At Investing In Communities, we are dedicated to protecting the privacy of our users. We updated our Privacy Policy on October 24, 2017, to further clarify that our policy applies to all customers who choose their share their information with us – not just those who share personal information through the use of our site. We are committed to protecting the information you choose to share with us, and will never sell your information, nor display or share it in any way that isn’t outlined in our policy below.

About Investing In Communities
We at IIC aim to help generate funding for charities by empowering real estate consumers to choose the charity they wish to receive funding via real estate broker referral fees when they use IIC to select the broker that completes their transaction. We envision a future where every real estate transaction can benefit the charity organizations working to make the world a better place.

Privacy Principles
Transparency is one of our core values here at Investing In Communities. With that in mind, we have developed a privacy policy (this “Privacy Policy”) that details how we collect, protect, disclose, and use the information our users provide through their use of the website (, application programming interface (our “API”) other sites owned and operated by Investing In Communities, and through any direct giving apart from the sites above.Collection and Use of Your Information

Information we collect directly from you:
We ask for different personal information depending on how you interact with our website, and will only share it in the instances outlined below. We will never sell your information and take measures to protect it from misuse. We currently identify our users as either of the two categories:

Users over 18 years of age (according to our Terms of Use) who wish to benefit a particular charity by using IIC to find a real estate broker.

Organizations with 501(c)3 tax exempt statuswho have set up an account in order to eligible to be chosen by individuals to benefit from their real estate transactions.

Businesses that have set up an Listed below are the ways we use the information provided by each user type:

Individuals: Information you provide and how this information is used
Full name & email address Required. We use this information to correspond with you regarding broker referrals, which may include confirmation emails, receipts, acknowledgment messages, request for clarification, and follow up.
Location Information: When completing the broker referral request form, we ask about the location of the property being sold and/or the desired location of property being sought so that we may find brokers that are most familiar with that particular market area. We do not need street address information.

Charities: Information you provide How this information is used

Information you provideHow this information is used
Full name, email address, phone number,mailing address. Required. We use this information to correspond with you regarding your charity and to send checks.
Phone numberRequired. When we are not able to reach you by email, we will use your phone number to contact you if needed.
Charity nameRequired. This is the only way individuals can identify and select your organization to receive funding.
501(c)3 letterRequired. Only certified 501(c)3 organizations are eligible to receive funding from IIC.

Information that we automatically collect during your visit to our website
Our web server automatically recognizes and collects the domain name and IP address of visitors to our website, and we use cookies to track the pages you’ve visited on our website. This allows us to provide visitors to our website with certain conveniences, such as your favorite charity and eligible charities in your area (this is an anticipated feature we expect to develop in the future. . We also use cookies to track the path of users through our website, and to keep track of how they arrived at our website (for example, via a search engine). We also collect aggregate tracking information derived mainly from tallying page views throughout our website, and we use Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting to access third-party audience data such as age, gender and interests on an aggregate basis.

How we protect your information
Your privacy is important to us, and we use technical safeguards designed to preserve the security of your personal information and protect it from unauthorized use or disclosure. We understand, however that no system is perfect, and we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any or all of the personal Information you transmit through our website.

Investing In Communities employees, volunteers, interns and contractors (“agents”) must have a legitimate business reason (i.e., related directly to furthering our mission) to access personal information you provide.

How we share, publish and transfer your information
We do not sell, trade, or share your personal information to or with others without your explicit consent. We indicate in your account profile which portion of the information you provide will be made public, and offer options for you to control how much information is disclosed.

We have outlined the ways in which we may share your information below. In cases where we share your information with third parties (for example, an employer or website analytics service provider), our Privacy Policy does not govern the privacy practices of such third parties and we ask that you refer to their respective privacy policies for details on their use of your information.

When required by law: We may share your personal information, if deemed necessary, in our good faith judgment, to comply with laws or regulations of a governmental or regulatory body or in response to a valid subpoena, warrant or order or to protect the rights of our organization or others.
When your transaction results in funding for a charity, that charity will receive a check for the funds from IIC in addition to a letter that identifies you as the individual who chose that charity to receive the funds.

When required by law: We may share your personal information, if deemed necessary, in our good faith judgment, to comply with laws or regulations of a governmental or regulatory body or in response to a valid subpoena, warrant or order or to protect the rights of our organization or others.
Website visibility:We will display your organization name, logo, city, state, focus area, annual budget, amount raised through IIC, total # of IIC transactions, and most recent IIC transaction.We do not display or make public contact name, contact email, contact phone, mailing address, or EIN.

Verification of affiliation and eligibility:
If you indicate in your account profile that you are a part of any professional affiliations (for example, Teach for America, NEA or New York Teaching Fellow), we may share your full name, email address and phone number with the partner organization or another member of the organization in order to verify your affiliation. These partners are only authorized to use this information for the purpose of verification.
Similarly, we may share your full name, email address and project information with your school administrators or colleagues to confirm that you are eligible to use Investing In Communities or take part in certain funding opportunities.

Anonymized data sharing
We publish insights gained through user activity on our website (and welcome the public to do the same) in the reports available at data.Investing In Communities. However, we will never publicly disclose your personal information in these reports.

How You Can Access and Adjust Your Information
You may correct your account information at any time by logging into your online account. You have the right to request access to the personal information that we record about you. You also have the right to request corrections, amendments and deletions of any of your personal informations in our possession. To make these changes or cancel your account, please email us at privacy Updates to Our Privacy Policy
Investing In Communities may modify this Privacy Policy from time to time. When changes are made, Investing In Communities will indicate the modification change date in the “last updated” date at the top of the page. If we make any material changes to the policy, we will notify you in an email (sent to the email specified in your account profile) or in a notification on our website. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to be informed of how Investing In Communities is protecting your information. Your continued use of our website after a modification of our Privacy Policy indicates your consent to such modification.

How to contact Investing In Communities
We are always happy to hear from you with your questions or comments! For additional information, or if you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy or our privacy practices in general, please send your questions or comments to us at You can also send questions or comments to the address below.