Privacy Policy

The Givens Foundation for African American Literature (“Givens Foundation”) understands your concerns about information privacy and is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. We will not collect any personally identifiable information during your visit to this website unless you voluntarily submit this information.

Use of Information that You Provide
The Givens Foundation may use your personally identifiable information (name, address, telephone, email, etc.) gathered from event registrations, drawings, donations, and other sources, to provide you with information from the Givens Foundation. The Givens Foundation may exchange your Givens Foundation mailing information on a single-usage basis with other nonprofit arts organizations that provide events or services that, in our judgment, may appeal to Givens Foundation constituents. However, the Givens Foundation will never share your email or phone information with other organizations and will not provide your name to any other organization for the purposes of soliciting you for a financial contribution. It is the Givens Foundation’s intent to protect your privacy and, besides the judicious exchange with other nonprofit arts organizations, we will not voluntarily provide your personal information to any institution that wishes to sell its products to you or to harass you with “junk mail.”

Financial Information
The Givens Foundation will protect any personal financial information that you share with us. Our secure server encrypts all personal information so that it cannot be read as it is transmitted over the internet. If you make a purchase on this site, we will use your credit card number only to process your payment and will not use it for marketing purposes.

The Givens Foundation website will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on the Givens Foundation or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of the Givens Foundation; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Givens Foundation, or the public.

Voluntary Participation and Severance
By using the Givens Foundation website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement. You may request that the Givens Foundation no longer use your personally identifiable information by one of the methods listed below. The Givens Foundation will remove your information at the earliest opportunity after receiving your request.

Although the Givens Foundation will make every effort to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures and usage of personally identifiable information, we cannot guarantee that your personally identifiable information will never be disclosed.

Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that are transferred to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser. Cookies are also used to record page location to assist with navigation and menus on our site.

The Givens Foundation currently uses Secure Socket Layering (SSL) to encrypt sensitive information, such as financial information, while that data travels over the Internet.

Warning about Fraudulent Emails
“Phishing” is a scam designed to steal your personal information. If you receive an email that looks like it is from us asking you for your personal information, do not respond. We will never request your password, user name, credit card information or other highly personal information through email.

Our site includes links to other websites. The Givens Foundation is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of websites other than

Your Consent
By using our website, you consent to our use of information that is collected or submitted as described in this online privacy policy. We may change or add to this privacy policy so we encourage you to review it periodically.