Privacy Policy

We respect your privacy and confidentiality.


We welcome visitors to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s site at (the “Site”). We respect your privacy and confidentiality. The following statement provides more information in this regard and in connection with the terms of use of the Site.

Statement of Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

This Statement of Privacy Policy and Terms of Use (the “Statement”) describes the online information practices of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (the “Foundation”). It explains the information we collect from visitors to the Foundation’s site at (the “Site”) and how we use it. It further describes conditions regarding use of the Site. The Foundation reserves the right to modify this Statement at any time without prior notification to persons using the Site.

General Information/Collection and Use of Data

We welcome the public to visit our site, which can be browsed without the need to submit any personal information online. For those visitors who visit our site without signing up for electronic communications, we may collect your Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (i.e., a number assigned by your Internet Service Provider so you can access the Internet), the name of your internet service provider, the browser and type of machine you are using, the website that referred you to us, and the pages of our Site that you visit (the “Public Information”).

For those who visit our site and sign up for our electronic communications, we will collect the Public Information described above in addition to the data you provide to us voluntarily on data forms, such as your name, company affiliation and e-mail address (the “Visitor Information”).

The Public Information and the Visitor Information is collectively referred to herein as the “data.” The data collected from you may be used by the Foundation generally to improve the site, to provide you with electronic communications, articles, and other items of interest, to generate usage or demographic statistics so that we may better understand your needs, to measure Ssite activity, and to improve the site’s structure in helping users better reach needed information, all of which is intended to enhance the usefulness of the site to our visitors. We may also use the data to educate ourselves about the interests and concerns of our visitors for purposes of better serving the community and our grantees. We will not use any data for commercial purposes. Any use of this Site for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited.


Non-personally identifiable information that is collected about you when you visit the Site is used to enhance your user experience.

The Foundation and vendors acting on its behalf may use the data in combination with various Internet technologies to help manage Site operations, track user traffic, and gather broad demographic information.

We may use IP addresses to diagnose possible technical problems, administer our Site, and aggregate Data on use. Log files, which identify every request made to our server, may be used to determine statistically which areas of the site our visitors prefer and to prepare future content based on the interests of our visitors.

We may also use “cookies” to better serve our visitors. A “cookie” is a small data file that certain websites write to your computer’s hard drive when you access the site. A cookie file can contain information, such as a user ID, that a website uses to track the pages you have visited, but the only personal information a cookie contains is information you supply. Cookies may also allow our Site to recognize and load your pages on repeat visits to the Site. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites.

Our site and HTML-formatted e-mail communications may use web beacons in conjunction with cookies to understand a visitor’s behavior. A web beacon (also called a single-pixel or clear GIF) is an electronic image that can recognize certain types of information on a visitor's computer, such as a visitor's cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page where the web beacon is placed. Some web beacons may be unusable if you elect to reject their associated cookies. We may also use customized links or other similar technologies to track e-mail links that you select. We may associate personal information with the data in order to provide you more focused e-mail communications. Each e-mail communication includes an unsubscribe link allowing you to stop delivery of that type of communication.

If you prefer not to receive cookies while browsing the Site or via HTML-formatted e-mails, you can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies and refuse the cookie when your browser alerts you to its presence. You can also refuse all cookies by turning them off in your browser, although you may not be able to take full advantage of the site if you do so. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use/navigate through the Site, although access to and use of the Site might be limited at times.

Electronic Communication

Following your registration on the site, the Foundation may provide you with electronic communications that it or third-party service providers engaged by the Foundation publish from time to time. These communications describe the work of the Foundation and its grantees, the benefits that the work brings to the community at large, and other information of interest to the Foundation community.

The data, including the information entered by you on our Site, may be provided on a confidential basis to one or more third-party service providers that we engage to maintain contact databases and/or send messages on the Foundation’s behalf. However, third-party service providers are prohibited from renting, selling, leasing, circulating, or otherwise distributing this information for use other than the services they provide to the Foundation. The Data may also be aggregated with or linked to information already existing in the Foundation database.

Please note that the Foundation may allow third-party vendors to send you electronic communications on its behalf. Each third-party vendor has its own privacy policy and should you subscribe to that particular electronic communication, you will be subject to that third-party vendor’s privacy policy as well. Additionally, each electronic communication that is sent will indicate how you may unsubscribe if you so desire.

Consent to Transfer

This site is operated in the United States. If you are located outside the U.S., please be aware that any data you provide to us will be transferred to the United States, which may not provide the same level of protections as those in your own country. By using the site, you consent to this transfer, retention, and processing of your information in the United States.


The Foundation is the sole owner of the data collected on the site. The Foundation will not sell, rent, share, exchange, or otherwise disclose the data to others outside of the Foundation, except as described in this statement. The Foundation will attempt to collect and store the data in a manner to protect its confidentiality, recognizing that no transmission of data is entirely secure.

We may disclose or provide data pursuant to subpoenas, warrants, or other judicial or government orders, in the event an individual’s safety or security is at risk, or as otherwise required by law.


Our electronic communications provide users the opportunity to opt out of receiving future automated communications from us. If you wish to unsubscribe to a Foundation-related newsletter you receive from a third-party provider, please follow the third party provider’s instructions located in the publication to unsubscribe.


We may update this statement from time to time and encourage you to check back periodically and review the Foundation’s most updated statement.


If you have any questions regarding this Statement, please contact the Foundation at [email protected].

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