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GlobalGiving Cookie Policy

Last Modified: November 2023

This Cookie Policy ("Cookie Policy") provides information about how and when we use cookies and similar technologies on https://www.globalgiving.org/ ("Website") and the choices that you have. It forms part of GlobalGiving's Privacy Policy.

Like most websites, our servers automatically collect certain technical information when you visit our Website, including your Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your visit, the referring URL, and, if you have visited our Website before, one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. We also collect information about your activities on the Website, such as the pages you access.

These technologies help our Website function, allow us to understand how you use our services, assist us with our promotional or marketing efforts, and have a number of purposes that you can read about in this Cookie Policy. More information on cookies can be found at www.aboutcookies.org.

Where required by the law, when you first visit the Website, you will be asked to consent to the use of cookies and similar technologies on the Website, and if you accept we will use these technologies.

If you do not want us to use cookies as described in this Cookie Policy you may disable their use. For more information on how to do this visit dma.org.uk. Please note: if you do disable cookies, the performance of the Website may be affected and you may not be able to take advantage of the full range of services we offer.

Technologies Used

Cookies

Cookies are small data files sent from a server to your web browser. They are stored in your browser's cache and allow a website or a third party to recognize your browser. There are three primary types of cookies that we use:

  • Session cookies are specific to a particular visit and carry information as you view different pages so you don't have to re-enter information every time you change pages or attempt to checkout. Session cookies expire and delete themselves automatically in a short period of time, such as after you leave the site or when you close your web browser.
  • Persistent cookies remember certain information about your preferences for viewing the Website, and allow GlobalGiving to recognize you each time you return. Persistent cookies are stored on your browser cache or mobile device until you choose to delete them, and otherwise typically delete themselves at expiration.
  • Third-party cookies are placed by someone other than GlobalGiving, and may gather browsing activity across multiple websites and across multiple sessions. They are usually a type of persistent cookie and are stored until you delete them or they expire based on the time period set in each third-party cookie.

Cookies store data about your use, but they are helpful because they enable key functionality, such as checkout and login, and allow us to customize your experience. You can configure your desktop or mobile browser's settings to reflect your preference to accept or reject cookies, including how to handle third-party cookies (see Managing Cookie Technologies below).

Other Technologies

In addition to cookies, GlobalGiving (like many other websites) uses similar technologies to allow us to achieve our mission of helping direct more donations to grassroots charities around the world:

  • Web beacons: These are tiny graphics (sometimes called "clear GIFs" or "web pixels") with a unique identifier that are used to understand browsing activity. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user's computer hard drive, web beacons are rendered invisibly on web pages when you open a page.
  • Social widgets: These are buttons or icons provided by third-party social media providers that allow you to interact with those social media services when you view a web page or a mobile app screen. These social widgets may collect browsing data, which may be received by the third party that provided the widget, and are controlled by the third parties.
  • UTM codes: These are strings that can appear in a URL (the "Uniform Resource Locator," which is typically the http or https address entered to go to a web page) when a user moves from one web page or website to another, where the string can represent information about browsing, such as which advertisement, page, or publisher sent the user to the receiving website.
  • Local storage objects: These (sometimes called flash cookies) are sets of data that can be stored on your browser by a site or app. They can be used to maintain preferences, maintain a history of usage, or even maintain the state or settings of an app.

In this Cookie Policy we refer to all such similar technologies collectively as “cookies”.

Purposes and types of cookies

We use different types of cookies as set out below:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work.
  • Performance Cookies: These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance. Where required by law, we will obtain your consent before placing Performance Cookies on your device.
  • Functional Cookies: These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly. Where required by law, we will obtain your consent before placing Functional Cookies on your device.
  • Targeting Cookies: These cookies are used to deliver content that is more relevant to you and your interests. They may be used to deliver targeted advertising or to limit the number of times you see an advertisement. They help us measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns on our websites and may also result in your seeing advertisements for some of our initiatives you may be interested in when visiting other websites or apps. We may share this information with third parties, including advertising partners. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising. Where required by law, we will obtain your consent before placing Targeting Cookies on your device.
  • Email Interaction Technology: Our emails may contain web beacons to tell us whether they are opened and verify any clicks through to links within an email. We (or our marketing service provider on our behalf) use this information to help us understand how an email campaign performed, what types of emails and content our recipients find interesting, and what actions our recipients took, so we can improve our email campaigns in the future and make our emails more relevant to our recipients. If you do not wish the web beacon to be downloaded onto your device, you should select to receive emails from us in plain text rather than HTML.

Please see our Cookies & Similar Technologies Disclosures for more information about the categories of cookies we use.

You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being set. However, some website features or services may not function properly without cookies. On most web browsers, you will find a "help" section on the toolbar. Please refer to this section for information on how to receive a notification when you are receiving a new cookie and how to turn cookies off. Please see the links below for guidance on how to modify your web browser's settings on the most popular browsers:

Third-party tools

Various third parties provide browser plug-ins and apps that can help provide you information on, and limit or block, third-party cookies, web beacons, and some Javascript-based technologies. Note that use of these plugins may impact GlobalGiving's functionality and your experience using our website. GlobalGiving cannot vouch for the efficacy of a particular third-party product, but popular products that provide these privacy enhancements include Ghostery and AdBlock Plus.

Technical details

A detailed, technical description of cookies used by GlobalGiving can be found in our Cookies & Similar Technologies Disclosures.

Other Cookie Recommendations

The staff at GlobalGiving love having cooking and baking contests where we share our favorite foods with each other. To that end, please enjoy one of GlobalGiving's staff's favorite desserts: Better Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Contact Us

You may contact us by using the “Contact Us” links on the footer of our Website or by sending an email to privacy@globalgiving.org. We try to reply promptly to every message we receive. This information is used to respond directly to your questions or comments. We also may file your comments and share them with our customer care team to improve our service in the future.

Last Modified: November 2023

Still have questions about our Cookie Policy?

Contact us at privacy@globalgiving.org or write to us at:

GlobalGiving
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Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
USA

Phone: +1.202.232.5784
US Toll Free: +1.877.605.2314

GlobalGiving UK
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London
EC4R 1BE

Phone: 020 7242 8079
Outside the UK: +44 20 7242 8079

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