Privacy Policy

Privacy & Legal Information


Lever for Change collects and processes your personal information that is provided by or about you as a person interested in our organization and may obtain information about you, including email addresses, from third parties for purposes of providing you information about Lever for Change. This Privacy Notice is provided to you in accordance with applicable privacy laws including, but not limited to, laws implementing the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) (the “Data Privacy Laws”). The GDPR applies only to residents in the European Economic Area, Switzerland and the UK. 

This Notice explains what information you may provide to us and how we use your information. Lever for Change takes the protection of personal information seriously and will never use data we collect for commercial purposes.

If personal data is collected from European residents, we would be a data controller under GDPR. Our contact details for purposes of compliance with GDPR are:

Attn: Josh Mintz, Vice President of General Counsel and Secretary
Lever for Change
140 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60603-5285
Phone (312) 726-8000
Fax (312) 579-3457
TDD (312) 920-6285

We welcome the public to visit our website (the “Site”), which can be browsed without the need to submit any personal information online. We also offer you the opportunity to sign up for newsletters and other communications. For those visitors who visit our Site without signing up for electronic communications, we may collect your Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (i.e., a numerical label assigned by your Internet Service Provider that provides host identification and label addressing, the browser and type of machine you are using, the website that referred you to us, and the pages of our Site that you visit).  

For those who visit our Site and sign up for our electronic communications, we will collect the information above in addition to the data you provide to us voluntarily on data forms, such as your name, company affiliation and e-mail address. If you provide us with your consent to receive these types of communications, we will offer you the right to unsubscribe in each electronic communication we send. This information is not shared with third parties, and you can unsubscribe at any time via a link at the bottom of each message.

The personal and public information collected from you may be used by Lever for Change generally to improve the Site, to provide you with information and event invitations, to generate usage or demographic statistics so that we may better understand your needs, to measure Site activity, and to improve the Site’s structure in helping users better locate needed information, all of which is intended to enhance the usefulness of the Site to our visitors. We may also use the personal and public information to educate ourselves about the interests of our visitors for purposes of better serving the community and our grantees. As noted, we will not use any personal information for commercial purposes. Any use of this Site for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited.



Your personal information includes any information relating to you where you are identified or from which you are identifiable. This includes your name, contact information, information about where you work and, if applicable, where you live and your use of our services.

We may collect various types of personal information from different sources, including:

  • Information you provide directly to us when you subscribe for news and updates, including through the Site;
  • Information we collect about your dealings with Lever for Change;
  • Organizations with which you may be affiliated or other third parties who provide us with your details for consideration regarding potential grant awards; and
  • Lists of contact information, including email addresses from third parties, including other funders.

What We Do with Your Personal Information

All the personal information we collect from or about you is used if at all only in the course of our charitable activities.

You may also consent to us using your personal information for additional purposes not described in the Privacy Notice but which we consider may be relevant to you or of interest to you from time to time. We will not use your personal information for these additional purposes without your consent. You have the right to tell us that you do not want to be contacted by us for these additional purposes any time after you initially provide your consent. 

We are also permitted to process your personal information to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations and/or our contractual obligations to you and to manage any technical issues or support requests that may arise.

Some of your personal information is processed by us in the United States, where we are based, and we may also share it with partners and third parties in other countries outside Europe or the UK with a lower standard of data protection laws as may be applicable in your country of residence. You expressly acknowledge and agree to the transfer of some of your personal information to the United States and such other countries as will be disclosed to you at the relevant time, which may have a lower standard of data privacy laws than in your country of residence. Our security measures are described below in this Privacy Notice.

We do not allow any third parties to have access to your personal information, except as required or permitted by applicable laws or in accordance with the Privacy Policy. We may disclose your personal information to our subcontractors, agents, or payment service providers (who may be located in the United States) that we contract with to assist us in providing the services, provided that any such subcontractors or agents shall agree in writing to comply with the privacy and security standards described in this Privacy Notice.

We do not share email addresses or information about visitors to our Site with third parties.

There may be also instances when we disclose your personal information to other parties, including but not limited to, the following:

  • To comply with the law or respond to compulsory legal process (such as a search warrant or court order) or request for information from a regulator or otherwise for legal purposes;
  • To verify or enforce compliance with the policies governing the services; or
  • To protect the rights, property or safety of Lever for Change, or any of our respective affiliates, business partners, or customers or otherwise in the legitimate business interests of Lever for Change and/or our affiliates and in accordance with Data Privacy Laws.

In any instance where we need to share your personal information with third parties, we will restrict the nature and categories of personal information to that which is required to comply with our contractual obligations to you or our legal and/or regulatory requirements. We may de-identify your personal information to protect your privacy.

How We Protect Your Personal Information

Lever for Change understands that storing data in a secure manner is essential. Lever for Change stores personal information and other data using reasonable physical, technical and administrative safeguards to secure data against foreseeable risks, such as unauthorized use, access, disclosure, destruction or modification. Although we make good faith efforts to store the information we collect in a secure operating environment that is not available to the public, we cannot guarantee complete security. Further, while we work to ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee that our security measures will prevent third-party "hackers" from illegally obtaining this information.

How Long We Keep Your Personal Information

We retain your personal data in accordance with our business needs and for legal, regulatory, audit and tax requirements. After this period the personal information relating to your account and your use of the services will be deleted.  Any personal information which you have provided to us for receiving information and event invitations will be kept until you notify us that you no longer wish to receive this information. 


We would like to use your name and email address to inform you of our news, updates and details of our activities. As discussed above, we will offer you the ability to unsubscribe in each electronic communication and will not share your information with third parties, except as expressly described elsewhere in this Privacy Notice. 


You have the right to ensure that your personal information is accurate. To make changes to your contact and other account information, or to opt out of receiving marketing communications, please contact us as described above. You have the right to request that we delete your personal information. You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information and/or to access your personal information. Your rights are subject to the applicable Data Privacy Laws.

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal information, you can contact us by email, phone or post (details above) and we will investigate the matter and respond to you promptly. If you are not satisfied with our response, you can complain to any applicable data privacy authority in your country of residence.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice or about Lever for Change’s handling of your information, please contact us.


Certain Non-identifying information  (“Data”) that is collected about you when you visit the Site is used to enhance your user experience.

Lever for Change and vendors acting on its behalf may use the Data in combination with various Internet technologies to help manage Site operations, track user traffic, and gather broad demographic information.

We may use IP addresses to diagnose possible technical problems, administer our Site, and aggregate data on use. Log files, which identify every request made to our server, may be used to determine statistically which areas of the Site our visitors prefer and to prepare future content based on the interests of our visitors.

We may also use “cookies” to better serve our visitors. A “cookie” is a small data file that certain websites write to your computer’s hard drive when you access the site. A cookie file can contain information, such as a user ID, that a website uses to track the pages you have visited, but the only personal information a cookie contains is information you supply. Cookies may also allow our Site to recognize and load your pages on repeat visits to the Site. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites.

Our site and HTML-formatted e-mail communications may use web beacons in conjunction with cookies to understand a visitor’s behavior. A web beacon (also called a single-pixel or clear GIF) is an electronic image that can recognize certain types of information on a visitor's computer, such as a visitor's cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page where the web beacon is placed. Some web beacons may be unusable if you elect to reject their associated cookies. We may also use customized links or other similar technologies to track e-mail links that you select. We may associate personal information with the Data to provide you more focused e-mail communications. Each e-mail communication includes an unsubscribe link allowing you to stop delivery of that type of communication.

If you prefer not to receive cookies while browsing the Site or via HTML-formatted e-mails, you can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies and refuse the cookie when your browser alerts you to its presence. You can also refuse all cookies by turning them off in your browser, although you may not be able to take full advantage of the Site if you do so. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use/navigate through the Site, although access to and use of the Site might be limited at times. You can find more information atYour Online Choices (EU).


Following your registration on the Site, Lever for Change may with your consent provide you with electronic communications that it or third-party service providers engaged by Lever for Change publish from time to time. These communications describe the work of Lever for Change and its partners, the benefits that the work brings to the community at large, and other information of interest to Lever for Change community.  You may opt out of receiving these communications at any time.

The Data, including the information entered by you on our Site, may be provided on a confidential basis to one or more third-party service providers that we engage to maintain contact databases and/or send messages on Lever for Change’s behalf. They are required to take technical and organizational measures to protect the Data and only use it for these purposes or other authorized purposes related to Lever for Change’s activities. However, third-party service providers are prohibited from renting, selling, leasing, circulating, or otherwise distributing this information for use other than the services they provide to Lever for Change. The Data may also be aggregated with or linked to information already existing in the Lever for Change database.

We do not share the Data with other recipients without your express consent.

Please note that Lever for Change may with your consent allow these third-party vendors to send you electronic communications on its behalf. Each third-party vendor has its own privacy policy, and should you subscribe to that particular electronic communication, you will be subject to that third-party vendor’s privacy policy as well. Additionally, each electronic communication that is sent will indicate how you may unsubscribe if you so desire.


This Site is operated in the United States. If you are located outside the U.S., please be aware that any Data you provide to us will be transferred to the United States, which may provide a lower level of protections as those in your own country. By using the Site, you consent to this transfer, retention, and processing of your information in the United States.


There may be times that you wish to access your personal information that we hold. We will provide you with access to your personal Information in accordance with your legal entitlements, so you can instruct us to correct or update the personal information if it is inaccurate, or delete your personal information if you do not want us to retain it, although we may still need to do so by law, for legal purposes, including claims management, or for a legitimate business purpose. To request a copy of your personal information, or to provide instructions to us on what you want corrected, restricted or updated, contact Josh Mintz (see address above). If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can send us an email or, if applicable and permitted by law, raise your concerns with an appropriate supervisory authority in your country of residence.


Lever for Change is the sole owner of the Data collected on the Site. Lever for Change will not sell, rent, share, exchange, or otherwise disclose the Data to others outside of Lever for Change, except as described in this Statement. Lever for Change will attempt to collect and store the Data in a manner to protect its confidentiality, recognizing that no transmission of data is entirely secure.

We may disclose or provide Data pursuant to subpoenas, warrants, or other judicial or government orders, in the event an individual’s safety or security is at risk, or as otherwise required by law.


Our electronic communications provide users the opportunity to opt out of receiving future automated communications from us. If you wish to unsubscribe to a newsletter you receive from a third-party provider, please follow the third-party provider’s instructions located in the publication to unsubscribe.



This Site contains links to other sites. Lever for Change provides such links to help visitors explore the wide range of information available on topics of interest. Lever for Change is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of websites to which it links. By providing a link, Lever for Change is not endorsing the content of the linked site or the entity that maintains it. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave Lever for Change’s Site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This Statement applies solely to information collected by this Site.


The laws of the United States, and in particular, the State of Illinois shall govern with respect to all issues arising out of this Privacy Notice and this Site. By using this Site, you agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of State and Federal courts in Cook County, Illinois, in all matters arising out of or relating to this Privacy Policy and the use of this Site. If accessing this Site from another jurisdiction other than the U.S., you agree to comply with all U.S. laws.


Copyright in the text materials contained in this Site is owned by Lever for Change, ©2022 Lever for Change.

Our policy is to broadly share and build upon the work we support to advance collective knowledge while respecting the intellectual property of others. Therefore, except as otherwise noted, a Creative Commons license applies to all content on the Site that Lever for Change has created, owns or has a contractual right to share. As set forth more fully in the linked site below, this license permits you to copy, distribute, and display such content as long as you mention and link back to Lever for Change and do not change the content or use it commercially.

View the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

With respect to material, reports or other work posted on the Site that are not owned by Lever for Change, we include proper attribution, indicating the owner of the copyright and, where appropriate, that it is reproduced with the permission of the copyright owner. If you would like to use work that is not owned by Lever for Change, please contact the copyright owner for permission.

By downloading or reproducing any information from this Site, you accept and agree to the conditions described in this Statement in their entirety without modification unless otherwise agreed to in writing by Lever for Change and you.


The name and mark “Lever for Change” and all variations thereof and any other names and marks comprising the name are the sole and exclusive property of Lever for Change. Visitors shall not acquire any right, title or interest in any Lever for Change Name. Except as otherwise permitted herein, all uses of any Lever for Change Name in any manner shall be subject to inspection by and approval of Lever for Change. Approval may be granted or withheld in the sole and absolute discretion of Lever for Change. Any use of the Lever for Change Name or the text or graphic materials contained in this Site in any manner to express or imply endorsement, sponsorship, affiliation or association of the user with or by Lever for Change, is strictly prohibited. Except as otherwise permitted herein or by separate agreement, Lever for Change’s logo cannot be used without prior authorization from Lever for Change.


The materials on the Site are provided "as is" to visitors. Lever for Change does not represent that the information is complete, current, or error-free, or applicable to your situation. We are not responsible for third-party websites even if they are accessed through this Site. you should review the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use agreements that apply to such sites.

Although we intend to take reasonable steps to prevent the introduction of viruses, worms, or "Trojan Horses" or other destructive materials to our Site, we do not guarantee or warrant that our Site, or materials that may be downloaded from our Site, are free from such destructive features. Any materials obtained from this Site or downloaded from the Site are obtained or downloaded at your own risk. Lever for Change assumes no liability or responsibility for any damages arising from a visitor's use of, or inability to use, this Site. Lever for Change shall not be liable for any damages or harm to computer systems, loss of data resulting from the download of any materials, and we disclaim warranties for any information received through any links provided by the Site.

Lever for Change is not liable for any claim, loss or injury based on errors, omissions, interruptions or other inaccuracies in the Site, nor for any claim, loss or injury that results from your use of the Site.


We may update this Statement from time to time and encourage you to check back periodically and review Lever for Change’s most updated Statement.


If you have any questions regarding this Statement, please contact Josh Mintz (see address above).

We may update this policy from time to time.

Updated May 2022.

Lever for Change, an affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


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