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Privacy Policy

Minnesota Good Works (“MGW,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) is committed to privacy and data protection. This Privacy Policy applies to personal data MGW collects from you, through our interactions with you, through and other websites under the control of MGW that link to this Privacy Policy, and our services, including any personal information collected from our donors (collectively “Services”), as well as how we use and protect your personal data.

We don’t rent or sell your personal information with any person, business or organization, ever. We commit to uphold transparency, accountability, and choice regarding the collection of your personal data. We are committed to using the personal data you provide to only support your relationship with MGW. MGW is also committed to ensuring that your personal data is accurate and complete.

Visitors to can browse our website without providing any personal data.


This Privacy Policy describes the information that we collect (directly or indirectly) and why we collect it, what we do with the information we collect and how you can manage your Personal Data (defined below).

This Privacy Policy does not apply to any website or service that does not display, incorporate by reference, or link to this Privacy Policy. Our Site includes links to other websites whose privacy practices may differ from those of MGW. If you submit personal data to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy policies. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any website you visit.

This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and made a part of MGW’s Terms of Service. If you have not done so already, please also review the Terms of Service.

Personal Data We Collect

“Personal Data” is any information that would reveal specific information about you as an individual. We collect and use Personal Data in connection with your donations and any Services provided to you by MGW, including easing your navigation on our websites, communicating with you, and improving your experience using our Services, processing your donation, issuing receipts, and otherwise supporting your relationship with MGW.

We may collect the following Personal Data from you:

  • Contact information such as name, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number;
  • Billing Information such as credit card number and billing address;
  • Unique identifiers such as user name, account number, password;
  • Additional information as needed to support your relationship with MGW, such as minimum age or DOB (to ensure age appropriate content) and tax-payer information (to support tax recovery).

If you do not register with us or otherwise provide us with Personal Data, we only process the information that your browser transmits to our server. This includes:

  • Your IP address;
  • Date and time of the request;
  • Time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT);
  • Content of the request (specific page);
  • The access status/HTTP status code;
  • The amount of data transferred in each case;
  • Website from which the request comes, browser;
  • Operating system and its surface;
  • Language and version of the browser software.

This processing is technically necessary for us to display our website to you and to ensure the stability and security of the website.

Surveys or Contests

From time-to-time we may provide you the opportunity to participate in contests or surveys on our website or elsewhere. If you participate, we will request certain Personal Data from you. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information.

The requested information typically includes:

  • Contact information (such as name and shipping address);
  • Demographic information (such as zip code).

Information from Third Parties

Additionally, we may collect the following information from third party sources, including from public sources:

  • Marketing information such as additional forms of contact, indicators, or flags used for segmentation purposes;
  • Demographic information, including census data or third party research for segmentation purposes.

How We Use Personal Data

We will only use your Personal Data when the law allows us to. We will only use your Personal Data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose.

Please note that in certain circumstances we are obliged to process Personal Data from you due to a legal obligation, such as anti-corruption stipulations or statutory retention periods.

MGW uses information that we collect from you for the purposes of:

  • Processing donations;
  • Providing constituents with desired information about MGW and its work worldwide;
  • Sharing Personal Data within MGW or with third parties to provide and improve constituent services and provide constituents a service which is suitable to their requirements;
  • Improving and customizing our constituent services and experience;
  • Understanding how constituents engage with MGW;
  • Communicating with constituents in appropriately customized ways;
  • Exploring ways to better engage current and future constituents in the mission of MGW;
  • Providing age appropriate content for children;
  • Supporting tax recovery;
  • Maintaining the safety and security of our constituent services, including enhancing protection against spam, harassment, intellectual property infringement, crime, and security risks of all kind;
  • Exchanging Personal Data within MGW’s international affiliate offices for the legitimate interests described above, as well as for administrative purposes;
  • Defending legal claims.

We may further use information of constituents who attend in person events or trips for our legitimate interest in providing for the safety and security of all event attendees.

Customer Testimonials/Comments/Reviews

We may post customer testimonials/comments/reviews on our website which may contain personal information. We do obtain the customer’s consent via email prior to posting the testimonial to post their name along with their testimonial. If you wish to update or delete your testimonial, you can contact us at

How We Use Cookies

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes. We use cookies on this site, for example, to keep track of your preferences and profile information. Cookies are also used to collect general usage and volume statistical information that does not include Personal Data.

Types of Cookies

We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. A session ID cookie is deleted when you close your browser. Although session cookies are established, they are not capturing any behavioral or Personal Data, only information that is helpful to the user experience, such as whether the user’s browser has JavaScript capability. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. Persistent cookies are being used to switch one time messages on and off and to record form completion. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file.

If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some areas of our site, such as contests or surveys, will be limited.

We use cookies for communications purposes and to identify you for subsequent visits if you have an account with us. This way we can improve the use of our website for you. Otherwise, you will have to log-in again for each visit. Our legitimate interest results from the storage of cookies for the technically error-free and optimized provision of our services.

Technologies such as: cookies, beacons, tags and scripts are used by Minnesota Good Works and our partners [e.g. marketing partners], affiliates, or analytics or service providers [e.g. online customer support provider]. These technologies are used in analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis.

Third parties with whom we partner to provide certain features on our site or to display advertising based upon your Web browsing activity use LSOs such as HTML 5 to collect and store information. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5 LSOs.

To make it easier for you to understand why we need them, the Cookies we use on our website can be grouped into the following categories:Strictly Necessary: These Cookies are necessary for the websites to work properly. They include any essential authentication and authorization cookies for our websites.

  • Functionality: These Cookies enable technical performance and allow us to “remember” the choices you make while browsing our websites, including any preferences you set. They also include sign-in and authentication cookies and IDs that enable you to return without additional sign-in.
  • Performance/Analytical: These Cookies allow us to collect certain information about how you navigate the websites running on your device. They help us understand which areas you use and what we can do to improve them.
  • Targeting: These Cookies are used to deliver relevant information related to our websites to an identified machine or other device (not a named or otherwise identifiable person) which has previously been used to visit our websites. Some of these types of Cookies on our websites are operated by third parties with our permission and are used to identify advertising sources that are effectively driving customers to our websites.

How to Control and Delete Cookies

Cookies can be controlled, blocked or restricted through your web browser settings. Information on how to do this can be found within the “Help” section of your browser. All Cookies are browser specific. Therefore, if you use multiple browsers or devices to access websites, you will need to manage your Cookie preferences across these environments.

If you are using a mobile device to access our websites, you will need to refer to your instruction manual or other help/settings resource to find out how you can control Cookies on your device.

Please note: If you restrict, disable or block any or all Cookies from your web browser or mobile or other device, the websites may not operate properly, and you may not have access to our webpages available through the websites. Except as required by applicable law or this Privacy Policy, MGW shall not be liable for any impossibility to use the websites or degraded functioning thereof, including where such are caused by your settings and choices regarding Cookies.

Social Media Widgets

Facebook Like Button

We use the so-called “two-click solution.” This means that when you visit our site, no Personal Data is initially passed on to the providers of the plug-ins. You can recognize the provider of the plug-in by the marking on the box above its initial letter or the logo. We offer you the possibility to communicate directly with the provider of the plug-in via the button. The plug-in provider receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding website of our online offer only if you click on the marked field and thereby activate it.

Personal information that your browser transmits to our server will also be transmitted. For example, by using the “Facebook Like Button,” the IP address is anonymized immediately after collection, according to the respective website provider. By activating the plug-in, Personal Data is transferred from you to the respective plug-in provider and stored there. Since the plug-in provider collects data mainly via cookies, we recommend that you delete all cookies before clicking on the grayed-out box using your browser’s security settings.

We have no influence on the data collected and data processing processes, nor are we aware of the full extent of data collection, the purposes of processing, the storage periods. We also have no information on the deletion of the data collected by the plug-in provider.

The plug-in provider stores the data collected about you as user profiles and uses these for the purposes of advertising, market research and/or demand-oriented design of its website. Such an evaluation takes place in particular (also for not logged in users) for the representation of demand-fair advertisement and in order to inform other users of the social network about your activities on our website. You have a right of objection to the creation of these user profiles, whereby you must contact the respective plug-in provider to exercise this right. Through the plug-ins we offer you the possibility to interact with social networks and other users, so that we can improve our offer and make it more interesting for you as a user.

The data is passed on regardless of whether you have an account with the plug-in provider and are logged in there. If you are logged in with the plug-in provider, your data collected with us will be directly assigned to your existing account with the plug-in provider. If you click the activated button and, for example, link the page, the plug-in provider also stores this information in your user account and shares it publicly with your contacts. We recommend that you log out regularly after using a social network, especially before activating the button, so you can avoid being assigned to your profile with the plug-in provider.

Further information on the purpose and scope of data collection and its processing by the plug-in provider can be found in the data protection declarations of these providers notified below. They will also provide you with further information about your rights in this regard and setting options to protect your privacy.

Addresses of the respective plug-in providers and URL with their data protection information:

Facebook Inc., 1601 S California Ave, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA;…;

weitere Informationen zur Datenerhebung:,


Facebook hat sich dem EU-US-Privacy-Shield unterworfen,

How We Share Personal Data

We will share your Personal Data with third parties only in the ways that are described in this Privacy Policy. We do not sell your Personal Data to third parties. In those situations where we use a third party to process your data, we require that these third parties agree to provide the equivalent level of protection as provided under the applicable data privacy law and this Privacy Policy.

Third parties may be suppliers that process Personal Data on our behalf, such as:

  • IT service providers;
  • Companies that assist with customer service, shipping, or event registration;
  • Companies that provide other services to support our relationship with you;
  • Companies that provide demographic and market research assistance.

We may disclose your Personal Data to third parties:

  • As required by law such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process;
  • When we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request; or
  • With your prior consent to do so.


Specific to donations, MGW uses Blackbaud Inc. (“Blackbaud”) to gather End User’s data from financial institutions. By using our service, you grant MGW and Blackbaud the right, power, and authority to act on your behalf to access and transmit your personal and financial information from the relevant financial institution. You agree to your personal and financial information being transferred, stored, and processed by Blackbaud in accordance with the Blackbaud Privacy Policy.

In addition, any office within the MGW team may share Personal Data you provide it to the MGW office in the United States, or another member of the MGW team, so that the receiving MGW office may engage with users located in their country and as otherwise necessary to manage the provision of suitable services to constituents as appropriate for their needs.

Handling of Personal Data

Retention of Personal Data

We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you Services. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your Personal Data to provide you Services, contact us as described in this Policy. We will retain and use your Personal Data as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

Security of Personal Data

The security of your Personal Data is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the Personal Data submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

If you have any questions about security on our website, you can contact us at When you enter sensitive information (such as a credit card number) on our order forms, we encrypt the transmission of that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). The Personal Data collected when you make a contribution or purchase items by credit card is kept for the purposes of tracking your order and to provide a receipt of the transaction. This information is stored on an encrypted, secure server managed by a third-party commercial credit card processing institution.

Transfers of Personal Data

When we use external service providers based outside the European Economic Area to process your personal information, we do so pursuant to the standard contractual clauses for data processors approved by the European Commission to ensure an appropriate level of data protection. These service providers have been carefully selected by us, commissioned in writing and are bound by our instructions. They are regularly checked by us. The service providers will not pass this data on to third parties, but will delete it after fulfillment of the contract and the conclusion of legal storage periods, unless you have consented to further storage.

When a member of the MGW team located within the EU, or otherwise serving as a controller for data subject, transfers personal information to the MGW office or any other office within the MGW Team located outside of the EU, we rely on the standard contractual clauses for data controllers approved by the European Commission to ensure an appropriate level of data protection.

Your Rights Regarding Your Personal Data

MGW respects your right to access and control your Personal Data. You have choices about the data we collect. When you are asked to provide Personal Data that is not necessary for the purposes of providing you with our Services, you may decline.

We aim to keep all personal data that we hold accurate, complete and up-to-date. While we will use our best efforts to do so, we encourage you to tell us if you change your contact details. If you believe that the information we hold about you is incorrect, incomplete or out-of-date, please contact us at We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your rights to access and control your Personal Data.

Access to personal data: You have the right to request access to your Personal Data. Subject to any relevant legal requirements and exemptions, including identity verification procedures, we will provide you copies of your Personal Data. Before providing data to you, we will ask for proof of identity and sufficient information about your interaction with us so that we can locate any relevant data.

Correction and deletion: You have the right to correct or amend your Personal Data if it is inaccurate or requires updating. You may also have the right to request deletion of your Personal Data. Please note that such a request could be refused because your Personal Data is required to provide you with the products or services you requested, e.g. to deliver a product or send an invoice to your email address, or that it is required by the applicable law.

To review and update or delete your Personal Data, contact us at  We will respond to your request to access within 10 days.

If you are a donor, you may email us at  to update your Personal Data.

Marketing preferences: If you have provided us with your contact information, we may, subject to any applicable Spam Act or similar regulation, contact you via e-mail, postal mail, or telephone about MGW products, services and events that may be of interest to you, including our newsletter.

E-mail communications you receive from MGW will generally provide an unsubscribe link allowing you to opt-out of receiving future e-mail or to change your contact preferences. Please remember that even if you opt-out of receiving marketing emails, we may still send you important Service information related to your accounts and subscriptions.

The right to object to processing: You have the right to object to MGW’s processing of your Personal Data, under certain conditions.

The right to data portability – You have the right to request that MGW transfer the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.

California Shine the Light Law: California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits users who are California residents to obtain from us once a year, free of charge, a list of third parties to whom we have disclosed personal information (if any) for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and you wish to make such a request, please send an e-mail with “California Privacy Rights” in the subject line to or write us at: Minnesota Good Works, PO Box 171, Andover, MN 55304.

Children’s Privacy

Services are not intended for Children.

You must be at least the age of majority in your place of residence to use the Services. The Services are not directed to or intended for use by minors. Consistent with the requirements of the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, if we learn that we received any information directly from a child under age 13 without his or her parent’s verified consent, we will use that information only to inform the child (or his or her parent or legal guardian) that he or she cannot use the Services.

California Minors

While the Services are not intended for anyone under the age of 18, if you are a California resident who is under age 18 and you are unable to remove publicly-available content that you have submitted to us, you may request removal by contacting us at: When requesting removal, you must be specific about the information you want removed and provide us with specific information, such as the URL for each page where the information was entered, so that we can find it. We are not required to remove any content or information that: (1) federal or state law requires us or a third party to maintain; (2) was not posted by you; (3) is anonymized so that you cannot be identified; (4) you don’t follow our instructions for removing or requesting removal; or (5) you received compensation or other consideration for providing the Content or information. Removal of your content or information from the Services does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of that content or information from our systems or the systems of our service providers. We are not required to delete the content or information posted by you; our obligations under California law are satisfied so long as we anonymize the content or information or render it invisible to other users and the public.]


Where you have provided your consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent to our processing of your personal information. For example, you may choose to stop receiving all or certain types of communication by following the unsubscribe instructions included in these emails or you can contact us at You can further choose to withdraw your consent to our processing of your personal information related to an online account (e.g., donor portal) by closing your account through your account settings and then emailing to request that your personal information be deleted, except for information that we are required to retain. This deletion is permanent and your account cannot be reinstated.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

We may update this Privacy Policy to reflect changes to our information practices. If we make any material changes we will notify you by e-mail (sent to the e-mail address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on this site prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or would like to access, update, or delete your Personal Data, contact us at:

Minnesota Good Works
PO Box 171
Andover, MN 55304

T: 763.400.4410


We will respond to your request to access it within 10 days. If you are a donor, you may email us at to update your personal information.