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Marriott Foundation Website Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

This website (marriottfoundation.org) (the “Site”) is owned and operated by The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation (the “Marriott Foundation” or “the Foundation”). The Marriott Foundation respects the privacy of visitors to its Site. This statement (the “Policy”) discloses the Foundation’s privacy practices regarding information that we collect from visitors to this Site, and explains how that information is used.  

This Policy also provides the other “terms of use” of this Site. Your use of this Site indicates to us that you have read and accept both our privacy practices and the terms of use. DO NOT USE THIS SITE OR PROVIDE INFORMATION TO THE FOUNDATION IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS PRIVACY POLICY AND THE TERMS OF USE.

Information We Collect:  We collect two types of information from visitors to this Site: Personally Identifiable Information and Non-personally Identifiable information. Personally Identifiable information is information that can identify you as an individual. Non-personally Identifiable information is information such as your computer’s IP address and information presented in summary or statistical form that does not readily reveal an individual's identity.

Personally Identifiable Information:  It is always your choice whether to provide personal information, and very few uses of this Site require that you provide this type of information. In the limited circumstances in which we do require personal information (e.g., you are a grantee of the Marriott Foundation), your decision not to provide it may limit the functionality of this Site.  

Personal information you provide will not be forwarded, traded, or sold to outside organizations. You acknowledge and agree, however, that, under the following circumstances, we may disclose personal information you have provided:  (i) if you consent to disclosure, (ii) if the law requires, (iii) if we believe that disclosure is necessary or reasonable to comply with court orders or subpoenas, investigations by law enforcement or regulatory authorities or other legal process, (iv) to enforce applicable terms and conditions of this website, or (v) in urgent circumstances, to protect the safety of persons or property, or (vi) in the event of a reorganization of the Foundation.

Cookies:  We collect some information automatically from visitors to the Site through tracking mechanisms such as “cookies,” “web beacons” and similar technology. We collect information such as your domain name and host for web access, the internet address of the site from which you came, your computer’s IP address and information about its operating system, date and time of your access, and the pages you visit. "Cookie" technology is used by the Marriott Foundation to improve the Site and to deliver a better and more personalized experience. Cookies are small files issued by the website and stored on your computer's hard drive to provide us with information about your general use of the Internet. Personal information (such as a user's identity) is not stored in cookie format and cannot be accessed by looking at a user's cookies. If you do not wish to receive cookies, you may activate the appropriate setting on your Web browser. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of this Site's services and features. We may also use web beacons from third parties to assist us in compiling aggregated statistics about the operation of our Site.

Data Security:  We take reasonable steps to protect the security of the personally identifiable information received from our users from unauthorized use or disclosure.

Protecting Children’s Privacy:  Protecting the privacy of children is important to us. For that reason we will not knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13. Do not provide personal information if you are under the age of 13, and please caution your children not to provide any. In compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, we will promptly remove any information in our database from users that we believe are under the age of 13.  

External Links:  This Site may contain links to third-party sites for educational purposes. A link should not be construed as our endorsement of that site. We are not responsible for the availability, content, or privacy practices of any third-party site. We encourage our users to read the privacy statement of every website that collects personally identifiable information. We have no control over information you provide to third parties.  

Copyrights and Trademarks; Use of Site Materials:  The materials on this Site are owned or licensed by the Marriott Foundation and all rights are reserved to the Marriott Foundation and/or the copyright owners. Prior permission to use, reproduce, or reprint any photograph, illustration, artwork, or other graphic material must be obtained from the copyright owner. Text materials contained on this Site may be used, downloaded, reproduced, or reprinted, provided that this copyright notice appears in the copies and provided that such use, download, reproduction, or reprint is for noncommercial or personal use only. Text materials contained on this Site may not be modified in any way. Any reference to the Marriott Foundation, or use of the text or graphic materials contained on this Site, in any manner to express or imply endorsement, sponsorship, affiliation, or association of the user with or by the Marriott Foundation is strictly prohibited. The Marriott Foundation is committed to full compliance with U.S. copyright law on this Site. If you are a copyright owner and believe that material on this Site infringes your rights, please provide an official notice pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to the following:  Anne Gunsteens, 10400 Fernwood Road, Bethesda, MD, 20817.  

No Warranties:  Information on this site is provided for informational purposes only. The Marriott Foundation does not make any warranties about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or currency of the material, services, software, text, graphics, or links contained within the Site. Nor does it warrant that the Site or its server are free of computer viruses or other harmful material. The Marriott Foundation expressly disclaims all warranties, including any warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or warranty of non-infringement. Your use of this Site and its material, or any material posted by another user, is at your own risk.

Disclaimer of Liability:  The Marriott Foundation shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages, lost profits, or damages resulting from lost data or business interruption) resulting or arising from a visitor's use of, or inability to use, this Site, or sites linked to this Site.

Governing Law; Use Outside the United States:   The terms and conditions and the resolution of any dispute related to the access and use of this Site shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. By using this Site, you agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts situated in the State of Maryland with respect to any dispute, disagreement, or cause of action related to or involving this site. If any provision in this Policy is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this Policy, which shall remain in full force and effect. This Site is operated in the United States. If you access this website from outside the United States, please be aware that any information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States, and that you access this Site at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction.  

Amendments:  The Marriott Foundation reserves the right to make changes to this Policy at its discretion. Because we may make revisions at any time, we urge you to visit this page each time you use this Site.

Effective Date of Privacy Policy:  August 17, 2015. 

Questions:  If you have questions about the Foundation’s privacy policy or use of information, please contact us by mail at Marriott Foundation, 10400 Fernwood Road, Bethesda, MD, 20817.