Privacy Policy


Thank you for your interest in We encourage all our users to review our privacy policy prior to submitting any personal information. By using the website, you are accepting the policies set forth in this privacy policy.

This privacy policy discloses the privacy practices for (“ShineFund,” “we,” or “us”) website, a service run by Shine Foundation. This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this website (

This privacy policy will notify you of the following:

1.   What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.

2.   What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.  

3.   The security procedures in place to protect from the misuse of your information. 

4.   How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

We are the sole owners of the information collected on this website. We only have access to collect information that you voluntarily give us via online submission forms, email, or other direct contact from you. 

We may collect the following information:

  • Name and other alias’ used
  • Contact information including email address, mailing & billing addresses, telephone number
  • Demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
  • Other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers



What We Do With the Information We Gather

We use the information you submit in order to operate the website to provide you with the features that make the service work.

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping
  • We may use the information to improve our website, products, and services
  • We may periodically send promotional email about new services, products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone or mail.
  • We may use the information to customize the website according to your interests.

We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us.  We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to bill your order or release to release campaign funds.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, reminders to vote, membership anniversary notifications, or changes to this privacy policy. If you choose to opt out of receiving these email messages you may miss out on information regarding updates, improvements, and special offers. Opting out will not exclude you from receiving notices required by law.

Any personal information that you voluntarily disclose for posting to the ShineFund website by use of our service becomes available to the public. If you remove content you have posted, copies may remain viewable in cached or archived pages.


Right to Monitor User Content

ShineFund reserves the right to monitor user content posted to the website; however, we are not obligated to monitor user content. We reserve the right to remove any content that is in violation with our Terms of Use agreement or upon the request of any third party.


Protecting and Privacy of Children

No one under the age of 13 is allowed to provide personal information to or on the ShineFund website. If you are aware of information we have on a child under the age of 13 please contact us at immediately so that we can delete the information as quickly as possible. Users must be over the age of 18 in order to create a campaign. If under the age of 18 a parent or legal guardian must manage a campaign on behalf of the child.



We share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

We use an outside credit card processing company to bill users for donations, goods, and services. These companies do not retain, share, store, or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes beyond filling your order.

We may share information when permitted or required by law with governmental agencies or other companies assisting in fraud prevention or investigation, to enforce our Terms of Use, to defend ourselves against third party allegations, to protect the integrity of our website, and to protect the rights, property, or safety if ShineFund and/or our users or others.



In order to use this website, a user must first complete the registration form.  During registration a user is required to give certain information (such as name and email address).  This information is used to contact you about the products/services on our website in which you have expressed interest.  At your option, you may also provide demographic information (such as gender) about yourself, but it is not required.



We request information from you on our order form for products and donations.  To buy from us or contribute to a campaign, you must provide contact information (like name and shipping address) and financial information (like credit card number, expiration date).  This information is used for billing purposes and to fill your orders.  If we have trouble processing an order, we'll use this information to contact you.


Surveys & Contests

From time-to-time our site requests information via surveys or contests.  Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore disclose this information.  Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level).  Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes.  Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this website.


How We Use Cookies

We use "cookies" on this website.  A cookie is a piece of data stored on a site user's hard drive to help us improve your access to our website and identify repeat users to our website. For instance, when we use a cookie to identify you, you would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our website as well as help you efficiently access your account information after you sign in. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our website.  Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information on our website.

We use session cookies and functionality cookies on the ShineFund website.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Some of our business partners may use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers).  However, we have no access or control over these cookies.


Links to Other Websites

Our website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. However, once you have used these links to leave our website, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while visiting such websites and such websites are not governed by this privacy policy. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy policy applicable to the website you are visiting.


Your Access to and Control Over Information

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time.  You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our website:

-          See what data we have about you, if any.

-          Change/correct any data we have about you.

-          Have us delete any data we have about you.

-          Express any concern you have about our use of your data.



We take precautions to protect your information.  When you submit sensitive information via our website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way.  You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information.  The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment. These servers that store personal information are at locations outside the direct control of ShineFund with our hosting providers.


Changes to Our Privacy Policy

Changes to our privacy policy will be posted to the website. Once the privacy policy changes have been posted to the webstie, you are bound by the changes made to the privacy policy when using the website.


Privacy Contact Information

If you have any questions or comments regarding our privacy policy you may contact us using any of the following methods:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 802.359.7544
  • Mail: PO Box 1478, 2577 Hartford Avenue, White River Junction, VT 05001


This privacy policy was last revised on June 5, 2014. 

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