OUR COMMITMENT TO PRIVACY

The Prison Entrepreneurship Program values your privacy. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT

On some areas of our site, you are prompted to provide us with personal information when you, for example, make a donation,  register to receive newsletters, apply to be a volunteer, or register for an event. The types of personal information collected on these pages vary, but may include the following kinds of general information:

    • Name
    • Address
    • Email address
    • Phone number
    • Credit/debit card information
    • (etc.)

We may from time to time give users the opportunity to participate in online surveys to provide feedback on aspects of our program. These surveys are always optional, and data collected in them will only be used to provide more personalized content, as well as to better understand how people respond to our program efforts and how those efforts might be improved.

 

THE WAY WE USE PERSONAL INFORMATION

We use email addresses to fulfill your requests for newsletter subscriptions and to answer the email we receive.

We also use email addresses and mailing addresses to send updates about various program activities. To exclude yourself from any of these mailings, electronic or postal, please contact us. (you may also opt-out of electronic mailings by clicking the unsubscribe link included in each mailing.)

 

COOKIES AND OTHER AUTOMATIC INFORMATION

We use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our web site. For example, we analyze how many people visit each area of the site, how long they stay, the type of browsers that are being used, certain demographic and affinity information, how many people click on various web promotions. This information is collected primarily through Google analytics. If you do not wish for this information to be captured, please sign out of all Google accounts prior to visiting the website. You can also opt-out of all google analytics features, for all sites, via their opt-out tool.

Our email newsletter software tracks people subscribing or unsubscribing from each email newsletter, who open email messages we send (if your computer supports such capabilities), and who clicks on which links in the email. In general, we use this information only in aggregate to analyze the success of email campaigns. However, we may at times target email newsletters based on this activity.

Like many sites, we use “cookies” to help analyze our web site traffic. Cookies are small identifying tags that we transfer to your computer through your web browser. They do not provide us with any personal information about you. We use them to track how many times people visit our sites – whether most people come once / week, once / month, or are first-time visitors. We analyze this data in aggregate, not at an individual level. If you choose not to accept cookies, it will not affect your experience at our site.

 

SHARING INFORMATION WITH THIRD PARTIES

The Prison Entrepreneurship Program will never sell, trade, or share personal information provided by donors with third party organizations. This applies to both online and offline donations, as well as all donation types and methods.

 

DATA APPENDS

From time to time we acquire details about people who are in our database from third parties to enhance the data we already have.

 

OUR COMMITMENT TO DATA SECURITY

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. PEP uses internet encryption software, secure socket layer (SSL) protocol when collecting or transferring sensitive data such as credit card information. Any information you enter is encrypted in your browser, sent over the public internet in encrypted form, and then de-encrypted at our server. Once we receive your credit card information, it is accessible only to a small number of trusted pf staff that have been specially trained in processing this information.

 

OUR COMMITMENT TO CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

Protecting the privacy of children is extremely important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information on our website from those we know are under 16, and no part of our website is designed to attract anyone under 16.

 

GIFT ACCEPTANCE POLICY

Your generous contribution to the Prison Entrepreneurship Program supports year-round programs and initiatives restoring those affected by crime and incarceration. As good stewards of your donations, we follow clear guidelines in processing your gifts.

    • The Prison Entrepreneurship Program solicits and accepts gifts that are consistent with its mission and support its core programs, as well as special projects.
    • Donations will generally be accepted from individuals, partnerships, corporations, foundations, or other entities, without limitations.
    • In the course of its regular fundraising activities, the Prison Entrepreneurship Program will accept donations of money, real property, personal property, stock, life insurance beneficiary designations, other gifts such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts and gift-in-kind services.
    • Certain types of gifts must be reviewed and are subject to approval prior to acceptance due to liabilities they may pose for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program.
    • The Prison Entrepreneurship Program seeks to protect its donors so we have in place various restrictions to prevent unlawful activity regarding donations or refunds.

 

DONOR RIGHTS

Philanthropy is for the common good and necessary for the quality of life. To facilitate philanthropy and earn the general public’s respect and trust so that donors and prospective donors have full confidence in the Prison Entrepreneurship Program we provide these rights to all donors:

To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

 

    • To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
    • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
    • To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
    • To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
    • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
    • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
    • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
    • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

 

REFUND POLICY

If you have made an error in making your donation or change your mind about contributing to the Prison Entrepreneurship Program  (PEP), we will honor your request for a refund made within 15 days of your donation. To request a refund, call 832-767-0928 or email info@pep.org. Refunds will only be returned to the actual donor, with exceptions only if the requestor provides PEP with documented legal authorization to receive such a refund.  Refunds are returned only upon PEP validating your information and using the original method of payment, except cash donations will be returned via check. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card.  No exceptions to this rule will be made.  Please allow 30 days for your request to be processed.

If you feel there is an unauthorized transaction on your credit card account, please contact your credit card merchant to dispute the charge directly.  PEP is unable to refund fraudulent transactions.

If you unintentionally mailed a check to PEP and it was not made payable to PEP but inadvertently deposited and you would like a refund you will need to dispute the transaction with your bank directly.  Due to regulatory banking guidelines PEP is unable to refund these types of transactions.

 

UNIFORM DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

The Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) is a §501(c)(3) organization, gifts to which may be deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. You may obtain a copy of PEP’s financial statements by writing: Prison Entrepreneurship Program, 4140 directors row STE. B, Houston, TX 77092, calling 832-767-0928 or going to pep.org/financials

All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our policy is to apply all gifts given toward a specific project to that project. Occasionally, we receive more contributions than can be wisely applied to a specific project. When that happens, we use the excess funds to meet other pressing needs that will help advance PEP’s mission to transform lives, restore families and rebuild communities.

 

HOW YOU CAN ACCESS OR CORRECT YOUR INFORMATION

You can access your personally identifiable information, make corrections, or request that this information be removed from our system by calling us at 832-767-0928.

 

HOW TO CONTACT US

Should you have other questions or concerns about these policies, please contact us.