Privacy Policy

The Council on Foundations (the Council) has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate its firm commitment to the privacy of Council members and website users. The following paragraphs describe the Council's information gathering and dissemination practices. The privacy statement may change at any time; any changes will be posted on this page. Should you have additional questions, comments or concerns please contact:

Council on Foundations
Customer Service
2121 Crystal Drive, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 703/879-0600

The following topics describe how the Council uses information voluntarily submitted by its members and other visitors to this site, WWW.COF.ORG.

E-mail Privacy

Your e-mail address will only be used within the Council. The Council does not share, sell or rent e-mail addresses to anyone outside the organization. If you do not wish to receive e-mail correspondence, please e-mail your request to or call the Council's Service Center at 703-879-0600.

Use of IP addresses and Cookies

A unique number called an IP address identifies every computer on the Internet. Each time you connect to the Internet your machine is assigned an IP address. An IP address is a number that identifies each sender or receiver of information that is sent in packets across the Internet. The Council uses your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer the Council website.

"Cookies" are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in the future. The Council uses cookies to maintain user session identity, and, in some non-member areas, to store your username and password locally for ease of access.

The Council may also collect certain demographic information about visitors to through the use of cookies. The Council only uses this data to improve the overall website and for internal business purposes. Site/Membership Registration Forms

The Council's website registration forms require users to give us contact information (such as name and e-mail address), method of payment, and demographic information. The Council may use customer contact information from the registration forms to send the user information about the Council. The customer's contact information is also used to contact the visitor when necessary. Information regarding method of payment is collected for member enrollment, registration and to process orders for products and services.

External Links contains links to other external websites that do not fall under the domain. is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such external websites. If you choose to follow such links to external websites, you do so at your own risk.

E-Commerce for Council Products, Events, and Services may use order forms for customers to request information, products, and services. The Council on Foundations collects visitor's contact information (such as e-mail address) and method of payment. Contact information from any order form is used to process orders and to send information about the Council. User payment information that is collected is used to check the users' qualifications and bill the user for products and services.

Surveys online surveys ask respondents for contact information (such as e-mail address) and demographic information (such as zip code and age). The Council also may use contact data from its surveys to send information about the Council.

Public Forums

This site makes chat rooms, forums, e-mail lists and message boards available to its users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Although the Council tries to protect your personal information when you are using these public forums, the Council cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to the Council in the course of using any one or more of these areas, and you do so at your own risk.


All Council on Foundation websites have security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of all information under the Council's control.