Special November 22, 2011

Privacy Policy

Swish strongly believes in protecting the integrity and privacy of personal information gathered from our members and visitors to our Web sites ("End Users"). Since the protection of your privacy is of the greatest importance to us, we have created this privacy policy to communicate our practices regarding the collection and dissemination of personal information that can be linked to a specific individual, such as a name, address, phone number, e-mail address, or any other information, provided to us by our members and website visitors.

You do not have to share personally identifiable information to use the Swish web site. Swish does not collect personally identifiable information about people without their permission. However, please be aware that our site links to a limited number of other websites and Swish cannot control and is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of those websites.

Our privacy policy explains the information practices we use at swishpride.org related to:

  • How we use the information gathered when you become a donor to Swish or use one of our online services
  • How you receive e-mails and e-mail Newsletters from Swish
  • How we track HTML newsletters
  • How we protect your information
  • How to unsubscribe from our mailing lists
  • How to correct information you have provided
  • How to contact us about privacy issues

How we use the information gathered when you become a member of Swish or use one of our online services:

We gather contact information when you contribute to Swish online or via mail, join at Pride or another event, when you sign up to use the Swish Action Center or when you sign up on one of our listservs such as the Arts Ambassadors Council. We use this information to send you legislative updates, action alerts, press releases, information about Swish programs, events and activities, local volunteer opportunities and membership and renewal appeals.

Swish also uses information gathered via the Swish website to improve our web-based services. Swish periodically performs statistical analyses of aggregate user behavior and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of various areas on our website and to use such information to improve on our website's ability to serve you better.

Cookies: Swish uses "cookies" on some webpages. A cookie is a small piece of data stored on an End User's hard drive but does not itself contain any personal information. Cookies enhance an End User's experience by saving the End User from having to log in or provide information each time he or she revisits an Swish webpage and by customizing content based on an End User's interests. An End User can configure his or her browser to be alerted when a site is attempting to send a cookie and refuse the cookie. Swish also tracks End User activity and click-through behavior to provide an End User with a more personalized experience while visiting our Web pages and for more personalized email alerts. Swish also uses IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the web site, track End User movement and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

How you receive e-mails and e-mail newsletters from Swish:

You will only receive email newsletters from us if you have a) expressly signed up to receive emails from Swish through the Swish website, b) taken action on behalf of Swish either online or in person; or c) and/or have been invited to sign up to to receive Swish emails at Prides and at many other hosted Swish events. The information we gather from subscribers for Swish’s email messaging (including email addresses) is not shared with other organizations or parties. In order to provide you with better and more relevant information, we compile information about email response and website usage. This information helps us to better understand our members' site usage patterns and also what types of content and information may help improve your user experience on the Swish website. All emails sent contain a link to unsubscribe or to modify your profile. You may subscribe or unsubscribe to any newsletter or email communication from Swish at any time.

How we protect your information:

Swish is extremely protective of the information gathered through its membership and website. Our website has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of the information under our control. Our web server is located in a locked, secure environment. All databases containing personal information are securely stored on a separate system that is not connected to the Internet.

When you contribute to Swish online, we use a secure server and encryption to protect your financial and other personal information during transmission.

Swish follows the Association of Fundraising Professional's (AFP) Ethical Guidelines to the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice. At this time, Swish does not exchange or rent mail lists to like-minded organizations through bonded third-party vendors. 

Swish does not specifically ask children under 18 for any information and we do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information about them.

How to unsubscribe from mailing lists:

All Swish communication, whether via email or US mail, provides information on how to unsubscribe quickly and easily. Those wishing to opt out of receiving all communications from Swish ("do not contact"), or from being included in future list exchanges with like-minded organizations ("do not exchange") can simply contact our Administrator at info@swishpride.org or via phone 718.685.2700, or via US mail at 676A 9th Avenue, Suite 131, New York, NY 10036.

How to correct information you have provided:

You may correct and/or change any information regarding your membership by contacting our Administrator at info@swishpride.org or via phone 718.685.2700.

How to contact us about privacy:

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, the information we have collected from you online, the practices of this site or your interaction with this website, send email to: info@swishpride.org 

You can also reach us via U.S. mail at:

Member Services
676A 9th Avenue, Suite 131
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 718.685.2700