Security Statement

Security Statement

Your security—and trust—is very important to us.

Our website allows us to accept donations with low overhead and allows supporters to give with ease, but many people are cautious to make online transactions for fear of credit card/identity theft.
  • Though security concerns are legitimate, the risks are extremely low—information is encrypted using the latest technology by our partner PayPal.
  • We’ve taken all necessary measures to ensure your information is safe while being processed and to make your experience on our site positive.
  • Please visit our privacy commitment to learn more and review our official security policy below.
  • If you’re uncomfortable making a gift online, please call 218-829-2619 to make a donation though other methods.
Official Policy
Your Security

You never have to worry about security when giving online to United Way. We are committed to using the most advanced technology in the industry and to collaborating with trusted partners to offer secure online transactions.
For added peace of mind, our partner independently ensures our online giving function is maintaining the best security practices.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protects your vital information before it travels over the internet. Information like your name, address, and credit card number is encrypted, which prevents unauthorized access.We guarantee all information sent with SSL to United Way will be encrypted.
Federal Law

Under existing federal law, you generally cannot be held liable for more than $50 of fraudulent charges made on your credit card. In the unlikely event that you are subjected to fraudulent charges, be sure to first notify your credit card provider in accordance with its rules and procedures.
Tax Deductibility
We will provide a statement of donations of $250 and over. United Way and its partners are not qualified to give tax advice to users. Please consult your financial advisor or banker for information about tax deductibility.
Disclaimer of Warranties
Neither United Way nor any provider of third-party content or their respective agents warrants that the service will be uninterrupted or error free; nor does United Way, any third party content provider, or their respective agents make any warranty as to the results to be obtained from use of the service or the content.
The service and the content are distributed on an “as is, as available” basis. None of United Way, third party content providers and their respective agents make any warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of title with respect to the service, any content or any products or services sold through the service. Neither United Way nor any third party content provider warrants that any files available for downloading through the service will be free of viruses or similar contamination or destructive features.
You expressly agree the entire risk as to the quality and performance of the service and the accuracy or completeness of the content is assumed solely by you. Neither United Way, any third party content provider, nor their respective agents shall be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of the use of or inability to use the service, even if such party has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
Some states do not allow exclusion of implied warranties or limitation of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. In such states, the liability of United Way, third party content providers and their respective agents shall be limited to the greatest extent permitted by law.
Commitment to Privacy
Lakes Area United Way (herein referred to as “United Way”) respects the privacy of every visitor to our website. Your privacy is a priority, and we go to great lengths to protect it. United Way will never sell, trade, share or rent your personal information to its merchant partners, member agencies or any other third parties without your prior consent. This Internet Site Privacy Policy explains our online information practices.
This Policy may be changed or updated from time to time. Your use of the Site following any changes means that you agree to follow and be bound by the Privacy Policy as changed. Any change to this Privacy Policy shall be effective as to any user who has visited the Site before the change was made. It is the obligation of users visiting the Site before the change to learn of changes to the Privacy Policy since their last visit.
Information Collection
We will not collect personal information from you when you visit our website unless you provide the information to us voluntarily and knowingly.
  • Applying to work at United Way as an employee: When you apply to be an employee, we ask for a variety of types of data that are typical for employment applications including your résumé.
  • Making a financial contribution: When you make a financial contribution online, we collect your name, contact information and standard credit card data. This information allows us to process and fulfill your donation and notify you of your donation status.
  • Signing up for email updates: When you sign up to receive e-mail updates, we ask for your name and email address.
  • Other tracked information: When you request information about running a campaign, enter a sweepstakes, complete a survey, vote in online polls or any other function that uses a submit/go feature, we may track personal information you provide in our secure database of community supporters.
An IP address is a number assigned to your computer automatically when you use the internet. We use your IP address along with other users’ IP addresses to track usage patterns and improve our Site. At no time is your IP address linked with anything that personally identifies the owner of the IP address.
Use of Cookies
We may use “cookies” and other technologies to enhance your online experience. A “cookie” can be either permanent (i.e., it remains on your computer until you delete it) or temporary (i.e., it lasts only until you close your browser). A “cookie” is a small text file that helps us recognize repeat visitors, facilitate the visitor’s ongoing access to and use of the site, and track usage behavior and compile aggregate data that can lead to website improvements. Cookies may also help us customize certain content on the website. Cookies and other similar technologies collect non-personal information about the user of a particular Internet Protocol (IP) address. If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, you can deny or accept the cookie feature using a simple procedure available in most browsers. If you block cookies, however, you may lose some website functionality.
Security of Credit Card Information
We use a variety of safeguards to protect the security of your credit card transactions. We use technologies and processes such as encryption, access controls, network firewalls, physical security and other measures. These measures make it extremely difficult for anyone to intercept the credit card information you send to us. United Way works with a third-party credit card company in the same way as other e-commerce websites.
How we use your information
United Way will not sell, trade, or share personal information about our financial donors with anyone else, nor will we send mailings to our financial donors on behalf of other organizations, unless a donor has given us specific permission to do so. If you provide United Way with personal information, we may enter your name into our database so we can contact you to obtain your input, provide information about our programs and events, or solicit future contributions.
We care about doing it right
United Way is committed to accuracy and precision in processing your contribution information. We employ a variety of error-checking procedures, and our systems are subject to independent external and internal audits to ensure the privacy, security and accurate processing of your information. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lakes Area United Way at
PO Box 381
Brainerd, MN 56401
Or call