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Welcome to the website of The Clara Abbott Foundation (referred to as “Foundation”, “Clara Abbott”, “we”, “us”, etc.). Your privacy is very important to us. This Privacy Policy explains how we handle the personal information that you provide to us on our website, clara.abbott.com, and applies solely to information collected by this website. Unless otherwise specifically noted, this Privacy Policy does not apply to personal information collected from you offline, to websites that do not link to this Privacy Policy, or to third-party websites to which The Foundation website may link. Your use of The Clara Abbott Foundation website is subject to this Privacy Policy.

Please read this Privacy Policy before using The Clara Abbott Foundation website or submitting personal information to us.

What is “personal information” as used in this Privacy Policy?

Personal information” means information that identifies you or could be used to identify you and which is submitted to and/or collected by us. Examples of personal information include your name, your postal address, your e-mail address and your telephone number.

How does The Clara Abbott Foundation collect information online?

The Foundation collects information in two ways:

  • Personal Information You Submit:
    The Foundation collects personal information that you enter into data fields on our website. For example, you may submit your name, postal address, e-mail address, and/or other information in order to receive information about various subjects, apply for financial assistance or scholarships, register for Foundation programs and classes, contact Clara Abbott for customer service needs, or respond to Foundation surveys. To protect your privacy, you should not provide The Foundation with any information that is not specifically requested.
  • Passive Collection of Unidentifiable Information:
    The Foundation may collect information about your visits to its website without you actively submitting such information. Unidentifiable information may be collected using various technologies, such as cookies, and web beacons. Cookies are small text files that are transferred to your computer’s hard disk by a website. Web beacons (also referred to as GIF files, pixels or Internet tags) help The Foundation recognize a unique cookie on your browser. Your Internet browser automatically transmits to The Clara Abbott Foundation website some of this unidentifiable information, such as the URL of the website you just visited and the browser version your computer is operating. Passive information collection technologies can make your use of The Foundation’s website easier by allowing us to provide better service, customize our website based on consumer preferences, compile statistics, analyze trends, and otherwise administer and improve The Clara Abbott Foundation website. Certain features of our website may not work without the use of passive information collection technologies. Information collected by these technologies cannot be used to identify you without additional identifiable information, and The Foundation will not connect additional identifiable information with information collected through the use of such tracking technologies. With respect to limiting or disabling tracking technology please see below “What choices do I have about how The Foundation collects and uses personal information about me?”.

In what circumstances might The Foundation collect and use personal information?

The Foundation will use the personal information you supply through our website to respond to your questions, requests, and to provide you with efficient customer service. After you have entered personal information into a form or data field on our website, The Foundation may use certain identifying technologies to allow the website to “remember” your personal preferences, such as sections of the website that you visit frequently. We may also use this personal information for other business purposes, such as to offer you the opportunity to receive notices regarding The Foundation’s services and products, to invite you to participate in surveys about our services and/or products, or to notify you about upcoming events.

Does The Clara Abbott Foundation consolidate information provided from its website?

The Foundation may consolidate the information of customers who use its website. We use this information to help us better design The Foundation’s website and our products and services, to enhance our marketing and research activities, and to facilitate other business functions.

What choices do I have about how The Foundation collects and uses personal information about me?

You may always limit the amount and type of personal information that The Foundation receives about you by choosing not to enter any personal information into forms or data fields on our website. Some of our services can only be provided to you if you provide us with appropriate personal information. Other parts of The Foundation’s website may ask whether you wish to opt out or opt into our contact lists for upcoming events and additional services that may be of interest to you.

Portions of The Clara Abbott Foundation website that use tracking technologies to collect unidentifiable information do not generally provide you with the ability to opt out of the tracking technologies. However, some Internet browsers allow you to limit or disable the use of tracking technologies that collect unidentifiable information.

For our record keeping purposes and as required by law, we will retain certain personal information you submit in conjunction with grant applications for a specified period of time.

Who will have access to personal information about me?

Personal information can be accessed by a restricted number of Clara Abbott Foundation employees and volunteers, by certain companies with which the Foundation may conduct joint programs, and by individuals or entities with whom we contract to carry out business activities for the Foundation. We train our employees, contractors and volunteers about the importance of privacy and how to handle and manage customer data appropriately and securely. Also, it is the Foundation’s practice to notify you if you are registering for a program which is conducted in conjunction with another company that may require access to your personal information. Likewise, the Foundation’s practice is to require its contractors to keep your personal information confidential and to use it only to perform functions for The Clara Abbott Foundation.

Your personal information will be transferred to, and stored outside your home country – including the United States and other countries. Privacy laws in those countries may not protect your personal information to the same extent as laws in your home country. However, The Clara Abbott Foundation has adopted processes and practices to ensure a continuing adequate level of protection for your personal information. By using our website, you are allowing The Foundation to transfer and store your personal information outside of your home country.

Does the Foundation share personal information with third parties?

As a common practice, the Foundation does not share your personal information with third parties, unless it is necessary to conduct a joint program or carry out a program or activity through a contractor. If the Foundation provides your personal information to individuals or entities which assist us with our business activities, it is our practice to require those individuals and entities to keep your personal information confidential and to use your personal information only to perform functions for the Foundation. The Clara Abbott Foundation reserves the right to disclose your personal information to respond to authorized requests from government authorities, to address national security issues, or when otherwise required by law.

How does the Foundation secure personal information?

It is the Foundation’s practice to secure its web pages that collect personal information; however, the confidentiality of personal information transmitted over the Internet cannot be guaranteed. The Foundation cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not gain access to your personal information; therefore, when submitting personal information to The Clara Abbott Foundation website, you must weigh both the benefits and the risks. Once received via our website and/or offline, personal information is stored on our secured servers and protected by firewalls.

The Foundation contracts with third parties whose web sites are not controlled by The Clara Abbott Foundation or subject to its privacy policy. You should check the privacy policies of such third-party websites before submitting personal information.

How does the Foundation protect the privacy of children?

Protecting the privacy of children is very important to us. The Foundation does not knowingly collect or use any personal information from children (we define “children” as minors younger than 13) on the Foundation’s website. We do not knowingly allow children to communicate with us or use any of our online services. If you are a parent and become aware that your child has provided us with information, please contact us using one of the methods specified below, and we will work with you to address this issue.

How may I update or change my personal information?

You may request to update or change your personal information in our current records. Please notify us of your wishes in one of the ways specified below.

How can I contact The Clara Abbott Foundation?

If you have questions about the use or amendment of personal information that you have provided to us or you would like to opt out of future communications from The Clara Abbott Foundation or a particular Foundation program, please contact us by clicking on the “Contact Us” link on the Foundation’s website or by e-mailing us at askclara@abbott.com. Alternatively, you may send a letter to the following address:

The Clara Abbott Foundation
Attention: Communications Manager
1175 Tri-State Parkway
Suite 200
Gurnee, IL 60031

How will I know whether the Foundation has updated this policy?

The Foundation reserves the right to amend this Privacy Policy without prior notice to reflect technological advancements, legal and regulatory changes and good business practices. If the Foundation changes its privacy practices, a new Privacy Policy will reflect those changes and the effective date of the revised Privacy Policy will be set forth in this paragraph. This Privacy Policy was last updated on October 20, 2014, and is effective as of that date.