Who we are



Suggested text: When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is

here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


PII may also include information that is automatically collected like web browser data (such as IP address, date and time of visit, and pages viewed) and web browser cookies (small files stored on your computer used to recognize you and your preferences). We use this information for analytics and Site functionality purposes, including to improve your user experience. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies and can be configured to prevent this, but you may not be able to access some parts of our site or have a diminished user experience without cookies.

If you would like more information about what PII we collect, would like us to stop using your PII, or simply wish to unsubscribe from our mailing list, please contact us at kpiercelewis@hopbe.org

Please note that we do not intentionally collect PII from, or direct this Site to, people under 13 years old or people outside of the United States of America. If you are a member of either group (or a parent/guardian of a minor) and wish to visit our Site, volunteer, or donate to our organization, please contact us at kpiercelewis@hopbe.org.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

We sometimes provide links to third-party websites, such as payment providers or unaffiliated organizations, on our Site. You understand and agree that your use of such third-party sites will be governed by the applicable privacy policies of those sites and not by this Privacy Notice. We are not responsible for the acts or omissions of third-party websites.

How long we retain your data

We use PII in support of our organization’s mission. Uses include contacting you about programs and activities, requesting and facilitating donations, processing scholarship/aid applications, distribution of services/assistance under scholarship/aid awards, and for site analytics and functionality purposes as described above.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profiles. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

H.O.P.E., Inc. respects the privacy of your personally identifiable information (“PII”). As a user of this website (the “Site”), we will take appropriate measures to protect your PII provided by and collected from you on the Site. We may update this Privacy Notice from time to time and will update the last updated date above.

You can choose to stop receiving information from us about content or services: You can email kpiercelewis@hopbe.org with “UNSUBSCRIBE” in the subject line to be removed from our mailing list. If you are a scholarship/aid recipient, we will continue to provide communications to you as needed.

If you have a concern or question about this Privacy Notice, about privacy at the Site, or to inquire about any PII you provided us, please send an email with your question or concern to kpiercelewis@hopbe.org.

Where we send your data

Managing a non-profit organization also requires us to share your PII with certain third parties. We may share PII with third parties when (i) the person submitting the PII authorizes us to share it; (ii) a third party performs a function for us directly related to the operation of the Site or our organization, such as contacting our supporters, processing payments, or verifying eligibility for our services and scholarships/aid awards; or (iii) we are required to by law or court order to do so.

We maintain reasonable security measures to protect your PII from unauthorized use. While no protections are completely secure, we strive to apply best practices to protect your PII from unauthorized physical and digital access.