Privacy Policy

The Center for Surf Research values you and respects your privacy. We collect information to support our relationship with you, improve our services, and communicate about promotions or special services. The Center for Surf Research recognizes that we must maintain and use information responsibly.

The Center for Surf Research adheres to the US Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of Notice, Choice, Onward Transfer, Security, Data Integrity, and Access and Enforcement.

This policy describes what personal information we collect and how we use it. You can always find the most current version of our privacy policy here at


We collect information when you visit our website, create an account, edit your account information, donate to a project. Some of this information is technical information that is automatically logged by our servers.


Like most websites, our servers automatically collect certain technical information when you visit our site, including your Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your visit, the referring URL, and, if you have visited our Site before, one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. We also collect information about your activities on the site, such as the pages you access.

In order to collect this information, the site places a cookie on your hard drive. A “cookie” is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the website again, the cookie allows that site to recognize your browser. Cookies may store user preferences and other information. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some website features or services may not function properly without cookies.


The Center for Surf Research uses the personal information that you provide, and the technical information logged by our servers to process your donations, to:

• deliver the notifications described above;
• contact you regarding your inquiry(ies);
• operate the site and our business; and
• compile aggregate statistics that allow us to understand how visitors use our site, and to make improvements in design and content to better serve you.


We will share your personal information with our agents, representatives, service providers and contractors in order to process your inquiries, offer you services in connection with our website, communicate news and information about the Center for Surf Research, provide customer service, enhance and improve customers’ donor experiences, and complete financial transactions. These service providers are authorized to use your information only to the extent necessary to serve these purposes, or as otherwise authorized by this policy.

Unless you ask us not to, we also share your personal information when you make an inquiry:

• When you inquire about an opportunity or for more information about one of our programs, we share your name and contact information with the project leader.
• Each time you make an inquiry, however, we will give you the opportunity to tell us not to share your personal information in the ways described above.

If the Center for Surf Research merges with, or becomes an affiliate of another organization, we will ensure the confidentiality of any personal information involved in such transactions and provide notice before personal information is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Aside from the purposes described above, we will not disclose your personal information without your consent, unless: (1) we need to respond to a subpoena, court order or legal process; (2) an emergency situation requires disclosure before your permission can be obtained (e.g., situations involving potential threats to personal safety), or; (3) we determine that disclosure is needed to protect our rights or property, or the rights or property of another person.

We may share aggregated demographic and statistical information with our other partners. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

INFORMATION ABOUT CHILDREN UNDER 13 is a general audience website, and does not collect information about a visitor’s age. We do, from time to time, partner with other organizations to educate children about philanthropy in general and our work in particular. In those cases, we do not collect personal information from a visitor on pages specifically designed for children.


You can also unsubscribe from Center for Surf Research communications at any time by sending an unsubscribe email as described at the bottom of every Center for Surf Research communications.


Other websites, including those of our partners (links to which appear on, have their own privacy policies. When you provide personal information at one of those sites, you are subject to the privacy policy of the operator of that site, not the Center for Surf Research privacy policy. We encourage you to read that policy before submitting any personal information.

You should take additional steps to safeguard your personal information online. To learn more about how to protect yourself, visit the Federal Trade Commission website.


Center for Surf Research understands the importance of keeping your information secure and confidential. We have implemented policies and procedures designed to help safeguard your information.


Our privacy policy is regularly reviewed to make sure we continue to serve the privacy interests of our customers. If our information practices change materially, we will post the policy changes on the privacy page of this website to notify you of these changes. Please check our website periodically for more information on how we use the data we collect.