Privacy policy

Privacy & Data

Privacy Policy

On May 25th 2018, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) went into effect across the European Union. The regulations give users greater control over their personal data. At CDF, we see this as a step in the right direction in protecting individuals and are happy to be in compliance with GDPR for our entire community.

We respect the right to personal privacy, and as such, we collect and use information only as disclosed in this Privacy Policy. Our Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time. Please check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of this site following the posting of changes to this policy will mean you accept those changes.

CDF does not collect any Personal Information about users, except that which is knowingly and specifically supplied to us by the user or is publicly available information.

CDF does not rent or sell Personal Information. We do not share email addresses with any third parties.

We always give you the option to unsubscribe from our email lists.

Data privacy

What information do we collect and how do we collect it on this website?

Personal Information such as name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. We collect this information only in connection with specific activities, such as campaigns, surveys and email newsletter subscriptions. Provision of this information is voluntary. Personal Information is information that identifies you as an individual or relates to an identifiable person.

Non-personal information such as IP addresses (the location of the computer on the internet), pages accessed and files downloaded, browser type, mobile device type, among others. This helps us to determine how many individuals use our site, how many people visit on a regular basis, which pages are most popular, and which pages are least popular. This information doesn’t tell us anything about who you are; it simply allows us to monitor and improve our service. CDF online does utilize cookies to store session information. These do not include any personal information.

If you submit any Personal Information relating to other people to us or to our service providers in connection with the Sites, you represent that you have the authority to do so and to permit us to use the information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Where is the information held?

Personal and financial information processed through this website is not stored by CDF.

Personal Information submitted when donating is managed by our partner organization and fiscal sponsor in the United States, Friends of the Charles Darwin Foundation (FCDF), with tax ID number 86-2660112.

All data transferred to and from CDF Website is encrypted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

Fundraise Up

CDF and FCDF use third party provider Fundraise Up as an online donation platform. All donation data collected is subject to the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”), and other applicable privacy laws. Non-Personal Information that is collected remains anonymous or non-personally identifiable. All Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is encrypted. Financial information such as banking information or credit card number, name, CVV code or date of expiration, is collected and stored by a third-party payment processor. Financial information is not stored by Fundraise Up Inc.

When making a donation, information collected may include:

Contact and account information such as name, email address, physical address, location data, and phone number;

Technical information collected. Such information may include standard web log entries that contain IP address, cookies (first party, third party, session, persistent, and flash), web beacons, page URL and timestamp.

For more information, please see Fundraise Up Inc.’s Privacy Policy.


Furthermore, CDF and FCDF use Salesforce.com as a donor relationship managing tool. All donation data collected is subject to the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”), and other applicable privacy laws.

CDF Salesforce database is password protected and has layered access such that only the Chief Development Officer or other Fundraising staff manage other users’ access to varying levels of data. Financial information related to online donations is securely managed by CDF and FCDF. Your credit card information is never stored, nor does CDF or FCDF have access to such information as it is securely tokenized by processors.

Any information supplied to the Charles Darwin Foundation by donors will be used solely to fulfill their intent and only shared if permission is granted by the donor. All requests to remain anonymous shall be honored. Salesforce.com does not review, share, distribute, print, or reference data except as provided in the Salesforce.com Terms of Use, or as may be required by law. For exact information, please refer to the Salesforce.com’s Privacy Statement, as well as the Terms of Use.


The subscriptions to CDF newsletter and news updates are stored in our Mailchimp account only kept in the newsletter subscriber group. Other lists are also managed in our Mailchimp account used for campaigns.

Mailchimp is a registered trademark of Intuit Inc. For more information, please see Intuit Inc.’s Privacy Policy.

How is the information used?

Information you provide about yourself when making a donation is used to complete the donation. If you don’t tick the box saying “I would like to make this donation anonymously” your first and last name will be published on our website and in our annual report under the Our Donors section.

Information you provide about yourself when subscribing to e-news or other CDF resources is used for the provision of that information and may be used for CDF campaigns, surveys, or other subscriber related communications.

No information will be released to any third parties. Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

CDF uses a variety of third-party web and mobile app analytics and optimization services to improve the Sites and enhance the visitor experience. For examples, the Sites use web analytics services that may record mouse clicks, mouse movements, scrolling activity, text you type in the Sites, and similar activity. The Sites do not use these services to collect any personally identifiable information not otherwise provided by you in using the Sites, and they do not track your browsing habits across other third-party websites on our behalf.

Information for visitors under 18

If you are under 18, be sure to obtain permission from a parent or guardian before you send any information about yourself (your name, address, e-mail address, etc.) to us or anyone else over the internet.

Your right to access the information

You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by contacting CDF at +593 5 2 526 146 or cdrs@fcdarwin.org.ec

You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending an email with both the old and new data to cdrs@fcdarwin.org.ec.


We seek to use reasonable organizational, technical, and administrative measures to protect Personal Information within our organization. Unfortunately, no data transmission or storage system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, please immediately notify us via email writing to: cdrs@fcdarwin.org.ec

Last updated February 2024.