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Privacy Policy

Equip for Equality Inc. (EFE) is committed to your privacy and protecting your information. Our privacy policy is set forth below.

What this privacy policy covers

This policy covers how EFE uses personal information we collect and receive, including information related to past use of EFE programs and services. Personal information is information about you that is personally identifiable, such as your name, address, email address, phone number and information that is not otherwise publicly available.

This policy applies only to information collected or used by and does not affect information Equip for Equality collects through other means.

This policy does not apply to the practices of companies or other organizations that EFE does not own or control, nor to people that EFE does not employ or manage.

How we gather information from users

How we collect and store information depends on the page you are visiting, the activities in which you participate, and the services provided. For example, you may be asked to provide information when you register for email updates, participate in a survey or discussion group, or when you make a purchase or donation.

Like most websites, also collects information automatically and through the use of electronic tools that may be invisible to our visitors. For example, we receive the name of your internet browser, operation system, etc.

Newsletter publication

If you wish to subscribe to our newsletter, we ask for contact information, such as name, address, and email address.


Our site’s “Donation” form requires you to give us contact information (name and address, email address, etc.). Unless you choose to “opt out” of having your information used for purposes not directly related to our site, we may use this information to keep you informed on what is happening at Equip for Equality, and we may also share your name and address with other disability-related organizations.t

Financial and banking information as disclosed on checks and faxes containing charge card type, number, expiration date and signature is deemed confidential and is not disclosed to others except as noted below. Faxes containing charge card information are destroyed as soon as payment has been verified.

Please note that in order to process checks and charge card donations, we give your check or charge card information to the appropriate banks and credit card companies.

Online transactions

Credit card transactions through this EFE site are processed and verified by VeriSign. Your credit card number and billing information is provided to VeriSign and your banking or credit institution. We do not share your credit card information with anyone else. (To read more about VeriSign, visit the VeriSign web site.)

Children does not knowingly collect or solicit personally identifiable information from or about children under 13 except as permitted by law. If we discover we have received any information from a child under 13 in violation of this policy, we will delete that information immediately. If you believe has any information from or about anyone under 13, please contact us at the address listed below.

How we use the information we collect

EFE does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or nonaffiliated companies or organizations except to provide programs or services you’ve requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:

  • We respond to subpoenas, court orders or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims
  • We believe it is necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of EFE’s terms of use, or as otherwise required by law.

Confidentiality and security

We limit access to personal information about you to employees whom we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information to provide services to you or to do their jobs.

Your choice to opt out

You may opt out of our using your personal information by not providing it.

You may opt out of receiving future newsletter publications and other mailings. You may opt out of our sharing of your information with other disability-related organizations. You may do this by contacting us using one of the methods below. You may also update your own information (such as your ZIP code), or ask any questions about this privacy policy, the practices of this site, or your communication with this site, through one of the following communication options:

  1. Email us at Type “opt out” in the subject line.
  2. Fax us at 312-800-0912
  3. Write to us at:

Equip for Equality Website
20 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60602


Linked sites

The information and services provided through links on this site are independent of EFE and are for your convenience only. EFE is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware that when you leave our site you should read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. You are responsible for viewing and abiding by the privacy statements and terms of use posted at the linked sites.

Linked sites may also send their own cookies to users, collect data, solicit personal information, or contain information that you may find inappropriate or offensive. Please keep in mind that whenever you give out personal information online — for example, via message boards or chat — that information can be collected and used by people you don’t know. While EFE strives to protect your personal information and privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online. You make such disclosures at your own risk.


This website takes every reasonable precaution to protect your information. None of your information provided to us is maintained on the website, nor will it be disclosed to other organizations except as defined here.

Notification of changes

EFE reserves the right to change this policy at any time. Please check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of our site after the posting of changes to this policy will mean you accept those changes. Information collected before any change is posted will be used according to the rules and laws that applied at the time the information was collected.

Jurisdiction and choice of law

All claims or issues regarding this website shall be governed according to the laws of the state of Illinois without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. Any legal action concerning these terms or this website must be brought within one (1) year after the claim or cause of action arises. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these terms shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in Chicago, Illinois, and you hereby consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. If any provision of these terms shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions

Last updated: March 30, 2021

This website is made possible by funding support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, both the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of Equip for Equality and do not necessarily represent the official view of any of these agencies.

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