Donor Privacy Policy

Ferst Readers


Updated: January 1, 2016

Ferst Readers is committed to preserving your privacy and donor information. The following statement describes the information-gathering and usage practices of our donation service.

When you make a donation to Ferst Readers, Ferst Readers collects personal information about you in order to properly process your donation. This personal information includes: name, address, phone, email address, and "acknowledgement" or "in memory of" information. Ferst Readers also keeps a record of each donor’s giving history on file for IRS purposes and for use in development processes.

Ferst Readers does not trade, share, or sell names, addresses, telephone numbers, or email addresses of its donors. Ferst Readers does not send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. If you are making a donation in honor of or in memory of someone, their personal information will not be used for any purposes other than sending an acknowledgement card and/or for name recognition in Ferst Readers publications. If you indicate that you wish your donation to remain anonymous, your name will not be recognized in Ferst Readers publications. Publications that may include donor names are: annual reports, monthly newsletters, and the Ferst Readers website.

Ferst Readers will use contact information (email, telephone number, and address) of donors for the following purposes only:

  • Distribute receipts for donations
  • Thank donors for their donation
  • Inform donors about news, upcoming fundraising events, and other Ferst Readers activities
  • Internal analysis and record keeping
  • Reporting to relevant U.S. and State agencies (these reports are not for public inspection)

It is unlikely that Ferst Readers will need to contact you but we reserve the right in the event that we need to verify your personal information. If you contact us by email or phone, we may ask you to verify your personal information so that we may respond to your inquiry.

Protecting Personal Information

Ferst Readers takes every precaution to protect donor information. When donors submit personal information (credit card information, email, telephone number, address) via our web site, that information is encrypted and is protected via the best encryption software in the industry – Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect donor information offline. All of our donor information, whether collected online or offline, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. All employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices.

Changes to our privacy policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to our homepage and other places we deem appropriate so our donors and stakeholders are always aware of what information we collect and how we use it. If we are going to use personal identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify you via email.

Contacting Ferst Readers

Ferst Readers values your support and works hard to ensure that your giving experience is a positive one. If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of Ferst Readers, or your dealings with our website, please contact:


Ferst Readers

P.O. Box 3127

Madison, GA 30650


tel: (706) 343-0177

fax: (706) 343-9998


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