Privacy Policy

Last modified Dec. 22, 2023

Data collection and analysis provide an opportunity to build and maintain relationships with supporters, like you, in a variety of ways. However, our main priority is your trust in our organization, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (“CDP”, “we” or “us”). This Privacy Policy describes, how we process your personal data as controller and use several measures to keep any personal information we capture secure.

If you have questions or comments about this policy, please contact us at or by mail to:

Center for Disaster Philanthropy
One Thomas Circle NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

The following policy is our commitment to your privacy, and while most of the language focuses on online privacy, we extend these same standards and considerations to all constituent information, regardless of the source.

This Policy and our Terms of Use govern your use of this Site.

Information We Gather from You:

We process the following categories of personal data from you:

  • When you sign up to receive e-mail updates from CDP, we ask for your contact name and e-mail address;
  • When you donate online by credit card, you are required to submit your name, your credit card number and billing information for credit card verification purposes. This information allows our credit card processor Blackbaud [] to process and fulfill your donation, to notify you of your donation status or to associate your donation with a particular fundraising campaign. If you would like to donate anonymously, please indicate this when completing the donation form by checking the box “I would like this gift to remain anonymous.” If you pay by check you can indicate that you wish to remain anonymous by noting it on the check. The payment information you provide on the Blackbaud website when making a donation is transmitted and stored securely by Blackbaud, our payment processor. You should review their privacy policy and contact them directly at with any questions about payment security.
  • When you visit our websites (, and, your IP address is visible to us and used in conjunction with other information such as browser, operating system, referring URL, country, location, and behavior on the site.
  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) collects personally identifiable data through our websites and online platforms, such as names, addresses, zip/postal codes, e-mail addresses, etc., when submitted by a visitor.
  • We may use cookies and similar technologies like tracking pixels to access or store information about traffic patterns and user behavior on the site.
  • CDP uses various strong encryption mechanisms to protect data, including TLS 1.2, AES 256, RSA 1024 and other FIPS140-2 encryption algorithms.

Purposes and Legal Bases for Processing Your Personal Data:

Processing Activity Legal Basis for Processing
Sign-up process: data that is processed when you sign-up to receive e-mail updates from us. We have obtained your prior consent to the processing (this legal basis is only used in relation to processing that is entirely voluntary – it is not used for processing that is necessary or obligatory in any way).
Donation process: personal data that is processed when you donate online to CDP via credit card in order to carry out the donation, to notify you of your donation status or to associate your donation with a particular fundraising campaign. The processing is necessary in connection with any contract that you have entered into with us, or to take steps prior to entering into a contract with us; We further have a legitimate interest in carrying out the processing of your name and contact details for contacting you about your donation status (to the extent that such legitimate interest is not overridden by your interests, fundamental rights, or freedoms, such as with opting to remain anonymous).

With Whom We Share Your Personal Data: 

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) will never rent, loan or sell your personal information with anyone else or with any other organization. CDP will only share your information with third-party companies that assist us with activities related to CDP’s services, such as processing your payment,  fulfilling your donation, sending you email newsletters that you’ve opted in to receive. These companies are only authorized to use your personal information as necessary to provide these services to us. The recipients of your personal data are:

  • Blackbaud, Inc. (

Further, we may disclose your personal information

  • When required by law or by subpoena or other similar legal process.
  • When we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, to protect your safety or the safety of others, or investigate fraud.

Also, CDP will not send mailings to you on behalf of other organizations.

Cookies Used by CDP

Cookies are small text files that may be stored on your computer or other device when you visit a website. They are generally used to make websites work, to keep track of your movements within the website, to remember your login details, and for similar activities. CDP may use cookies to distinguish between users, improve the use and functionality of our website, and analyze how our website is used and compile anonymous and aggregate statistics.

Please note that while first-party cookies are stored by the website you are visiting, third-party cookies are stored by a website other than the one you are visiting and are not under the control of CDP.

Cookie Name First or Third Party Duration Purpose Types of data collected
_ga Third party (Google Analytics) 2 years Functionality (site analytics) User ID data used to distinguish users.
_ga, _gid, _ga_[multiple] Third party (Google Analytics) 2 years Site analytics User ID data used to distinguish users.
_hj[multiple] Third Party (HotJar) 1 month Site analytics User ID data used to distinguish users.
cookieconsent_status First Party 1 year Consent management Status only.

How We Ensure the Security of Your Personal Data:

CDP follows generally accepted industry standards to secure personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, as with any information given over the web, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions about security on our website, you can contact CDP at

For How Long We Retain Your Personal Data:

CDP will retain your information for a time determined by operational and legal considerations. For example, we are legally required to hold some types of information for statutory and regulatory obligations such as tax or accounting purposes.

Your Legal Rights Regarding the Processing of Your Personal Data, if you are located in the European Union:

If you are located in the European Union, you may have the following rights regarding the processing of your personal data:

  • the right to request access to, or copies of, your personal data, together with data regarding the nature, processing and disclosure of those personal data;
  • the right to request rectification of any inaccuracies in your personal data;
  • the right to request, on legitimate grounds:
    • erasure of your personal data; or
    • restriction of processing of your personal data;
  • the right to have certain personal data transferred to another controller, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, to the extent applicable;
  • where we process your personal data on the basis of your consent, the right to withdraw that consent (noting that such withdrawal does not affect the lawfulness of any processing performed prior to the date on which we receive notice of such withdrawal, and does not prevent the processing of your personal data in reliance upon any other available legal bases); and
  • the right to lodge complaints regarding the processing of your personal data with a data protection authority (in particular, the data protection authority of the EU member state in which you live, or in which you work, or in which the alleged infringement occurred, each if applicable).

Further, you may also have the following additional rights regarding the processing of your personal data:

  • the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to the processing of your personal data by us or on our behalf; and
  • the right to object to the processing of your personal data by us or on our behalf for direct marketing purposes.
  • To exercise any of your rights, please contact us directly at We have one month to respond to you if you make a request regarding your personal data.

Your Legal Rights Regarding the Processing of Your Personal Data, if you are located outside the European Union:

Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Opt-out Policy:  If at any time you would like to discontinue your relationship or part of your relationship with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, simply use the Unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email you receive or contact us directly at

Correcting Your Personal Information: If at any time you believe the information collected by CDP is incorrect or inappropriate, simply email us at to review what information CDP has collected from you, have your information changed, or have it removed from our database.

Right to Erasure: If you wish to delete your account or have your information removed from our system, email For your privacy and security, this request must originate from the email address of your CDP account.


Our sites targeted to general audiences and we do not collect information about a visitor’s age. CDP does not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13; we do not offer products or services directly to children. If we ever learn that we have collected any personally identifiable information from a child under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you are a parent or guardian and believe that your under age child may have provided personally identifiable information without your consent, please contact us at or by mail at Center for Disaster Philanthropy, One Thomas Circle, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005.

Acceptance of Privacy Policy:

By using this web site, or any other portal or online giving, whether online or offline, that is operated or managed by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, you indicate your acceptance of this Privacy Policy. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be posted to this page, along with the date it was last updated.

This policy was updated Dec. 22, 2023.