In addition to this Privacy Policy, please also read our Terms of Use for detailed information about our services. By using our Website, you agree to be bound by our terms of use and consent to the data practices described in this Privacy Policy. The Terms of Use are hereby also incorporated herein.

This Privacy Policy describes the practices and policies of Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. a 501(c)(3) public charity (hereinafter, "NEF") relating to the collection of personal data received by us, both online and offline, including but not limited to through the NEF website (www.n-e-f.org) and related applications and Websites.

When we use the terms "you" or "your" in this Policy, we are referring to individuals who use our Services, such as:

  • Donors
  • Scholarship applicants
  • NEF representatives
  • other visitors to the Website

The term “Services” refers to services offered by NEF including but not limited to the Scholarship application portal and the Donor portal.

This Privacy Policy includes the following sections:

  1. This Privacy Policy includes the following sections:
    • Personal vs Non-personal Data
    • Personal Data You Provide To Us
    • Data Collected Automatically

  2. How We Manage (Protect & Store / Use / Share) Your Personal Data
  3. Reviewing and Changing Your Personal Data
  4. Links to Other Websites
  5. Special Concerns Regarding International Use and Transfer
  6. Changes to Our Privacy Policy
  7. How to Contact Us
  8. Breach


Data We Collect


Personal vs Non-personal Data

We use the term "personal data" to mean information that can be used, individually or together with any other data you provide to us or we collect, to identify an individual person. Non-personal data is all other information you provide to us or we collect, which cannot be traced to an identifiable individual.

Please note information that you provide to us or we collect through the Website with regard to an application for a scholarship or when you provide information in the form for making a donation, we are collecting personal information.

 

Personal Data You Provide To Us

  1. Individual donors:
    NEF offers donors the opportunity to make donations to NEF on our Website. The Donation portal is powered by our trusted third-party partner, Paypal. When you choose to donate through the Portal, NEF collects your name, email, address information, donation amounts and dates, and payment information, all of which is shared with us. NEF will use the acquired personal information as required by law which may include but is not limited to: Disclosure to the Internal Revenue Service in its annual tax filing or pursuant to any audit, to the New York State Attorney General’s office as required by law or pursuant to any audit, and/or in writing confirming the donation as required by New York State and Federal Laws.

  2. Scholarship Applicants: NEF scholarship applicants apply online through the scholarship portal. At the time of application, NEF collects your name, email, address information, school and program information, expected date of graduation, official and unofficial transcripts, letters of reference, essays, proof of citizenship and licensure.

  3. Other Website Visitors:
    You may visit our Website without being required to provide us with any personal data about yourself. However, our Website also offers optional Services that do call for the provision of personal data, as follows:
    1. Subscription to Emails and Newsletters. You may sign up to receive emails from us with our newsletters and other information. In order to register with us and/or sign up to receive emails from us, you must provide us with your name and email address.
    2. Account Creation. You may create an account with us, which requires you to provide your name and email address.
    3. Contact Us. We provide a "Contact Us" link on the Website that allows you to start a discussion with NEF staff, intended for you to be able to ask questions, request additional information, and provide feedback to us.
    4. Electronic Mail, Regular Mail, and Phone Calls. You may, on your own initiative, reach out to NEF by electronic mail, regular hard-copy mail or by telephone. We collect any information you share with us through such communications, such as your name and contact information and information you volunteer in your communication and may use and share such information consistent with this Policy.

Data Collected Automatically

We collect certain data by automated means when you visit the Website, some of which may be personal data. The data collected may include usage information, such as the numbers and frequency of users to the Services, pages visited, web browsing histories, device location, social networking activities, and similar data. If gathered, this data is aggregated and is not used to identify or track individual activity. We collect this information through various means, including "cookies," "web beacons" and IP addresses, as further explained below, and may utilize third-party web servers or tracking services in connection with this activity.

  • Cookies
    A cookie is a piece of information that a web server may place on your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are commonly used by websites to improve the user experience. Many cookies last only through a single website session, or visit. Others may have an expiration date or may remain on your computer until you delete them. Most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable existing cookies. Please note, however, that without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of all the features on our Website. For more information on cookies and similar technologies and how to disable them, please see allaboutcookies.org/cookies.

  • Web Beacons
    Our Website contains "web beacons" (also known as internet tags, pixel tags, and clear GIFs). These web beacons allow third parties to obtain information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the beacon appears, the URL of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies set by the third party. Web beacons also may be used to track whether you have opened an HTML email. When the email is opened, a part of the code that makes up the HTML page calls a web server to load the web beacon that then generates a record showing that the email has been viewed. Web beacons may also recognize when the email was opened, how many times it was forwarded, and which URLs (links within the email) were clicked.

  • IP Addresses
    When you visit and interact with the Website, NEF and any third parties with whom we have contracted to provide services for us collect Internet Protocol addresses (each an "IP Address”), as well as browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, Website type, date/time stamp, and page navigation. An IP Address is a unique identifier number that certain electronic devices use to identify and to communicate with each other on the Internet; your Internet Service Provider automatically assigns an IP Address to the computer that you are using.


How We Manage (Protect & Store / Use / Share) Your Personal Data


How We Protect & Store Your Personal Data

We maintain reasonable administrative, technical, and organizational safeguards for the Services designed to protect against loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction of the personal data that we collect from you. We restrict access to personal data collected about you to our employees and potentially board members, or others who need to know that information to provide the Services to you or in the course of conducting our business operations or activities. Please note, however, that no website, including the Services, can guarantee 100% security.

We store your personal data for as long as required to provide the Services to you. We may retain personal data after we cease providing Services to you to the extent necessary to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations, and for the purpose of fraud monitoring, detection, and prevention, including our tax, accounting, and financial reporting obligations. Where we retain data, we do so in accordance with any limitation periods and records retention obligations that are imposed by applicable law.

How We Use Your Personal Data

We collect and process personal data from you only for lawful reasons, such as to award scholarships and receive charitable donations. We do not sell, rent, or trade your personal data to third parties. For more specific information about how we use your personal data, please see below.

  • Data You Provide to Us. We use the data you provide to us in order to perform the Services, and to perform data analytics to assess and improve the Services we deliver. We may use your personal data to request charitable support. If you choose to make a donation to NEF through our website, your payment information is used only to process your donation and will not be stored or used for any other purpose.

  • Data Collected through Automated Means. We also use the data we collect from you through automated means in order to perform the Services, and to perform data analytics to assess and improve the Services we deliver. We use cookies to enhance the user experience, for example, by maintaining continuity during a user session, or by storing your user name or related login credentials so that you do not have to provide this information every time you return to our Website We also use cookies to research and gather data about the usage of our Website, to assess our performance and reach and to inform and implement our overall business strategy, including marketing purposes. We use web beacons and IP addresses for the same business purposes: to track Website visitor movement in the aggregate, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. Our goal in gathering this information is to learn how you are using our Services. We may use this information to enhance our Website or for other lawful purposes, including marketing.

How We Share Your Personal Data

NEF does not sell, rent, or trade your personal data to third parties. When we share your personal data, we only do so as described below.

For donors through the NEF donor portal, and Website Visitors whose personal data we may collect, as described in this Policy, we may also share personal data with other third parties as follows: (1) to our affiliates, service providers, and agents for our internal operations (like storage and data backup) and to provide, improve, and market our Services to you; (2) to perform data analytics (as described above); (3) in connection with the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of NEF or the merger of NEF into another entity or any consolidation, share exchange, combination, reorganization, or like transaction in which NEF is not the survivor or dissolution; (4) for any or all of the following reasons: (i) to comply with a subpoena, to comply with a legal process, to comply with what we reasonably believe in good faith is a valid and enforceable warrant or subpoena, or to comply with any other legal obligation, (ii) to prevent, investigate, detect, or prosecute criminal offenses or attacks on the technical integrity of our Services, (iii) when we reasonably believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect the rights, privacy, property, business, or safety of NEF, you, or the public, and/or (iv) to investigate fraud.


Reviewing and Changing Your Personal Data


Upon request, NEF will provide you with information about whether we hold any of your personal data. You may access, correct, or request deletion of your personal data, or request that we stop any processing of your personal data. If you would like to inquire about any personal data of yours that NEF may hold, or to correct or request the deletion of such data, please provide us with written notice to:

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.
137 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
 

We will respond to your request within a reasonable timeframe. Registered users of our Website may also make any changes to their information at any time by logging into the Website.


Links to Other Websites


We provide links through our Website to third-party websites to deliver our Services and as a service to you, in order to enable you to take advantage of the Services, to learn more about our partners and the charities listed on our Website, and to interact directly with these organizations, if you so choose. Please be aware when you choose to use such third-party Services that we disclaim responsibility for the information collection, use, and disclosure practices of third-party sites; we encourage you to review and understand their privacy practices and policies, if any, before providing any personal data to them or using any of their services. We are not responsible for the content or information of these sites, any products or services that may be offered through them, or any other use of the sites.


Special Concerns Regarding International Use and Transfer


The Website and Services are intended for users in the United States only. NEF and its servers are located in the United States.


Changes to Our Privacy Policy


We reserve the right to update this Policy at any time. The date of last update is stated at the beginning and end of this Policy. It is your responsibility to check this page from time to time for updates. If we make any material changes to this Policy, then we will provide notice of such change via the Services or will email you using the email you provided to us when you registered; your continued use of the Services after such notice will indicate your acknowledgment and agreement with any and all such changes.


How to Contact Us


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this Policy or our practices please feel free to write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Nurses Educational Funds, Inc., 137 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 1 (917) 524-8051.


Breach


In the event of a data breach attributed to NEF which means an unauthorized disclosure, access, alteration, or use of any non-public personal data by NEF or its employees, NEF shall promptly institute the following: (1) notify the Registered User or Visitor (when known) by telephone and email as soon as practicable, but no later than Seventy-two hours after NEF becomes aware of the data breach; (2) provide the Registered User with the name and contact information for the NEF employee who shall serve as the NEF primary security contact; (3) assist the Registered user with any investigation, including interviews of NEF’s employees and review of all relevant records; (4) NEF may, where it seems prudent or at the request of the Registered User, provide credit monitoring for one year to those Registered Users whose covered information was exposed in a manner during the breach such that a reasonable person would believe it could impact their credit or financial security.

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