Privacy Policy

Last updated: June 11, 2020

At Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Inc. (“Bethesda”) we respect your privacy and want you to feel comfortable using our website as a method of communication with us. The purpose of this privacy policy is to explain how we use the information collected on our site.

Bethesda reserves the right to change this policy at any time. Bethesda’s privacy policy will be kept up-to-date and clearly posted on our Web site. Please review our policy frequently to ensure that you have the most current information.

Information We Collect on Our Website

On many pages of the Bethesda external website — in particular when donating online, completing an action alert or completing various feedback or inquiry forms — visitors are asked to list name, address, and other personal contact information. Information collected is specifically and knowingly provided by site visitors and may include name, email address, mailing address, telephone number and details related to their inquiry. Collecting this information helps Bethesda to better provide site visitors with relevant and useful content.

Bethesda will not sell, share or exchange personal contact information collected from this Web site with other organizations. If a user has a previous relationship with Bethesda through another channel (i.e., mail, phone), Bethesda will occasionally rent or exchange those names and addresses with other organizations as a way of providing extra funds to help support services. If you do not want to participate in this program, please contact us via email at DevelopmentDepartment@bethesdalc.org.

Visitors to Bethesda’s website are not required to share any personally identifiable information. Users who do not wish to share personal information when visiting the site can still access Bethesda’s web pages and the valuable information provided.

Bethesda has partnered with Blackbaud, Inc. for donation transaction processing capabilities to serve our constituents and fulfill our mission on the Internet. Blackbaud is an Internet software and services company that provides online electronic Constituent Relationship Management (eCRM) solutions for nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. Blackbaud will not disclose your name or other personally identifiable information (such as your e-mail address or phone number) to any party other than Bethesda.

Bethesda also partners with Voter Voice, which is part of Fiscal Note, for the purpose of engaging website visitors in advocacy action efforts to support the Bethesda mission. Voter Voice will not disclose your name or personally identifiable information to any party, other than Bethesda or the elected officials you choose to contact on the Voter Voice platform.  You can view Voter Voice’s privacy policy here link: https://bethesdalc.org/get-involved/advocate/action-center/

Bethesda Lutheran Communities has vendors that occasionally assist with processing and managing donations and donor data. When necessary to accomplish a specific business purpose, we give these vendors access to relevant donor data.  Such vendors are bound to keep any accessed or shared data strictly confidential. They are prohibited from selling, sharing or trading any donor data with anyone.

Opting Out

Your email address may be used by Bethesda to provide relevant content to you about Bethesda’s mission. You can unsubscribe from any Bethesda emails at any time by clicking the User Email Preferences link at the bottom of every Bethesda email.

To discontinue the receipt of postal mail, please contact Bethesda at DevelopmentDepartment@bethesdalc.org. Please note: there can be an 8-12 week lapse period due to the fact that a subsequent mailing may already be in production. If you do receive another mailing, please accept our apologies and know we have processed your request.

Security of Your Information

We use industry standard safeguards to protect your information. When you make a donation from our site using a credit card, your credit card number is accepted and processed by VeriSign and through Blackbaud Merchant Services. All transactions between customers occur over connections that use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts the information submitted. We do not reveal credit card numbers when confirming orders on our site or through e-mail. These measures make it extremely difficult for anyone to intercept the credit card information you send to us. When we work with other companies to process credit card transactions, those companies also use encryption and other security measures.

Aggregate Information We Collect

When you visit our public site, our servers automatically store the following information about your computer in log files:

  • Your IP address
  • Your browser and version
  • Your operating system
  • The date and time of your visit
  • The site from which you came (If you came from a search engine, the search words you used to find our site are also stored.)  

This information cannot be used to identify specific individuals, and is only used for:

  • Anonymous user analysis
  • Research and development

Cookies

When you provide your information on a form on BethesdaLC.org, including the Donation Form, our site stores a temporary cookie in your browser’s memory. The cookie acts as an ID tag to let our server know who you are so it can manage and remember your information during your website visit.

The cookie simply tells our site where to locate your temporary information on the server. No one can examine the cookie in your browser’s memory to find your personal information. When you exit your browser, the cookie is automatically expired and your information can no longer be accessed.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. If you would like to turn this feature off, you will need to change the settings of your Internet browser.

If you are using a public computer and are concerned about the privacy of your information after you are done with our site, make sure to exit the browser when you are finished. This will ensure that your information will not be available to the next person to use the computer.

Third-Party Links

The Site provides links to third-party websites or apps, including our social media pages. We do not control the privacy and security practices of sites not owned by Bethesda. You should review the privacy notices of other websites or apps that you use to learn about their data practices.

This Site may also include integrated social media tools or “plug-ins”, such as social networking, photo sharing, and video streaming tools offered by third parties. If you use these tools to share personal information or you otherwise interact with social media features on the Site, those social media companies may collect information about you and may use and share such information in accordance with your account settings, including by sharing such information with the general public.  Your interactions with third-party social media companies and the use of their features are governed by the privacy policies of the social media companies that provide those features. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy notices of any social media accounts you create and use.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us at: Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Inc.
600 Hoffmann Drive
Watertown, WI 53094
Phone: 1-800-369-4636
E-mail:  Marketing@BethesdaLC.org