Key Policies

(adapted from the privacy policy of the Institute for Nonprofit News)

Nonprofit Sector News (NSN) has prepared this Privacy Policy to explain how NSN collects, uses, protects, and shares information when you use nonprofitsectornews.org website (the “Site”) or when you use any NSN services (the “Services”). By using the Site or Services you consent to this Privacy Policy.

Information Nonprofit Sector News Collects

Personally Identifiable Information. NSN may collect or have access to information that personally identifies you, such as your name and e-mail address, from time to time only if you choose to share such information with NSN.

Site Usage Data

NSN automatically collects anonymous usage data regarding the actions you take on the Site. For example, each time you use the Site, NSN may automatically collect the type of Web browser you use, your operating system, your Internet Service Provider, your IP address, the pages you view, and the time and duration of your visits to the Site. These data do not identify, contact, or precisely locate any individual. NSN uses these data to help us understand how people use the Site and Services, and to enhance the services  NSN offer.

Cookies and Web Beacons

NSN may use cookies (a small text file placed on your computer to identify your computer and browser) and other tracking technologies to improve the quality of the Site or Services. Most Web browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your Web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, certain features of the Site or Services may not work if you delete or disable cookies. Some of our “Service Providers” (as defined below) may use their own cookies and other tracking technologies in connection with the services they perform on our behalf, as explained in more detail below.

How NSN Uses and Shares Information

NSN uses information that NSN collects for internal purposes only, such as providing the Services. NSN will not sell, share, or rent your personally identifiable information to third parties, and NSN will not otherwise disclose your personally identifiable information to third parties, without your permission, except as expressly disclosed in this Privacy Policy.

From time to time, NSN might establish a business relationship with third parties whom NSN believes trustworthy and whom NSN has asked to confirm that their privacy practices are consistent with NSN’s (“Service Providers”). For example, NSN may contract with Service Providers to provide certain services, such as Web analytics tools, newsletter and list management services, Web hosting, and Web and application development. NSN provides our Service Providers with the information needed for them to perform these services. Each Service Provider must agree to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information involved in order to protect your information from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure.

NSN may use, and disclose to third parties, anonymous data regarding the Site and Services (e.g., number of visits, page views, frequency, number, time, and other data related to ads delivered, and other usage metrics) without your permission. However, such data does not identify you or any other individual.

NSN may share information with other corporations controlling, controlled by, or under common control with NSN. If Nonprofit Sector News is merged, acquired, or sold, or in the event of a transfer of some or all of our assets, NSN may disclose or transfer information in connection with such transaction. You will have the opportunity to opt out of any such transfer if, in our discretion, the new entity plans to handle your information in a way that differs materially from this Privacy Policy.

Nonprofit Sector News cooperates with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. NSN may disclose information to government or law enforcement officials or private parties if, in our discretion, NSN believes it is necessary or appropriate in order to respond to legal requests (including court orders and subpoenas), to protect the safety, property, or rights of Nonprofit Sector News or of any third party, to prevent or stop any illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity, or to comply with the law or legal process.

Third Party Websites

The Site or Services may contain links to websites or content operated and maintained by third parties, over which NSN has no control. You access such third-party websites or content at your own risk. You should always read the privacy policy of a third-party website before disclosing any information to the website.

Security

 NSN maintains physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect the confidentiality and security of personally identifiable information and other information transmitted to us. However, no data transmission over the Internet or other network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while NSN strives to protect information transmitted on or through the Site or Services, NSN cannot and does not guarantee the security of any information you transmit on or through the Site or Services, and you do so at your own risk.

Children’s Privacy Statement

NSN does not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13. If NSN becomes aware that NSN has inadvertently received information from a child under the age of 13, NSN will delete such information from our records. Because NSN does not knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13, NSN also does not knowingly distribute such information to third parties.

Privacy Policy Changes

From time to time, NSN may change this Privacy Policy. If NSN decides to change this Privacy Policy,  NSN will inform you by posting the revised Privacy Policy on the Site. Those changes will go into effect on the Revision Date shown at the top of the revised Privacy Policy. Your continued use of the Site or Services constitutes your consent to the revised Privacy Policy.

Terms of Use

(adapted from the Center for Public Integrity)

Welcome to Nonprofit Sector News. You may be visiting us from a computer, mobile phone, tablet, or other mobile device. Regardless of the platform, these Terms of Use constitute a binding legal agreement between you and Nonprofit Sector News. Please read them carefully. By accessing any of our services (including by automated means) you accept its terms.

Last updated April 6, 2020

General Provisions

Nonprofit Sector News respects your privacy. Please take a moment to review our Privacy Policy, so you understand what information we collect through this service, how we use it, how we secure it, and when we may share it.

The web is an evolving medium. If we need to change these Terms of Use in the future, we will post the revised Terms of Use and update the “Last Updated” date, above, to reflect the date of the changes. By continuing to use this service after we post such changes, you agree to these Terms of Use, as modified.

We reserve the right to deny access to this service, or any other service we provide, to anyone who violates this agreement or who, in our judgment, interferes with the ability of others to enjoy this service, or infringes the rights of others. We may change, restrict access to, suspend, or discontinue your access to this service, or any portion of this service, at any time and for any reason, with or without prior notice. We may terminate this agreement for any reason and at any time. Otherwise applicable sections of the agreement shall remain in force after termination. Please bring to our attention any material on our site that you believe to be inaccurate. Please forward a copy of the material to nonprofitsectornews@gmail.com along with an explanation of your objection.

If you have other comments or questions about our site, please also email nonprofitsectornews@gmail.com

Notice of Copyright Infringement

If you are a copyright owner who believes your copyrighted material has been reproduced, posted or distributed on this website in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, please inform our designated copyright agent by sending written notice via the U.S. Postal Service to:

Nonprofit Sector News

Attn: Dane S. Claussen

19 Bessemer Street

Greenville, PA 161625

Or email nonprofitsectornews@gmail.com. Please include the following information in your written notice: (1) a detailed description of the copyrighted work that is allegedly infringed; (2) a description of the location of the allegedly infringing material on this site; (3) your contact information, including your address, telephone number, and, if available, email address; (4) a statement by you indicating that you have a good-faith belief that the allegedly infringing use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; (5) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, affirming that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf; and (6) an electronic or physical signature of the copyright owner or someone authorized on the owner’s behalf to assert infringement of copyright and to submit the statement. Please note that the contact information provided in this paragraph is for suspected copyright infringement only.  Contact information for other matters is provided elsewhere in these Terms of Use or elsewhere on the site.

How You May Use Our Content

Nonprofit Sector News content is made available for both the use of other journalists at nonprofit and for-profit news organizations and the general public (including persons affiliated with other nonprofit organizations). All content and other material on this website is the property of the Nonprofit Sector News except when it is distributed by other news media as part of their publicly available content. Nonprofit Sector News content is protected by U.S. copyright laws, other copyright laws, and international conventions. Nonprofit Sector News’ original journalism content may be distributed, displayed, reproduced, performed, serve as the basis of derivative works, or otherwise used, by news media or anyone else, provided that you keep intact all credits and copyright and other proprietary notices. If you have questions about the use of Nonprofit Sector News content, please contact nonprofitsectornews@gmail.com or call 724-813-9665.

You are free to establish a hypertext link to our site so long as the link does not state or imply that we sponsor, endorse, or are affiliated with you or your website. However, you may not, without our prior written permission, frame or inline link any of the content of our site, or incorporate into another website or other service any of the content or other material you find on our site, unless you are a news medium and you keep intact all credits and copyright and other proprietary notices.

Registration

To receive either of our two email newsletters (one for other journalists and the other for everyone, including journalists), you will be required to provide your email address. Our use of any information you provide to us or that we gather while you’re visiting our site is governed by our Privacy Policy.

Your Conduct When Using Our Site

Our Community Group for Nonprofit Sector News on Facebook includes features that allow users to interact with each other. These features are intended to create a community where you can share your thoughts on what you’ve read from Nonprofit Sector News. While we reserve the right to monitor user postings, it is up to our users to ensure that the discourse flowing from Nonprofit Sector News, especially our Facebook community group, remains polite and informative.

First and foremost, we ask that you treat other site users with respect. Language and content should be appropriate for a civil, adult conversation. Please respect the rights of others to their opinions; understand that there may be many other sides to every story.  If you see something on the site that you believe is inaccurate, or about which you hold a different opinion, feel free to post a comment in response.

By participating in discussions or posting to Facebook’s Community Group for Nonprofit Sector News, or otherwise engage in public discussions or postings directly related to Nonprofit Sector News, you agree that you will not:

-Use the site to impersonate any person or entity, or misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;

-Use the site to engage in or to instigate or encourage others to engage in illegal activities or to cause injury or damage to any person or entity;

-Use the site to post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, harassing, abusive, libelous, obscene, or pornographic content;

-Use the site to post or transmit any information or content that violates or infringes the rights of others, including information or content that invades the privacy or violates the right of publicity of any person or that is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right, without permission;

-Submit content that contains personally identifiable information about other people, including their physical address, electronic mail address, telephone number or other sensitive information that could invade their privacy or result in their harassment.

-Use the site to advertise or solicit to anyone to buy or sell products or services, or to make donations of any kind;

-Gather for marketing purposes any email address or other personal information that has been posted by other users of the site;

-Engage in personal attacks, harass or threaten another user, or deliberately disrupt the conversation;

-Use any automated mechanism to collect information from our site in any manner that fails to respect the Robots Exclusion Protocol;

-Access parts of the site to which you are not authorized, or attempt to circumvent restrictions placed on your access to the site;

-Take any action that causes our network to be subject to an unreasonably large load or that in any other manner jeopardizes or interferes with the operation of our network;

-Engage in any conduct that interferes with the ability of any other person to access or enjoy our site; or

-Engage in any action that violates or threatens the security of our system or network.

Your Responsibility for Information and Content You Submit

You acknowledge that you are solely responsible for the text, comments, and other information and content that you post on this website or share with others using this site. By posting information or content to Nonprofit Sector News’ own website or its social media accounts, you represent and warrant: (1) that you are 13 years of age or older; (2) that you are the owner of all content you post or are making your posting or submission with the express consent of the owner; (3) that the content you post will not violate or infringe the rights of others; (4) that the information and content you post will not violate the rights of, or cause injury to, any person or entity; and (5) that you will indemnify and hold harmless us and our directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives and licensors, from and against any liability of any nature arising out of any information or content that is displayed on or submitted via the site by you or by others.

You alone are responsible for the information and content you post on to the website and social media accounts of Nonprofit Sector News. We do not control the information or content that you or others may post on or otherwise transmit through the site. You are responsible for creating backup copies of any information or content you post to our site. We will not be responsible for the deletion of, or the failure to store, display or transmit, any information or content submitted by you.

You understand that we have no obligation to monitor any areas of the site through which users can supply information or content. However, we reserve the right, in our discretion, to screen user submissions and to edit, move, delete, and/or refuse to accept any submissions that in our judgment violate these Terms of Use or otherwise are unacceptable or inappropriate, whether for legal or other reasons.

Our Rights to Use Content You Submit

When you submit any material to our site, you are not giving up any ownership rights you otherwise have in such content. However, you grant us, and anyone authorized by us, a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide right and license to use, copy, modify, transmit, sell, exploit, create derivative works from, distribute, and/or publicly perform or display such material, in whole or in part, in any manner or medium (whether now known or hereafter developed), for any purpose that we choose. The foregoing grant includes the right to exploit any proprietary rights in such submission, including, but not limited to, rights under copyright, trademark or patent laws that exist in any relevant jurisdiction.  Also, in connection with the exercise of these rights, you grant us, and anyone authorized by us, the right to identify you as the author of any of your submissions. You understand that technical processing of the site, including content you submit, may involve transmission over various networks, and may involve changes to the content to conform and adapt it to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices. You will not receive any compensation of any kind for our use of any materials you submit.

We may preserve content you submit, and may disclose such content if required to do so by law or if, in our judgment, such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary: (a) to comply with legal process; (b) to enforce these Terms of Use; (c) to respond to claims that any content you submit violates the rights of third parties; or (d) to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of our site, us, our affiliates, our officers, directors, employees, agents, or representatives, our licensors, other users, and/or the public.

Trademarks and Service Marks

Nonprofit Sector News, its logo, and its domain name nonprofitsectornews.org are service marks of the Center for Public Integrity. The names of other products and services referred to on the site may be the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. You may not use any trademark or service mark appearing on this site without the prior written consent of the owner of the mark.

Disclaimers

Throughout our site, we have provided links and pointers to websites maintained by third parties. Our linking to such third-party sites does not imply that we endorse or sponsor such sites, or the information, products or services offered on or through the sites. Neither we nor any of our affiliates operate or control any information, products or services that third parties may provide on or through our site or on websites to which we link.

The information, products and services offered on or through this site are provided “as is” and without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, we disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. We do not warrant that the site or any of its functions will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that any part of this site, or the servers that make the site available, are free of viruses or other harmful components.

If you are dissatisfied with the site, or any materials, products, or services on the site, or with any of the site’s terms and conditions, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the site.

Limitations of Liability

Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, will we be liable for any damages arising out of your use of this website or any information, content, products, or services made available on or through this site, including indirect, incidental, special, punitive, exemplary or consequential damages, even if we are advised beforehand of the possibility of such damages. Because some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of certain categories of damages, the above limitation may not apply to you. In such states, our liability is limited to the fullest extent permitted by state law.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless us, our affiliates, and each of our and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, licensors, successors and assigns from and against any and all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, that arise out of your use of the site, violation of these Terms of Use by you or any other person using your account, or your violation of any rights of another. We reserve the right to control the defense of any claim for which we are entitled to indemnification under this section. In such event, you agree to provide us with such cooperation as is reasonably requested by us. We will make reasonable efforts to provide you with notice of any such claim, but our failure to provide such notice will not relieve you of these obligations.

Miscellaneous

This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between us and you with respect to the subject matter of this agreement and supersedes all previous and contemporaneous agreements, proposals and communications on this subject, whether written or oral. This agreement is personal to you, is not intended to benefit any third party, and does not create any third party beneficiaries. You may not assign this agreement to anyone. Our failure to enforce any provisions of this agreement shall not waive our right to enforce the remainder of the agreement.

This agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. By using this site, you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in all disputes arising out of or relating to this agreement or use of this website. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action that you may have arising out of or related to use of the site or these Terms of Use must be filed by you within one year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

Editorial Independence Policy

NSN, though not (yet) an Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) member, subscribes to INN’s standards of editorial independence as follows:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We will maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization also may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $1,000 or more. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.

Code of Ethics

Nonprofit Sector News subscribes to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, as amended.

Work with Us

Nonprofit Sector News is eager to work with others who share our vision for and commitment to improving the quality and increasing the quantity of journalism about all types of U.S. nonprofit organizations distributed to the general public by any and all news platforms, nonprofit or for-profit. Please inquire about opportunities for paid employment, free-lancing, internships, or volunteering, including but not limited to contributing content, doing research, assisting with fundraising or administration, serving on the board of directors or an advisory board, or otherwise. Contact: Dane S. Claussen at nonprofitsectornews@gmail.com

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