Privacy Policy

Welcome to the Chicago Community Ventures (“CCV”) web site, located at CCV respects your personal privacy and is committed to adhering to federal and state privacy laws and industry guidelines in order to protect you and your identity.This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) describes how CCV handles the personal information that you provide to us on this web site (“Site”). This Privacy Policy applies only to the Site, not to any other third party sites from which you have accessed this Site or sites that may be accessible from this Site.

You should review this Privacy Policy carefully, because if you do not agree with our practices, your ultimate choice is not to use this Site. If we update this Privacy Policy, your continued use of this Site (following the posting of the revised Privacy Policy) means that you accept and agree to the terms of the revised Privacy Policy.

After reading this Privacy Policy, which is incorporated into and is a part of the Site’s terms and conditions, you will know:

Please be sure to read this Privacy Policy before using this Site or submitting information to us.  Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time and your continued use of this Site is acceptance of such changes, so please check this area periodically for updates to this Privacy Policy.

1. Information CCV Collects From You

Active Information Collection
Like many other web sites, we actively collect information from our visitors both by asking specific questions on this Site and by permitting you to communicate directly with CCV via e-mail. Some of the information that you submit may be personally identifiable (that is, information that can be uniquely identified with you, such as your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, etc.). If you make a donation from this Site, payment is collected through Gift Tool, which is a separate entity from CCV. Thus, the information collected by Gift Tool is subject to Gift Tool’s privacy policy, which can be found at CCV is not responsible for data collected by the Gift Tool web site.

Passive Information Collection
As you navigate through this Site, certain information can be passively collected (that is, gathered without you actively providing the information) using various technologies and means, such as navigational data collection. Like most web site operators, we track IP addresses, use both session and persistent cookies, and assign Internet tags. Our system also automatically gathers information about the areas you visit on this Site and collects operational information about the technology you use, such as your browser, type of computer, operating system, and Internet service provider.

We passively collect information to understand what areas of this Site are most popular, which areas may require improvement, and what technologies are being used by our visitors. This information helps us to update and improve this Site and its design. We also use this information for security purposes, to detect and to block security breaches and to provide you with a safe online environment.

2. How CCV Uses Your Information

CCV uses your personal information to enhance the operation of this Site and allow you to use all of its features. CCV may disclose your personal information to service providers that assist us in processing information.

CCV also will disclose any information when required by any local, state, or federal legal authority; when required to legally protect and defend the rights or property of CCV; when CCV believes it appropriate to protect its members, users, employees or the public; and when required to enforce or defend the conditions of CCV’s Terms of Use.

3. Choices You Have About How CCV Uses Your Information

We strive to provide you with appropriate choices and control regarding the personal information you provide to us. If you would like to be removed from our mailing list or have your personal information deleted from our servers, please send us an email at If you do not wish us to collect cookies, you may set your browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If you do so, please note that some parts of this Site may then be inaccessible or not function properly.

4. How CCV Protects Your Information

We work hard to protect your personal information. We use both technical and procedural methods to maintain the integrity and security of our databases, including online encryption (SSL), locating all servers, including the web servers, behind firewalls, and not storing customer data on any server with direct access to the internet. Except as otherwise set forth in this Privacy Policy, access to customers’ data is restricted to employees of CCV who have a specific need to access information.

This Site may contain links to other web sites operated by third parties that may be of interest to you. We cannot control these third party sites, which may collect personal information from you. When you follow a link and leave this Site, you do so at your own risk.

5. What CCV Does About Children Visiting This Site

CCV does not sell products for purchase by children. This Site is not intended for children under the age of 13.

6. How You Can Contact CCV

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this Privacy Policy or the information practices of this Site, please contact us at:

Chicago Community Ventures
105 W. Adams Street, Suite 2300
Chicago, IL 60603
phone 312.960.0320
fax 312.860.0310

7. Effective Date

This Privacy Policy is effective as of April 24, 2007.

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