If you registered to receive communications from us and subsequently change your mind, you may ask that your name and contact information be removed from our distribution list. 

How long do we keep your data?

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Personal information that we process shall not be kept for longer than is necessary in connection with the purposes for which it was collected and/or is used, or if we are required to do so in accordance with legal or regulatory requirements (such as tax and accounting). In specific circumstances, we may have contractual obligations or believe it is necessary to retain your personal information for auditing and/or identity verification purposes.

Additional Information

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Changes to this privacy statement: We may modify this privacy policy from time to time. Any changes will be reflected on this website. If we make a material change to this policy that will impact  personal information that you provided to us before the change was made, we will attempt to contact you and obtain your consent to the change.

Communicating with us: If we need to contact you about the privacy or security of your information, we may do so by email or mail. If you have any questions, concerns, requests, or comments about privacy, you can contact us by email or mail at:

300 Lenora St, PMB 1750, Seattle WA 98121
Last updated: June 1, 2022