Privacy Policy

Last revised: October 26, 2018

1. Who We Are and the Purpose of This Privacy & DMCA Policy

Stolte Family Foundation (“SFF”) is a non-profit that invests in organizations, rather than individual grantees, that champions system changes in education and environmental policy and practice. SFF respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it through compliance with this Privacy Policy (“Policy”). “You” and “your” refers to the organization that submits data to SFF related to funding requests. The Policy applies only to the website maintained by SFF, identified by the following domain: http://www.stoltefamilyfoundat... (“Website”).

This Policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit the Website and provides notice of SFF’s enforcement of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). You should review this Policy and SFF’s Terms of Use before you consent to the collection and use of your personal data gathered through the Website in accordance with this Policy. Other practices may be used with respect to information we gather through other means of communication as we consider your organization as a grant recipient. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, you have the choice of not using our Website.
IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 13, STOP NOW. READ PARAGRAPH 7, ENTITLED, “Children Under the Age of 13” IMMEDIATELY. Do not provide any information about yourself to us, such as your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address or any avatar, screen name or user name you may use.

All users over the age of 13 should review the entirety of SFF’s Policy and the Terms of Use before you consent to the collection and use of your personal data; or post content that may infringe on a work protected by copyright. By using the Website, you are accepting and consenting to SFF’s policies and practices as explained in the Policy. SFF may change the Policy from time to time. You should check the Policy periodically for updates. If we make material changes to the Policy, we will notify you by e-mail or by posting a conspicuous notice on the Website. Your continued use of this Website after we make changes will indicate your acceptance of those changes. 
You may ask questions about our Policy or proactively withdraw your consent for us to collect, use, share or maintain your information at any time by contacting us at: [email protected] or at 4616 25th Ave NE #193, Seattle, WA 98105. Restricting the use of your personal information before SFF uses it in the manner described in the Policy is a better practice than attempting to “delete” or “recover” information that has already been shared. 

2. Information We Collect About You and How We Collect It

Personal information. We collect several types of data from and about users of our Website, including their names, physical and email addresses and other information that you provide when requesting information about SFF’s funding priorities, grantees, or grant opportunities, for example. We limit the types of data we collect to that which anyone can acquire through a search of public records or an internet search (“Personal Data”). We do not collect Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”), which can be used to uniquely identify a natural person, such as financial records, driver’s license number, credit card numbers or the combination of a name, address and social security number, for example. We do not collect Personal Data from third parties. We only collect Personal Data from you when you knowingly provide it for various purposes, such as when you complete the “Contact Us” form on the Website on behalf of an organization, submit a Letter of Inquiry, or make comments on the SFF blog. 

Publicly posted information. You also may provide information to be published or displayed (hereinafter, “posted”) in public areas of the Website, the SFF blog, or on other public social network sites that may be linked to the Website through the websites of SFF grantees (collectively, “User Contributions”). You post and transmit your User Contributions through links on our Website (“Linked Sites”) at your own risk. We cannot control the actions of other users of the Website or entities that maintain or use the Linked Sites. Therefore, we cannot, and do not, guarantee that your Personal Data or User Contributions will not be viewed, reproduced, altered or distributed by unauthorized persons when you publicly post Personal Data. Third parties control and establish their own privacy policies for the Linked Sites—this Policy does not apply to Linked Sites. It is your responsibility to read the privacy policies of all Linked Sites routinely to understand how those unrelated third parties collect and treat your PII and User Contributions. Please note that, even when you delete your posts, comments and messages you submit through the Linked Sites may still be viewable or available on our servers and/or of the servers of the Linked Sites.

SFF provides access to Linked Sites so you may find and review the websites and blogs of grantees and partners of SFF; however, we are not endorsing any particular offers or making any warranty of the contents or invitations in those websites or blogs to which the Linked Sites lead. We provide these links as informational opportunities and do not intend our provision of the Linked Sites to be endorsements or any other assurance of their accuracy or veracity.  Please review paragraph 2 of our Terms of Use for more information about limitations of liability. 

Aggregated information/use of cookies. SFF collects “aggregated” information through automatic data collection technologies such as cookies, web beacons and other technologies. Cookies are placed on your hard drive in order to save statistical data about you. “Aggregated” information is statistical and cannot be used to identify an individual without additional information. We use aggregated data to improve your experience and the quality of the services we provide to you, and personalize content and advertisements based on your past use of the Website. Examples of the aggregated data SFF collects include your location, your preferred language, communication data and the resources that you access and use on the Website; and information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, operating system and browser type. Unless you disable cookies from tracking you, when you next visit the Website, SFF may associate you with your previous visits to the Website to deliver a better and more personalized service to you. You may affirmatively decline cookies by proactively using the appropriate feature of your internet browser. Please note that if you choose to remove or reject cookies, you may not be able to access or use all of the services on the Website. 

3. How We Use Your Personal Data

We use your Personal Data to provide services, funding, and publicity about SFF grantees. We also use your Personal Data to comply with the use described when you provided your Personal Data and/or for any other purpose to which you consent. We use your Personal Data to contact you on behalf of the organization(s) you represent. We store your Personal Data for the period necessary in relation to the purposes for which it was collected or provided. We may also use Personal Data to comply with our legal or contractual third party obligations, or to establish, exercise or defend any legal claims. 

We also use your Personal Data to:

• To comply with any court order, law or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request;
• Enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other agreements, including for billing, payment and collection purposes through third party electronic payment processors and/or financial institutions (“ESPs”) to process such financial transactions.; or
• To protect the rights, property, or safety of SFF, our grantees or others if we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate.

4. How, Why and With Whom SFF Shares Aggregated Information and Personal Data

Aggregated information. “Aggregated” information is statistical and cannot be used to identify an individual without additional information. We may disclose aggregated information about our users and information that does not identify any individual, without restriction. Disclosure of aggregated information and Personal Data may be required to estimate our audience size and usage patterns; store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize our Website according to your individual interests; speed up your searches; and recognize you when you return to our Website. SFF does not use any third-party-placed tracking pixels or cookies from advertisers. Nor does SFF share any of your Personal Data with advertising platform vendors. 

If you would like more information about sharing aggregated information across websites and your choices to limit third-party service providers’ access to your use of other websites, please visit Although our Website currently does not have a mechanism to recognize the various web browser Do Not Track signals, we offer our users choices to manage their preferences proactively, as set forth in section, Rights Concerning Personal Data and Account Details. To learn more about browser tracking signals and Do Not Track, please visit

5. International Transfers of Personal Data

SFF currently restricts its contractual relationships with Third Parties located inside the United States. We may contact you in the event that we may want to transfer your Personal Data to the country in which a Third Party operates or resides, we will request your express consent to do so. 

6. California Privacy Rights

California law entitles residents to ask us for a notice describing what categories of Personal Data we share with third parties or with affiliates of SFF. SFF does not provide any PII to third parties for their own direct marketing purposes. If you want to request a notice or have any questions about our privacy practices, please contact us at: [email protected] or at 4616 25th Ave NE #193, Seattle, WA 98105.

7. Children Under the Age of 13

CHILDREN UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE CANNOT USE THE WEBSITE WITHOUT THE VERIFIED CONSENT OF A PARENT OR GUARDIAN. SFF does not knowingly collect Personal Data from children under 13. If you are under 13, do not: 

  • Provide any information about yourself to us, such as your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address or any avatar, screen name or user name you may use; 
  • Use any of the interactive or public comment features of this Website; or 
  • Use or provide any information on this Website or on or through any of its features.

If a child under the age of 13 wants to use the Website, a parent or guardian of that child should contact SFF and provide the required verifiable consent before permitting your child to access our Website. If we learn we have collected or received Personal Data from a child under 13 without prior verification of parental or guardian consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13 without verified parental consent, please contact us at [email protected] or at 4616 25th Ave NE #193, Seattle, WA 98105. We will permit you to review the Personal Data we have received prior to our destruction of it. 

8. Copyright Protection Under the DMCA/Repeat Infringer Removal Policy

We will respond to legitimate requests under the DMCA and we retain the right to remove user content on the SFF Website that we deem to be infringing the copyright of others. If you become aware of user content on the Website that infringes your copyright rights, you may submit a properly formatted DMCA request (See 17 U.S.C. § 512) to SFF. Misrepresentations of infringement can result in liability for monetary damages. You should consult an attorney before taking any action pursuant to the DMCA. A DMCA request can be sent to us via the contact information below:

Copyright Compliance
Lane Powell PC
1420 5th Ave Ste 4200
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206.223.7000
[email protected] 

Please send our Copyright Agent the following information:

  1. The electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or the person authorized to act on the owner's behalf;
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or a representative list of such works;
  3. The URL or Internet location of the materials claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity, or information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
  4. Your name, address, telephone number and email address;
  5. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and
  6. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

Your right to file a counter-notice. If we remove your User Content in response to a copyright or trademark notice, we will notify you at the email address you provided to SFF and offer to provide you with a copy of the notice. If you believe your User Content was wrongly removed due to a mistake or misidentification of the material, you can file a counter-notice with us that includes the following:

  1. Your physical or electronic signature;
  2. Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and where the material was located online before it was removed or access to it was disabled;
  3. A statement by you, under penalty of perjury, that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled; and
  4. Your name, address, and telephone number, and a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of federal district court for the judicial district in which the address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which the service provider may be found, and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification under DMCA 512 subsection (c)(1)(c) or an agent of such person.

Upon receiving a counter-notice, we will forward it to the complaining party and tell them we will restore your User Content within 10 business days. If that party does not notify us that they have filed an action to enjoin your use of that content on the Website before that period passes, we will consider restoring your user content to the site.

Removal of repeat infringers. SFF has a policy to close permanently the accounts of users we identify as repeat infringers. We apply this policy at our discretion and in appropriate circumstances, such as when a user has repeatedly been charged with infringing the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of others.

9. Data Security / Legal Disclaimer

SFF maintains reasonable administrative, technical and physical safeguards to secure your Personal Data from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration or disclosure. The safety and security of your Personal Data also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of the Website, you are responsible for keeping your password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone. If you have reason to believe your account with SFF has been compromised, you are responsible for reporting the suspected unauthorized access or use to us.

Unfortunately, because of the complex and constantly changing nature of technology and business, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. While SFF takes reasonable steps to safeguard your personal information once we receive it, no transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network is guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, SFF cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or information we transmit to you from the Website. SFF protects your personal information in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington, United States, which may not be at the same level of protection legally required in other jurisdictions.

We offer our services “AS-IS” and “AS-AVAILABLE,” without liability of any kind. We are not responsible for events beyond our direct control. We will not be liable for any indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages relating to the use or release of your Personal Data. Refer to the Terms of Use for additional limitations on liability.

10. Changes to Our Privacy & DMCA Policy

SFF posts any changes we make to our Privacy & DMCA Policy on this page. If we make material changes to how we treat your Personal Data or enforce the DMCA, we will notify you by e-mail or through a notice posted on the Website. The date this Policy was last revised is identified on the website. You are responsible for ensuring we have an up-to-date, active and deliverable e-mail address for you to ensure we can notify you of changes to the Policy. You should also periodically visit our Website to review any changes to this Policy.

11. Rights Concerning Personal Data

We respect your need to be able to access and update the Personal Data that you have provided to us. If you have registered online, you may access and update your information at any time by logging into your account. You may also ask SFF to update your information in your account by writing to us at the contact information set out below (subject to certain exceptions and as prescribed by law) or by email at [email protected] We may request certain Personal Data to verify the identity of the individual seeking access to records that contain your information. 
You can stop receiving email communications from us at any time by selecting the “unsubscribe” text link provided at the bottom of all email communications or contacting us as indicated below.  You may exercise your legal rights regarding your collected or provided information, and withdraw your consent, as set out in the applicable laws of the State of Washington, United States of America, or in the law of your state or country of residence, as well as ask any questions or comment about this Policy and SFF’s other privacy practices, by contacting us at: [email protected] or at 4616 25th Ave NE #193, Seattle WA 98105. You have the right to complain to a supervisory privacy authority in the country of your residence.

12. Governing Law & Jurisdiction

By using the Website, you agree that the laws of the State of Washington shall govern any disputes, without regard to its conflict of laws principles, including privacy or defamation issues or other concerns. Further, you agree that the courts of King County, Washington will have jurisdiction over all matters arising out of or related to the use of the Website.

13. Contact Us

If you have any questions about SFF’s Privacy and DMCA Policy, please contact us at Copyright Compliance, Lane Powell PC, 1420 5th Ave Ste 4200 Seattle, WA 98101 Phone: 206.223.7000 or [email protected].