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Donor Privacy Policy

The Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research (“PTF”) is committed to honoring the privacy of its supporters at all times. We will not sell, trade or share your personal information with anyone outside our organization, nor will we send mailings on behalf of other organizations. PTF collects and maintains personal information that is specifically and knowledgeably provided to us by individuals and companies. We will only share personally identifiable information with a third party if (i) we are required to by law (ii) it is necessary for completing an authorized operation, for instance to process a credit card transaction, or (iii) if the person submitting the information asks that it be shared. Memorial and Honor Giving. You may choose to honor someone whose life has been impacted by cancer by making a donation in their name. Once your gift is received and you have requested a notification be sent to the honoree or family, PTF will send a card to the honoree or family acknowledging your gift. The amount of money donated through memorial or honor donations is kept confidential, but the individual (or their immediate family in the case of a memorial donation) may be provided with the name, email address and mailing address of those individuals who have donated in honor of their loved one, whether in the card itself or at the request of the honoree or family.

There are times when you communicate with us, register for an event, donate, purchase merchandise, volunteer, fundraiser on behalf of our organization and other interaction methods that we will collect specific information. If you choose to provide personally identifiable data, you may receive future information from us — by mail, electronically or by telephone — advising you of PTF events, announcements or volunteer and support opportunities. If you do not wish to be contacted by one or more of these methods, please tell us which are not acceptable by writing to us at info@paulatakacsfoundation.org.

We may amend this policy from time to time; please review it periodically. We maintain the option to modify the privacy at any time by electronic notice posted on our website.

Website Privacy Policy

PTF provides this Website Privacy Policy to inform you of our policies and procedures regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information we receive from users of PaulaTakacsFoundation.org (“site”). This Website Privacy Policy applies only to information that you provide to us through this site. This Website Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time. We will notify you of any material changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on the site. You are advised to consult this policy regularly for any changes.

As used in this policy, the terms “using” and “processing” information include using cookies on a computer, subjecting the information to statistical or other analysis, and using or handling information in any way, including, but not limited to, collecting, storing, evaluating, modifying, deleting, using, combining, disclosing and transferring information within our company within the United States or internationally.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. Authorized employees within the company on a need-to- know basis only use any information collected from individuals and companies.

Information Collection And Use

Our primary goals in collecting information are to provide and improve our site, services, features and content, to administer your use of the site and to enable users to enjoy and easily navigate the site (collectively, the “Service”).

Personally Identifiable Information

When you register with us through the site, when you join our mailing list, or when you make a purchase via the site, we will ask you for personally identifiable information. This refers to information about you that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Information”). Personal Information includes, but is not limited to, your name, phone number, email address, and postal address. If you choose to make a purchase via the site, our third-party payment processor service providers may also collect billing information such as your credit card number or billing address. We use the Personal Information you provide mainly to provide the Service, process your transactions, and administer your inquiries.

To access additional functionality of the site, you may be required to create an account for your use of the Service (“Account”). You may create an Account directly via the site. When you create an Account, you will become a “Member” of the Service.

We also collect the other information that you provide as part of account registration and your use of the Service (e.g., without limitation, zip code (on its own) and individual preferences) (“Non-Identifying Information”).

We use your Personal Information (in some cases, in conjunction with your Non-Identifying Information) mainly to provide the Service, complete your transactions, and administer your inquiries.

Certain Non-Identifying Information would be considered a part of your Personal Information if it were combined with other identifiers (for example, combining your zip code with your street address) in a way that enables you to be identified. But the same pieces of information are considered Non-Identifying Information when they are taken alone or combined only with other non-identifying information. We may combine your Personal Information with Non-Identifying Information and aggregate it with information collected from other PaulaTakacsFoundation.org Users (defined below) to attempt to provide you with a better experience, to improve the quality and value of the Service and to analyze and understand how our site and Service are used. We may also use the combined information without aggregating it to serve you specifically, for instance, to deliver a product to you according to your preferences or restrictions.

We also use your Personal Information to contact you with marketing and promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive such communications from us, please follow the unsubscribe instructions provided in any of the communications or contact us. (See “Changing or Deleting Your Information,” below.)

Log Data

When you visit the site, whether as a PaulaTakacsFoundation.org user or a non-registered user just browsing (any of these, a “PaulaTakacsFoundation.org User”), our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website (“Log Data”). This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type or the webpage you were visiting before you came to our site, pages of our site that you visit, the time spent on those pages, information you search for on our site, access times and dates, and other statistics. We use this information to monitor and analyze use of the site and the Service and for the site’s technical administration, to increase our site’s functionality and user-friendliness, and to better tailor it to our visitors’ needs. We also use this information to verify that visitors to the site meet the criteria required to process their requests.

Security Policy

Your payment and personal information are always safe. Our Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions. It encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be read over the internet.

Cookies And Pixel Tags

Like many websites, we use “cookies” to collect information. A cookie is a small data file that we transfer to your computer’s hard disk for record-keeping purposes. We use cookies for two purposes. First, we use persistent cookies to save your login information for future logins to the site. Second, we use session ID cookies to enable certain features of the site, to better understand how you interact with the site and to monitor aggregate usage by PaulaTakacsFoundation.org Users and web traffic routing on the site. Unlike persistent cookies, session cookies are deleted from your computer when you log off from the site and Service and then close your browser. You can instruct your browser, by changing its options, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. If you do not accept cookies, however, you may not be able to use all portions of the site or all functionality of the Service.

We may also use “pixel tags,” “web beacons,” “clear GIFs” or similar means (individually or collectively “Pixel Tags”) in connection with our Service to collect usage, demographic and geographical location data. A Pixel Tag is an electronic image, often a single pixel that is ordinarily not visible to users and may be associated with cookies on a user’s hard drive. Pixel Tags allow us to count users who have visited certain pages of the site, to deliver branded services and to help determine the effectiveness of promotional or advertising campaigns.


Identity theft and the practice currently known as “phishing” are of great concern to the PTF. Safeguarding information to help protect you from identity theft is a top priority. We do not and will not, at any time, request your credit card information, your login information, or national identification numbers in a non-secure or unsolicited e-mail or telephone communication. For more information about phishing, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website.

Information Sharing And Disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or other’s rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. If you would like to opt out from information other than what is required by law, please contact us at the information listed on our Contact page.

Aggregated Information and Non-Identifying Information. We may share aggregated information that does not include Personal Information and we may otherwise disclose Non-Identifying Information and Log Data with third parties for industry analysis, demographic profiling, and to deliver targeted advertising about other products and services. Any aggregated information shared in these contexts will not contain your Personal Information.

Service Providers. We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service, to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Site-related services (e.g., without limitation, maintenance services, database management, payment processors, web analytics and improvement of the site’s features) or to assist us in analyzing how our Site and Service are used. These third parties have access to your Personal Information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.

Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement. The PTF cooperates with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (including but not limited to subpoenas), to protect the property and rights of the PTF or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop activity we may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, illegal, unethical or legally actionable activity.

Business Transfers. The PTF may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of its assets, including your Personal Information, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets or in the event of bankruptcy.

Changing Or Deleting Your Information

All Members may review, update, correct or delete the Personal Information in their registration profile by contacting us. If you completely delete all such information, then your account may become deactivated. If you would like us to delete your account in our system, please contact us privately with a request that we delete your Personal Information from our database. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to honor your request. We may retain an archived copy of your records as required by law or for legitimate business purposes.


The PTF is very concerned with safeguarding your information, but no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number) on our registration or donate pages, we offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems and are required to keep the information confidential.

After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) will not be stored on our servers.

We will make any legally required disclosures of any breach of the security, confidentiality, or integrity of your unencrypted electronically stored “personal data” (as defined in applicable state statutes on security breach notification) to you via email or conspicuous posting on this site in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, insofar as consistent with (i) the legitimate needs of law enforcement or (ii) any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable integrity of the data system.

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or enter, submit, or access your personal information.

Links To Other Sites

Our site contains links to other websites. If you choose to visit a sponsor or partner by “clicking on” a banner ad or other type of advertisement, or click on another third-party link, you will be directed to that third party’s website. The fact that we link to a website or present a banner ad or other type of advertisement is not an endorsement, authorization, or representation of our affiliation with that third party, nor is it an endorsement of their privacy or information security policies or practices. We do not exercise control over third party websites. These other websites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit personal information from you. Other websites may follow different rules regarding the use or disclosure of the personal information you submit to them. We encourage you to read the privacy policies or statements of the other websites you visit.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products, and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

State Privacy Rights

California Privacy Rights

Shine the Light- California Civil Code section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits California residents to ask for and receive from us once a year, without charge, information about their personally identifiable information, if any, that we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year, if at all. If applicable, this information would include a list of the categories of personal information that was shared and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared such information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and want to make such a request, please submit your request to info@paulatakacsfoundation.org. Please note that not all information sharing is covered by the “Shine the Light” requirements and only information on covered sharing will be included in our response. Please be informed that we are only required to respond to one consumer request in each calendar year. PTF does not sell any of your personal information to third parties for their use in direct marketing, advertising, or promotion of their products or services.

“Do Not Track” – This is a privacy setting that you may set in your web browsers. If turned on, this setting directs websites, analytics companies, ad networks, plug in providers, and other web services you encounter while browsing, to stop tracking your activity. Presently, we do not respond to “Do Not Track” browser settings or signals.

California Consumer Privacy Act – California Civil Code section 1798.100-1798.199 provides you with the following rights:

Right to know your collected personal information. You may request that we identify the (i) categories of personal information we collected about you in the past 12 months; (ii) the categories of sources from which the personal information is collected; (iii) the business or commercial purpose for collecting the information; (iv) the categories of third parties with whom the Company shares the personal information; and (v) the specific pieces of personal information that we have collected about you.

Right to know your collected personal information. You may request that we identify the (i) categories of personal information we collected about you in the past 12 months; (ii) the categories of sources from which the personal information is collected; (iii) the business or commercial purpose for collecting the information; (iv) the categories of third parties with whom the Company shares the personal information; and (v) the specific pieces of personal information that we have collected about you.

Right to know your disclosed personal information. You may request that we state (i) whether we have disclosed any of your personal information to third parties for a business or commercial purpose in the prior 12 months; (ii) list the categories of personal information that we have disclosed, if any, to third parties for a business or commercial purpose in the prior 12 months.

Right to request deletion of personal information. Subject to legal exceptions, you may request that we delete your personal information.

We will not discriminate against you for exercising any rights you have under the California Consumer Privacy Act.

If you are a California resident and want to exercise any right under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you may do so by contacting us at: (i) California Consumer Privacy Act Contact Form or (ii) 1-877-820-4048. Please be advised we will first need to verify your identity using the information you input into the web form before you can exercise any of your rights. This information may include name, contact information, and information related to your relationship with Amwins, but the specific information requested may differ depending on the nature of your request, in order to protect your privacy and for your security.

You may also exercise any right under the California Consumer Privacy Act through an authorized agent. We will need documentation verifying that your designated agent is authorized to act on your behalf. We may not be able to fulfill your request if we are unable to verify that the agent is, in fact, authorized to act on your behalf.

Under California law, we are only required to respond to such request from the same individual no more than twice in a 12-month period.

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our web site privacy policy.

Changes To Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our website privacy policy, we will post those changes on our website.

You May Contact Us At

The Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research
PO BOX 78416
Charlotte, NC 28271
(704) 516-5113