American Printing House for the Blind Privacy Policy

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH) is a nonprofit organization located in Louisville, Kentucky. Founded in 1858, APH is a 501(c)(3) charity. We are committed to respecting and protecting the privacy of our donors, customers, and visitors to the APH website.

Email Address Privacy

APH will not share your email address with other organizations.

Catalog Mailing List Privacy

If you request that we mail you a catalog or other promotional materials, APH will store your mailing address for catalog future mailings. At your request, we will remove your name from our catalog mailing list immediately. Email catalogs@aph.org or call 1-800-223-1839 to have your address removed. We will not lend or sell your catalog mailing address to other organizations.

Donor Mailing List Privacy

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is an independent, nonprofit organization. APH respects the privacy of its donors and has put in place a Donor Privacy Policy to honor these rights.

Donor information

APH collects and maintains the following types of donor information when it is voluntarily provided to us:

This confidential information is kept on file for IRS purposes. It is also used to analyze overall giving patterns in order to make more accurate budget projections, as well as to understand donors’ interests in our mission and to update them on the organization’s plans and activities. This information is shared with staff, board members, volunteers and consultants only on a confidential and need-to-know basis.

APH sends annual mail appeals to existing and potential donors. All correspondence has check boxes to inform APH of: a donor's wish to opt out of further mailings, how often a donor wishes to receive correspondence and if a donor wishes APH to share their information outside of the organization.

List sharing

APH has recently changed our policy and does not sell, rent, trade or share its donor list with any other organization. APH never sends out mailings on behalf of other organizations.

If you would like more information about APH's donor policy, or to review personal information collected, please contact Bob Belknap at (502) 899-2362 or bbelknap@aph.org.

Discontinuing contact upon request

It is the policy of APH to communicate with donors according to their expressed preferences whenever possible. APH will discontinue or change the method used to contact any person upon that person’s oral or written request directed to the organization, its professional fundraiser, or other agent.

Upon a person’s (or a person’s authorized representative’s) request that APH discontinue further contacts, the person’s name and address will be promptly modified in APH's donor database to ensure that no further contact is made with the person.

Permanent Record: APH will maintain an electronic record of all requests for discontinuance of contacts, effective with the adoption of this policy by APH's board of directors. Oral requests will be permanently recorded in the electronic donor database. The records of persons who have made such a request will be maintained by APH to the extent necessary for legal or liability purposes.

Security Measures: APH uses Raiser's Edge as our database for donor information. Raiser's Edge and all electronic devises are password protected. Hard copy donor records are stored in a locked room with key controls and limited Staff access. APH does not maintain the donor's credit card information on file. All credit card information received, is destroyed after the donation is recorded in the donor's file.

Donor Bill of Rights

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights, which was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

What Are Cookies and How Does APH Use Them?

"Cookies" are small files used by many websites, including APH's shopping site, shop.aph.org. Cookies are placed by APH's shopping site on your computer's hard drive. Cookies cannot damage your files. Cookies are necessary for the APH shopping site to work properly.

You can control whether or how cookies are placed on your hard drive by changing your preferences in your web browsing software. Typically, you can set your browser to accept all cookies, to ask you whether you want to accept each cookie, or to not accept cookies at all. Note that if you set your browser to not accept cookies, you will only be able to browse products on the APH shopping site, not purchase them. Check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.

The APH informational website, www.aph.org, does not use cookies. Other websites you navigate to from APH websites may use cookies. Please check the privacy policy of those websites. APH is not responsible for the content of non-APH websites linked from our site.

Questions About the APH Privacy Policy

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, please contact us at sblome@aph.org.

If you have questions or suggestions about our website, please contact our webmaster, mturner@aph.org. Thank you for visiting the American Printing House for the Blind website.

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