The Michael and Annie Falk Foundation (“MAFF,” “the MAFF”, “we,” “our,” “us”) respects the privacy of users of our website. This Privacy Statement describes how MAFF collects, uses, discloses, and shares the information you provide.


By visiting MAFF’s website you agree to the terms of this Privacy Statement, as may be amended from time to time, and to the transfer of your personal and sensitive information to, and processing and maintenance in, the United States of America. If you do not agree with the terms of this Privacy Statement, please do not use the MAFF’s website.


We collect your personal information when you voluntarily provide it to us.  Information that you provide to MAFF may include:

  • Your name
  • Your contact information
  • Your demographic information (such as age, race/ethnicity, gender, location)
  • Transaction-related information (such as your credit card)
  • Additional personal/business Information you may provide when submitting an application for a grant
  • Additional personal/business Information you may provide when you contact MAFF


MAFF may collect your personal information when you provide it through certain sections of our website, including when you:

  • Make a donation
  • Apply for a grant fromThe Michael and Annie Falk Foundation
  • Sign up to receive updates or other communications from The Michael and Annie Falk Foundation
  • Contact us with a question, comment, or request 


MAFF uses the personal information you provide for the purposes for which you provide it.  We may also use it to send you information about the MAFF activities and news, to help us provide a more personalized and improved experience when you interact with our website, and other ways including:

  • To contact you regarding or to complete donations or purchases
  • To reply to your requests for information or other assistance
  • To inform you of changes to our policies or terms
  • To communicate with you about upcoming events, initiatives, or other activities
  • To provide news about The Michael and Annie Falk Foundation and our impact  

Aggregating Information.  In addition to personal information you provide through our website the MAFF may collect your personal/business information offline, through direct mail, telephone, or face-to-face communications to help provide services to you. The MAFF may aggregate or merge your personal information collected from offline and/or third-party sources, including currently existing information from our records, into a single record.


Our website may automatically collect information about your visit on its server logs or through our other online services, including such information as your IP address, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language, referring URL, pages viewed, links clicked, and similar information.


In order to provide users of our website with certain services and goods, to help us receive and manage data, to operate our website and other online platforms, to deliver communications to users, and provide other services, we contract with third-party companies and individuals (“third party,” “third parties”).

Commitment to Donors

Donors may contact us to remove their names and contact information from any lists that the MAFF may exchange as described below (see “Updating Preferences and Opting Out of Receiving Certain Information”).  This policy applies to information received both online and offline by the MAFF concerning donors.  To the extent donations are processed through a third-party, we require that donor information be used only for purposes necessary to process the donation.

Sharing Information.  MAFF will not sell or rent your personal information.  The ways that the MAFF may share your personal information include:

  • Credit Card Transactions, Electronic Fund Transfers, Payments by Check or Money Order, Online Transactions; and Other Services. The MAFF hires third parties to provide credit card, bank, payment and information processing, order fulfillment, and other services. If you choose to make an application for employment, make a donation online, by phone, through the mail or by other means, make a purchase online, or participate in other activities, we will share your personal information with our service providers as necessary to provide the services.  We require third party service-providers to hold personal information in confidence and to use it only for the purpose provided.
  • Necessity. If we have reason to believe there has been inappropriate interference with or use of our website, communications, charitable services or personal or real property (for example, see Terms of Use), or if we have reason to believe that one of the MAFF website users, donors, employees or other related parties may have been injured or may have harmed another party, and for similar reasons, we may disclose, without notice to you, personal information as we determine in our good faith judgment is appropriate or is compelled by law enforcement or a legal or regulatory authority.

Third-Party Links.  Our website may include URLs that link to other websites. When you leave the MAFF’s website, we do not control the website to which you are linked. For example, when you click on a service provider’s name at the MAFF’s website, you will be connected with the third-party website (even if the MAFF’s name/logo is on the screen). This service provider website should have its own privacy policy applying to transactions at its website.  It is important, therefore, that you review privacy policies and terms of use on third-party sites carefully, before you use any services or programs offered.


We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from persons under age 18. If you are younger than 18 years, please do not send any information about yourself to MAFF, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. 


MAFF strives to use reasonable administrative, technical, and physical measures to safeguard the personal information we collect from our users.  We use layered security in our systems and designate employees who should have access to “hard copies.”  Online transactions are conducted on an encrypted transcription page using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) before transmission.  On encrypted pages, a “closed” lock symbol is displayed in the bottom part of your browser screen and the website address in the address bar at the top of the browser screen starts with an “https” instead of an “http.”  If you do not see a transaction page with the SSL encryption in place, or if you have concerns about the security of sensitive information, do not send your information to us electronically.  No information system or transmission over the internet can be 100% secure, so we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information.


From time to time, MAFF may revise our Privacy Statement to address changing technology, security measures and website functionality. We strive to provide you with timely notice of these changes by posting changes to our Privacy Statement on our website or sending other notice that we think is appropriate to the change.  Your use of our website or other online services after we have posted changes indicates your agreement to the revised Privacy Statement.  Please contact us if you have any questions about changes to our practices.


Cookies.  A cookie is a text file that is sent to your browser from MAFF’s server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies are used to collect information about a user’s activities on our website and a user’s preferences. MAFF uses two different types of cookies: session-based and persistent cookies. Session-based cookies expire at the end of a browser session, so once you close your browser the cookie simply terminates. Persistent cookies remain on your computer until you remove them. Persistent cookies are used to provide internal website analytics. If you do not want our online services to collect information through cookies, you can set your web browser preferences to reject or delete cookies from our online services. Depending on the browser you use (such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Edge, or others), you can set your preferences by checking the “Help” or “Options” menu to make changes.  If you disable cookies, certain functionality on the website may not work as intended.

Google Analytics. MAFF’s website and online services use Google Analytics to analyze data on our website. You may opt-out of Google Analytics by visiting Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On and downloading the application for your browser.


Updating Preferences and Opting Out of Receiving Certain Information. If you wish to change your privacy preferences or to opt out of receiving certain communications, you may contact us to update your records as follows:

Email communications. When you receive an email regarding upcoming events, donations, or activities from MAFF through our online services, you may use the link provided at the bottom of the email to unsubscribe from future communications.

Via mail:

Michael and Annie Falk Foundation

PO Box 2616

Palm Beach, FL  33480  


We would like to hear from you about our Privacy Statement or any comments, questions, or issues related to The Michael and Annie Falk Foundation.  Please contact us.