Privacy Policy

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) is committed to maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and security of personal information entrusted to us by current donors, potential donors, the board and staff, the nonprofit agencies who approach us for funding, and the people that they serve.

The CFMC does not share, loan, rent or sell individual information of any kind that we receive from donors, professional advisors, nonprofit organizations and others who use the website of the Community Foundation to make their connection to the community. Online giving transactions are processed on a secure server.

The CFMC provides links to external web sites from our web site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of those sites.

How we Respect Your Privacy

This Privacy Policy applies to information we (The Community Foundation for Monterey County) collect about individuals who interact with our organization. It explains what personal information we collect and how we use it.
If you have any comments or questions about this notice, feel free to contact us and we will take the necessary steps to remedy the situation.

1. Personal data that we process

The following table explains the types of data we collect and the legal basis, under current data protection legislation, on which this data is processed.

Purpose Data (key elements) Basis
Inquiring about our organization and its work Name, email, message Legitimate interests – it is necessary for us to read and store your message so that we can respond in the way that you would expect.
Subscribing to email updates about our work Name, email Consent – you have given your active consent.
Making a donation Name, email, address, payment information Legitimate interests – this information is necessary for us to fulfill your intention of donating money and your expectation of receiving a confirmation message.
Payment Information None We do not save your payment information. The information received is only used to process the transaction.
Website functionality Website activity collected through cookies Legitimate interests
– it is necessary for us to store a small amount of information, usually through cookies, to deliver functionality that you would expect, such as remembering the contents of your transaction before you have fully completed the process.

2. How we use your data

We will only use your data in a manner that is appropriate considering the basis on which that data was collected, as set out in the table at the top of this policy.
For example, we may use your personal information to:

  • reply to inquiries you send to us.
  • handle donations or other transactions that you initiate.
  • where you have specifically agreed to this, send you marketing communications by email relating to our work which we think may be of interest to you.

3. When we share your data

We will only pass your data to third parties in the following circumstances:

  • you have provided your explicit consent for us to pass data to a named third party.
  • we are using a third party purely for the purposes of processing data on our behalf and we have in place a data processing agreement with that third party that fulfils our legal obligations in relation to the use of third party data processors; or
  • we are required by law to share your data.

4. How long we keep your data

We take the principles of data minimization and removal seriously and have internal policies in place to ensure that we only ever ask for the minimum amount of data for the associated purpose and delete that data promptly once it is no longer required.

5. Rights you have over your data

You have a range of rights over your data, which include the following:

  • Where data processing is based on consent, you may revoke this consent at any time and we will make it as easy as possible for you to do this (for example by putting ‘unsubscribe’ links at the bottom of all our marketing emails).
  • You have the right to ask for rectification and/or deletion of your information.
  • You have the right of access to your information.

If you would like to access the rights listed above, or any other legal rights you have over your data under current legislation, please get in touch with us.

Please note that relying on some of these rights, such as the right to deleting your data, will make it impossible for us to continue to deliver some services to you. However, where possible we will always try to allow the maximum access to your rights while continuing to deliver as many services to you as possible.

6. CFMC Cookies & Usage Tracking

The Community Foundation for Monterey County website uses cookies. Cookies are small pieces of data about your browsing activity that are stored on your computer or mobile device. Our website uses cookies to enhance the user experience, recognize your device each time you return to our site, and keep track of previously visited pages. We do not use the information gathered through cookies in any way except those outlined in this Website Privacy Policy. The purpose of the cookies is to improve user experience when visiting this website. You can reject cookies or cancel them by instructing your Web browser accordingly.

We also use some cookies that do not collect personal information but that do help us collect anonymous information about how people use our website. We use Google Analytics for this purpose (Section 9).

7. Electronic Newsletter

We may share information with service providers solely for the purpose of producing and disseminating Foundation information to our constituents. You may remove yourself from our mailing list at any time. If you are receiving the Foundation’s electronic newsletter by mistake, or have any problems whatsoever unsubscribing, please contact us and we will take the necessary steps to remedy the situation.

8. IP addresses

The Community Foundation for Monterey County uses your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer, and for statistical metrics used to track website visitor traffic.

9. Google Analytics

Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website usage by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information collected by Google Analytics about usage of our website is not personally identifiable. The data is collected anonymously, stored by Google and used by us to create reports about website usage. Google’s privacy policy is available at

Information recorded includes information such as how you arrived at our site (e.g., the URL you came from or if you arrived from another site), your network name, your browser type, which type of Internet browsing device you are using, the country, state, and city where your server is located, and the pages viewed during your visit to our site. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this website is restricted by the Google Privacy Policy. To provide website visitors more choice on how their data is collected by Google Analytics, Google has developed an Opt-out Browser add-on, which is available by visiting Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on, to enable you to opt-out of Google’s programs.

We do not sell or rent personal information to others. We use your information only for the limited purposes of sending you updates and useful information about our programs, enhancing the site operation, and for statistical purposes and for overall systems administration.

10. Copyright Statement

Copyright in the text materials contained in this website is owned by the CFMC. These text materials may be used, downloaded, reproduced, or reprinted, provided that this copyright notice appears on all copies and provided that such use, download, reproduction, or reprint is for noncommercial or personal use only. The text materials contained in the website may not be modified in any way.

Copyright in the photographs, illustrations, artworks, and other graphic materials are reserved to the CFMC and/or the copyright owners (licensors). Prior permission to use, download, reproduce, or reprint any photograph, illustration, artwork, or other graphic material must be obtained by the copyright owner, regardless of intended use.

11. Disclaimer of Warranties and Liability

Because of the number of possible sources of information available through this website, and the inherent hazards and uncertainties of electronic distribution, there may be delays, omissions and inaccuracies in such information. The CFMC cannot and does not warrant the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, noninfringement or fitness for a particular purpose of the information available through this website, nor do we guarantee that this
Web site will be error-free and continuously available.

12. Links to Other Sites

You may establish a hypertext link to this site from your website, so long as the page containing the link properly attributes the linked site to CFMC and does not state or imply any sponsorship of your site by the CFMC. We may revoke this permission at any time. Without prior written consent of CFMC, you may not create a link to this site that incorporates or relies upon, in whole or in part, any content from any page on this website, or that incorporates any copyrighted or otherwise intellectual property of the CFMC.

13. Privacy Policy Changes

Your use of this site indicates an acceptance of the terms of the Privacy Policy. The CFMC may amend this privacy policy from time to time. If a modification meaningfully reduces your rights, we’ll notify people whose personal data we hold and is affected. Such changes will be publicly posted in this area of our website. If you have any questions or concerns about the CFMC’s privacy policy, please contact us at 831.375.9712.