Privacy Policy

The Berrien Community Foundation has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate its firm commitment to the privacy of Berrien Community Foundation donors and website users. The following paragraphs describe the Berrien Community Foundation’s information gathering and dissemination practices. The privacy statement may change at any time; any changes will be posted on this page. Should you have additional questions, comments or concerns please contact:

Lisa Cripps-Downey, President
Berrien Community Foundation
2900 S. State St., Ste. 2E
St. Joseph, MI 49085

The following topics describe how the Berrien Community Foundation uses information voluntarily submitted by its donors and other visitors to this site,

Your e-mail address will only be used within the Berrien Community Foundation. The Berrien Community Foundation does not share, sell or rent e-mail addresses to anyone outside the organization. If you do not wish to receive e-mail correspondence, please e-mail your request to or call the Berrien Community Foundation at 269-983-3304.

A unique number called an IP address identifies every computer on the Internet. Each time you connect to the Internet your machine is assigned an IP address. An IP address is a number that identifies each sender or receiver of information that is sent in packets across the Internet. The Berrien Community Foundation uses your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer the Berrien Community Foundation website.

"Cookies" are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in the future. The Berrien Community Foundation uses cookies to maintain user session identity, and, in some non-member areas, to store your username and password locally for ease of access.

The Berrien Community Foundation may also collect certain demographic information about visitors to through the use of cookies. The Berrien Community Foundation only uses this data to improve the overall website and for internal business purposes.

The Berrien Community Foundation’s website registration forms require users to give us contact information (such as name and e-mail address), method of payment, and demographic information. The Berrien Community Foundation may use customer contact information from the registration forms to send the user information about the Berrien Community Foundation. The customer's contact information is also used to contact the visitor when necessary. Information regarding method of payment is collected for member enrollment, registration and to process orders for products and services.

EXTERNAL LINKS contains links to other external websites that do not fall under the domain. is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such external websites. If you choose to follow such links to external websites, you do so at your own risk.

E-COMMERCE FOR CONFERENCE REGISTRATION/PUBLICATIONS SALES/FOUNDATION NEWS & COMMENTARY SUBSCRIPTIONS uses an order form for customers to request information, products and services. The Berrien Community Foundation collects visitor's contact information (such as e-mail address) and method of payment. Contact information from the order form is used to process orders and to send information about the Berrien Community Foundation. User payment information that is collected is used to check the users' qualifications and bill the user for products and services. This information is transmitted via a secure e-mail.

SURVEYS online surveys ask respondents for contact information (such as e-mail address) and demographic information (such as zip code and age). The Berrien Community Foundation also may use contact data from its surveys to send information about the Berrien Community Foundation.

This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under the Berrien Community Foundation’s control.