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Privacy policy

The GFCF is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy. We strive to keep your information secure, managing it in accordance with our legal responsibilities under the privacy and data protection laws where we operate. This Privacy Policy sets out how the personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, is processed. 

This policy is revised from time to time, respecting evolving requirements around data and privacy. The latest version is published on this page.  

1. Information that we may collect from you

We may collect and process the following data about you:

  • Your name and email address, as part of our mailing list.
  • Information that you provide by filling in forms on our website. This includes information you provide when subscribing to our E-Bulletin or when submitting an information or grant request. The information you provide to us may include your name, organization, job title, postal address, e-mail address, phone number, and other information relating to your organization and work.
  • If you contact us to enquire about a grant, or for other general information requests, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
  • When you use our website, as is the case with most websites, certain limited information (such as your browser type and IP address) will be collected by us automatically. We also track which parts of our website you visit and whether you shared those links on further (either via social media or email), as well as the resources that you access.

By submitting your personal data, you agree to its transfer, storing and processing. We will take all steps necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site - so any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

2. How we use your information

We use information held about you in the following ways:

  • To understand which parts of our website, and by extension which pieces of our work, are most interesting and relevant to our audience. 
  • To ensure that website content is presented in the most effective and easily understandable way for your computer and for you. 
  • To provide you with information or resources that you request from us, or which we feel may interest you.

3. Cookies and IP addresses

We collect information about your computer or device, including your IP address, operating system and browser type but nothing that identifies you as an individual. We do this in order to optimise your website viewing experience and make our site load faster. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns when using our site, and does not identify any individual. 

You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse any cookies being stored on your device. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you logon to our site.

4. Where we store your personal data

If you sign-up to our email newsletter we store the personal data that you supply us on a secure remote server.

5. Disclosure of your information

We may disclose your information to third parties if we are working with them to deliver a product or service you have requested, or on your behalf. Otherwise, the GFCF commits to never passing your information onto another organization or agency.

6. Your right to refuse data collecting

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. Additionally, you can also unsubscribe from receiving certain electronic messages by following the “unsubscribe” instructions included in our communications.

7. Links from our website

Our website contains links to and from the websites of our partners. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that the GFCF does not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please familiarize yourself with these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

8. Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page.

9. Access to your information

You have the right to access the information we hold about you. You can request this information at any point, free of charge using the contact details below. 

10. Complaints process

If you have a concern about how we have handled your personal information you may contact us using the details below and we will investigate your particular case. 

11. Contact

Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcome and should be addressed to

Updated May 2018. For the purpose of this Privacy Policy, the data controller is the Global Fund for Community Foundations, Community House - Citylink Business Park, Albert Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT12 4HQ, United Kingdom.