Terms & Privacy Policy

Endometriosis Foundation of Houston (“EFHou”, “we”, “us”) wants you to know that we are committed to the responsible management and protection of your privacy. The following is intended to inform you how we use and protect the important information you provide to us. This information summarizes our policy, procedures, and practices.

  • We collect information to further our mission to raise awareness about endometriosis and related conditions, and to improve the quality of life of individuals affected by this disease in the greater Houston area. We strive to be Houston’s trusted partners in endometriosis awareness, advocacy, education, support, fundraising, and research. We use your information to help us provide you with high quality service, carry out our mission effectively, and keep you updated on the latest news, opportunities, and achievements.

  • Unless you tell us otherwise, when you provide your information, we assume you are agreeing to allow us to use and disclose it as allowed by law and EFHou’s policies, in furtherance of our mission. We comply with all U.S. laws.

  • We use—and require our data management vendors to use—reasonable and appropriate security practices to safeguard your information.

  • If you have questions about our privacy practices, please use our ‘Contact Us’ page to let us know.

 
Information We Collect

 

“Personal Information” means information that we can use to identify or contact you. We collect personal information when you:

  • register on our site to receive newsletters, alerts, events, and updates

  • respond personally to our mailings and phone calls

  • donate

  • opt-in to receive communications when purchasing items from our online store

 

Our registration forms require users to provide contact information that may include name, e-mail address, mailing address and telephone number. Our staff may ask for similar information in a mailing or phone call. If you are donating, or placing an online order, we additionally request your credit card number to process your order.

We may also collect information about you from additional online and offline sources. These include social media activities, other nonprofits, and commercially available third-party sources. We may combine this information with the personal and other information we already know about you.

How We Use Information We Collect

 

When you donate, register for an event, and/or but not limited to, sign up to receive our newsletter, we keep your information private and secure. EFHou does not distribute, sell, rent, or share your personal information collected online or offline to anyone, including third party vendors or businesses.

 

We use this information to process your payment and to ensure your gift is correctly credited to your account.

  • Processing donations and purchase transactions

  • Verifying your identity

  • Responding to your requests and communicating with you

  • Managing your preferences

  • Performing analytics concerning your use of our online services, including your responses to our emails and the pages and advertisements you view

  • Providing you tailored content and messages

  • Complying with and enforcing applicable legal requirements, relevant industry standards, contractual obligations, and our policies

 

We may also use data that we collect on an aggregate or anonymous basis (meaning it does not identify any individuals) for various purposes where permissible under applicable laws and regulations to help deliver products, services and content that are better tailored to the users of our services and for other purposes.

 

You may request that we do not use your personal information at any time through our ‘Contact Us’ page.

 
What We Disclose to Others

 

We may share the information we collect from and about you within our organization and with certain third parties. For example, we may share your information with:

  • Credit card processing companies, to process your donation

  • Other organizations we work with to provide services, research, products, or programs

  • Other similar charities

  • Other third parties to comply with legal requirements such as the demands of applicable subpoenas and court orders; to verify or enforce our terms of use, our other rights, or other applicable policies; to address fraud, security, or technical issues; to respond to an emergency; or otherwise, to protect the rights, property, or security of our customers or third parties.

 
Links to Third-Party Websites

 

EFHou may provide links to websites that are owned or operated by others (“third-party websites”). When you use a link online to visit a third-party website, you will be subject to that website’s privacy and security practices, which may differ from ours. You should familiarize yourself with the privacy policy, terms of use and security practices of the linked third-party website before providing any information on that website.

Information Security

Our company’s website is hosted on the Wix.com platform. Wix.com provides us with the online platform that allows us to provide our products and services to you. Your data may be stored through Wix.com’s data storage, databases and the general Wix.com applications. They store your data on secure servers behind a firewall. 

 

All direct payment gateways offered by Wix.com and used by our company (such as Donorbox) adhere to the standards set by Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (“PCI DSS”) as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of credit card information by our store and its service providers.

 

Our network is composed of access-controlled measures, security monitoring tools, vulnerability management program, SSL encryption, scheduled network scans, as well as internal and external penetration tests. When it is necessary for our service providers to have access to your information, we expect the same level of data security, integrity, and confidentiality standards as EFHou itself provides. Additionally, we conduct security awareness training for our staff and volunteers.

 

While EFHou uses its best efforts to maintain this level of security across all our systems, we cannot guarantee or warrant that our systems or our service providers are not vulnerable to viruses, hacking or other security threats.

 

Children's Privacy

Our website is not intended for children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you are under 13, please do not provide any information on the website.

 

Surveys & Contests

From time-to-time our site requests information via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you may choose whether to participate and therefore disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

Cookies

 

Our website may use cookies to enhance your experience while using our website. Cookies are pieces of information that some websites transfer to the browsing computer and are used for record-keeping purposes at many websites. Use of cookies makes Web-surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords, your personal preferences regarding your use of the website and to make sure you do not see the same ad repeatedly. Many consider the use of cookies to be an industry standard.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our website will not function properly when you view them.

Changes to This Privacy Policy
 
We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it.
 
Questions and Suggestions

 

If you have any questions or suggestions about EFHou’s Privacy Policy, or to review, update or correct your personal information, please email us at info@efhou.org referencing Privacy Policy in the subject line, or write to:

Endometriosis Foundation of Houston
Attn: Privacy Policy
12645 Memorial Dr #F-1

Houston, Texas 77024

 
Disclaimer
 
The materials on the website are provided “as is’’ for general information only and without warranties of any kind. These materials are not meant to be used for self-diagnosis or to replace the services of a medical professional. The Website do not offer medical advice or recommendations to individuals, and you should not rely on the information posted on the Website as a substitute for consultations with qualified health care professionals who are familiar with individual medical conditions and needs. EFHou encourages you to seek the guidance of a healthcare provider if you feel that you, a family member, or someone you know suffers from the conditions described on the Website.
 
EFHou provides testimonials and information, and in certain situations, create community event pages for fundraising in purposes to further our mission. EFHou may post articles and other information provided by third parties that might be of interest of benefit to the public. You acknowledge that the opinions and recommendations of third parties contained on the Website are not necessarily those of EFHou or endorsed by us.
 
Restrictions on Use

 

Materials from www.efhou.org and any of the Website operated, licensed, or controlled by EFHou may not be copied or distributed, or republished, uploaded, posted, or transmitted in any way, without the prior written consent of EFHou, EXCEPT: you may download copies of the materials for your personal, non-commercial use only, provided you do not delete or change any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices. Modification or use of the materials for any other purpose violates the intellectual property rights of EFHou. The material on the Website is provided for lawful purposes only. If you download files, including, but not limited to images, printed materials, logos, icons, content, text, graphics, audio/visual clips and/or design neither title nor intellectual property rights are transferred to you, but remain with EFHou, who owns full and complete title. You may not resell, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or otherwise convert content from the Website. Any unauthorized use of the materials contained on the Website may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws.

 
Sponsors

 

EFHou may choose to acknowledge certain persons, organizations or companies who have provided donations or sponsorships to further our mission. This acknowledgement may be in the form of recognition of the Website by use of names or marks and/or links to their website(s). EFHou does not solicit or permit the purchase or use of advertisements or commercial endorsements on the Website by any person or company (including, without limitation, its sponsors, and donors). If you choose to click on the links to any of our sponsors’ website or otherwise engage in any correspondence or business dealings with or other purchase of products or services from any of our sponsors, you do so on your own initiative and you agree that EFHou is not responsible or liable for any loss or damages of any sort incurred as a result of any such dealings or as a result of the acknowledgement of or links to such sponsors in conjunction with the Website.

 
Links to Other Sites

 

EFHou may provide links to other websites or resources. The information provided to you in these links are provided solely for your independent enjoyment. The results are not guaranteed to be accurate and are in no way endorsed, offered, or guaranteed by EFHou. You should be aware that links to the Website may be provided from other sites, either known or unknown to EFHou, and some links to the Website may be unauthorized, and accessing any other site linked to or from the Website is done at your own risk. EFHou has not reviewed and is not responsible for the content of any third-party sites linked to or from the Website.

Updated November 17, 2021