Privacy Statement
This privacy statement sets out how Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF) uses and protects any information that you give us. BLCF is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. BLCF may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should occasionally check this page to ensure that you are happy with any such changes. This policy is effective from 1 May 2018.

What we collect
We may collect the following information:

- Name and job title.
- Contact and demographic information including email address.
- Your connections to other organisations (e.g. your employer).
- Your preferences and interests.
- Details of your donations.
- Details of your grant applications.
- Records of your interactions with BLCF for example: attendance at events.

What do we do with the information we gather?
We will process your personal information for our legitimate business and charitable interests, which include some or all of the following:

- Internal record keeping.
- Recording and processing of donations.
- To claim Gift Aid on your donations.
- To undertake statistical analysis.
- To improve our communication and services.
- To occasionally contact you about the work of the Community Foundation.
- To invite you to BLCF hosted events that we think may be of interest to you.
- To assess your eligibility for a grant.

You will always have the ability to decline future contact.

We may combine information you provide to us with information available from external sources in order to gain a better understanding of our supporters and grant applicants and to improve the services that we provide. The information that we obtain from other organisations may depend upon your privacy settings or responses you give so you should check them regularly. This information will be obtained from places such as Companies House and articles published in the national and local press.

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. Some of our suppliers run their operations outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Although they may not be subject to same data protection laws as companies based in the UK, we will take steps to make sure they provide an adequate level of protection in accordance with UK data protection law. By submitting your personal information to us you agree to this transfer, storing or processing at a location outside the EEA. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect.

We will not retain your information for longer than is necessary. This will normally be for a maximum of six years after our relationship with you has ceased although we are occasionally required to hold data for longer periods for specific programmes.

Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement.

Controlling your personal information
You may choose to restrict our use of your personal information in the following ways: Whenever you are asked to fill in a form look for the boxes that you can click to indicate how you would like us to contact you. Electronic communications will contain an ‘unsubscribe’ link. If you would like to change your communication preferences or be removed from our database you can ask us at any time by e-mailing or by using the form available on our website or by writing to us at the address below or you can call us on 01525 306 690.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. You may request details of personal information which we hold about you. A small fee may be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held about you please write to:

Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation
Room 135,
Capability House,
Wrest Park,
MK45 4HS

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to us or email us as soon as possible. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Our website may on occasion use cookies, which help us to:

- Improve the user experience Speed up the transfer of information to you – i.e. improve your browsing experience. Improve the security of this website.
- Allow you to receive information from our linked social networking platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter.

The cookies that we may decide to use, both now and in the future will not:

- Harvest any personally identifiable information (without your permission).
- Harvest any sensitive information (without your permission).
- Forward the above data to third parties If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are comfortable with this arrangement.

Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

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Thank you, the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation.

Last Updated: 13th April 2021