Our Commitment to Privacy
The Courtney Owens Educational Foundation, Inc. (COEFI) respects
the privacy of every individual who visits www.COEFI.org or www.coefi.com
other COEFI maintained websites (“Web site” or “website”).
This notice clearly explains our online information practices. Because
your privacy is important to us, we provide you with notice and
choices about the collection and use of your information. To make
this notice easy to locate, links are provided at the bottom of
our homepage and on every page within our Web site. Additionally,
each page that requests personally identifiable information reminds
you of the importance of your privacy and provides a link to the
to the practices described in this Privacy Notice.
As an organization focused on improving educational opportunities
for college age and older individuals, COEFI does not collect any
information or data from individuals under the age of 17 who are
generally not able to participate in COEFI activities and, when
applicable without expressed written consent from a parent or legal
Information & Data Collection
We collect two types of information:
1. Standard Web server traffic pattern information. General
traffic and site usage information are collected and stored in log
2. This type of information is shared externally only on an aggregated
3. Personal information. We do not collect personally identifiable
information or data from you unless you provide it to us voluntarily
and knowingly. If you volunteer, order a product, request information,
or donate, for example, we may collect the following information:
first and last name, street address, city, state, zip code, telephone
number, email address, and subject of inquiry.
Personal information may be needed for certain optional online
If you register to participate in a COEFI event (e.g. race/ walk-a-thon,
or benefit) using our event registration site, we may ask you if
you are a COEFI donor. This information is useful for event purposes.
Further, if you elect to use our referral service to inform a friend
about the event registration site, we will ask you for your friend’s
name and mailing address.
Contributions: If you choose to use a credit card to donate or purchase
through this site, we collect standard credit card information (card
number, card type, expiration date) and keep a record of your financial
transaction. Credit card numbers are held only until the charge
can be processed (usually several minutes), then the number is only
available to Donor Services for purposes of problem resolution.
If you choose to donate to our organization, we maintain a record
of your contribution.
Requests: If you submit an online request for COEFI products such
as free brochures, or submit a question through a “contact
us” query, we may have to gather additional information or
data from you to respond to your request. Such information will
vary with the request but often includes name, shipping address,
telephone number, and email address.
Public Forums: If you elect to participate in a chat room, discussion
board, news group or another public forum that we may make available
to our users, please remember that any information that you disclose
in these areas becomes public information. You should exercise caution
when deciding whether or not to disclose your personal information.
We limit the use of information or data provided to us on our Web
site to the following:
1. If you do not make a service request, donation, purchase, or
otherwise identify yourself, we will have no personally identifiable
information about you. We will only use aggregate information derived,
in part, from your use of our site to improve our site and our service
2. If you provide personal information, we may enter your name into
our constituent database and contact you in order to:
- Complete voluntary surveys seeking feedback for quality assurance
and service improvement purposes.
- Supply you with information including COEFI related news, COEFI
programs, events and services.
- Request voluntary time or monetary contributions to COEFI.
- Request your participation in a COEFI research studies.
3. We collect the email addresses of those who communicate with
us by email. Inquiries may be forwarded to the appropriate COEFI
department for response and may be entered into our constituent
database. If your name is entered into the database, we may contact
you (see (2) above).
Your information is privileged and confidential and will not be
shared, sold or released to any organization or business entity
other than those affiliated with or working in conjunction with
COEFI as follows:
1. We occasionally make our constituent names and postal addresses
available to other reputable non-profit organizations. We have found
this to be the best cost-effective method of increasing our database
of potential constituents and hope that you value the information
they send you. Your name is only available to these carefully screened
organizations for a limited time. Other organizations will not have
continued access to your name and address unless you choose to respond
to their initial mailing. We do not share email addresses.
2. Occasionally COEFI may hire other companies to provide limited
services on our behalf. We will only provide those companies the
information they need to deliver the service and prohibit them from
using that information for any other purpose.
3. We have relationships with companies that conduct charitable
sales promotions and commercial covertures that support us in our
mission and activities. If you provide us with your mailing address,
we may pass your contact information to these companies so that
they may ask you if you are interested in receiving their services.
Your choice to use their services will benefit us; the amount of
money we receive from these entities as a result of your participation
is disclosed at the time you are contacted about the service. You
are under no obligation to respond and the companies are restricted
from using your contact information for any other purpose.
We respect your privacy and allow you to restrict internal and external
sharing of your personal information. We recognize that you may
elect to limit the ways in which we contact you and we offer the
1. Do not contact me by telephone.
2. Do not contact me by postal mail.
3. Do not contact me by email.
4. Do not share my contact information with other non-profit organizations.
5. Do not contact me with fundraising requests supporting COEFI.
6. Limit your fundraising appeals to semiannual solicitations only.
7. Do not contact me or share my information with anyone.
For more information on how to inform us of any desired restrictions,
please click on the following link: If you contact us with an opt-out
request, all reasonable efforts will be taken to ensure that you
will not receive any of the selected communications from us in the
future. If you do not wish to opt out at this time, you may do so
at a later date should you so desire.
If you opt back into a specific service, you will receive communication
in that manner, regardless of your overall opt out selections. These
services may include newsletter subscriptions or email communication
by asking a question using “Contact Us.”
Upon request, we will provide you with the information or data we
maintain about you so that you may request corrections. This information
will be sent via postal mail, which we believe is the most secure
method of communication. Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or in writing at:
Courtney Owens Educational Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 22537
Alexandria, Virginia 22304
To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps
to verify your identity before providing information or making corrections.
COEFI is committed to protecting the security of your personal information
and to honoring your choices for its intended use. To prevent unauthorized
access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information,
we strive to maintain physical, electronic, and administrative safeguards.
We process your financial transactions (donations and apparel purchases)
via encrypted SSL sessions. SSL is the leading industry standard
for securing Web-messaging transactions.
Inside COEFI, information and data are stored in password-controlled
servers. Our staff and volunteers are educated about the importance
of protecting your personal information and we are committed to
holding them accountable for protecting your confidentiality. However,
such precautions do not guarantee that our Web site is invulnerable
to all security threats or breaks. COEFI makes no warranty, guarantee,
absolution or representation that the use of our Web site is protected
from viruses, security threats, Spam or other vulnerabilities.
Whenever COEFI permits an external third party to access personally-identifiable
information, appropriate procedures are followed to help ensure
that the information is used only for authorized purposes and by
authorized persons in a manner consistent with the choices COEFI
constituents have made under this statement, and that the security,
integrity and privacy of the information is maintained. While COEFI
will employ procedures to help ensure that your information and
data are only used for authorized purposes as described above, we
cannot make any guarantees with respect to the actions or policies
of such third parties.
Links Within COEFI’s Web Site
Our privacy policies apply only to your use of the COEFI Web site.
This site contains links to other sites, including sites that have
a special relationship with us. We do not disclose personably identifiable
information to those operating linked sites and we are not responsible
for their privacy practices. Links to other sites do not imply an
endorsement of the materials or policies on those Web sites. You
should read carefully the privacy policies of each site you visit
to determine what information that site may be collecting about
This privacy statement will be updated periodically and posted on
our Web site. It applies to the online practices of COEFI and its
divisions located throughout the country. References to the “Foundation”,
"COEFI", "we", "us" and "our"
are references to COEF, Inc. and its affiliates. We reserve the
right to change this policy at any time by posting revisions. You
agree to review the Privacy Policies each time you use our Web site
so that you are aware of any modifications. By accessing or using
the Web site, you agree to be bound by all of the terms and conditions
or use. If you have any questions about our policy or our compliance,
you may send us an email at email@example.com or write to:
Courtney Owens Educational Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 22537
Alexandria, Virginia 22304
We reserve the right to update this policy at any time. If a material
change is made to the policy, we will email all registered users
at the email address provided at time of registration.