Through our website, www.gardenconservancy.org, we offer convenient online access to information about our programs and events, as well as ways to participate in them. The Fellows Portal section of our website, restricted to members of our Society of Fellows, provides password-protected access to further information and images from our Fellows programs, including our garden-study tours. When you visit our website, we may collect the IP address of your device or your social media ID, but we will not collect other personal information from you unless you provide the information to us voluntarily and knowingly. We may also collect information you voluntarily provide to us over the phone, in email, through a face-to-face conversation, or through online and offline forms such as surveys, donation forms, email opt-in forms, event registration/participation, and garden information forms that you populate. We will never share this information without your explicit knowledge and approval.
We use industry standard safeguards to protect your information. We protect the security of credit card transactions using a number of measures such as encryption, access controls, network firewalls, and physical security. These measures make it extremely difficult for anyone to intercept the credit card information you send to us. When we work with other companies to process credit card transactions, we require that those companies also use encryption and other appropriate security measures.
The Garden Conservancy uses vendors to assist with processing and managing donations, donor data, donor mailings, and donor benefits. We give these vendors access to donor data as necessary. Our vendors are bound by strict confidentiality rules and are permitted to use donor data only to support Garden Conservancy operations. In addition, we make disclosures as required by law.