Privacy Policy

The Foundation For Exxcellence In Women's Health (the "Foundation" or "we" or "us" or "our") is committed to responsible personal information handling practices. You can visit most pages on the our Site without giving us any information about yourself, but sometimes we need information to provide information or services requested by you. This Privacy Policy explains data collection and use in those situations. By visiting the Site, you consent to the information practices described in this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy applies to and any sub-domains thereof, or other websites operated by or for the Foundation (the "Site"). This Privacy Policy does not apply to other sites that may be accessible through the Site. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of persons or entities that the Foundation does not control, manage or employ. The Site contain links to other sites that are operated by third parties, including, but not limited to, third party sites that may display the name, trademarks, service marks and logos of the Foundation. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of those other sites to learn how they collect and use information about you.

In order to fully understand your rights, we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms Of Use. The Foundation reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on the Site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.

Collection of Personal Information and Aggregate Information

While you are visiting the Site, the Foundation may collect two types of information about users: "Personal Information" (such as name, email address, mailing address, phone, credit card or debit card, personal preferences and other account-related information) and "Aggregate Information" (such as information about how many users log on to the Site on a daily basis).

Personal Information

Personal Information is collected online when you voluntarily submit non-public personal information on the Site by requesting information, signing up for an account or other Service, receiving electronic notices, newsletters or other similar communications and other similar activities.

The Foundation may request Personal Information, such as your user name or password, whenever you login to your account and may in limited circumstances ask you to provide credit card information and other personal information when making a donation online or requesting test data or other information. We reserve the right to request any additional information necessary to establish and maintain your account. Generally, our uses of Personal Information collected online include, without limitation, responding to your inquiries, enabling you to make a donation, generating Site reports for the Foundation's executive directors, or providing information, such as sending marketing communications and newsletters.

It is completely optional for you to participate in these Services. When you submit such Personal Information to the Site, you understand and agree that the Foundation and its agents may transfer, store and process your Personal Information in its files.

The Foundation will retain your Personal Information for fulfillment of the intended purposes for which such Personal Information is collected. The Foundation will establish minimum and maximum retention periods based upon the type of information collected (i.e., sensitivity), the intended purposes and as otherwise may be legally required.

Aggregate Information

Aggregate Information is non-personally identifiable/anonymous information about you, such as pages most frequently accessed by you, time spent on a page or area of the Site, the number of visits to the Site by you, types of browser used by you, cookie preferences or search terms entered by you. Aggregate Information is used in a collective manner, and no single person can be identified by that compiled information (for example, the number of people who logged into the Site in a particular day). Aggregate Information does not personally identify a specific user.

When you visit the Site, we automatically collect Aggregate Information about your visit. We can tell what type of computer, browser, and web service used by you. We also know the date, time, and pages visited by you. Collecting this information helps us design the Site to enhance your experience while on our Site. The Foundation also may use Aggregate Information for internal purposes, such as tracking demographic data and providing targeted content to make the Site more useful to our visitors. The gathering of this Aggregate Information may be accomplished by the use of cookies or web beacons by the Foundation and its third party service providers. In particular, the Foundation will collect an IP Address from all visitors to the Site. An IP Address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. The Foundation may share Aggregate Information with its donors, content providers, sponsors, service providers or other third parties to advance the goals of research, education, dissemination or information and otherwise in fulfillment of the Foundation's mission. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our Site, analyze trends, track users' movement on the Site, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the Site, and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses, however, are not linked to Personal Information. The Foundation also may use an unique assigned number located with the Site's URL to determine the web site from which you navigated to get to the Site. While this number may not be apparent to you, it does not contain your Personal Information.

Use of Cookies

When you visit the Site, we may use "cookies" to track your visit. A cookie is a small amount of data that is transferred to your browser by a web server and can only be read by the server that gave it to you. It functions as your identification card, recording your passwords and preferences.

Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, which gives you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it.

For some web pages that require an authorization, cookies are not optional. Users choosing not to accept cookies will probably not be able to access those pages. You need to be aware of the use of cookies and make a decision available to you on that basis.

The Site also may use other technologies to track the specific pages viewed by visitors on the Site or to target specific content that might be of interest to you. These technologies help us to understand how visitors use the Site. However, you will have the option to opt out (or opt in if applicable law requires) of receiving such targeted content on those pages of our Site where this technology is used.

Sharing Information

The Foundation may need to share Personal Information with third parties in limited circumstances. For example, we may release Personal Information to third parties to perform services such as advising you of our upcoming events, opportunities, fundraising and partner-related product opportunities benefiting the Foundation, OGBYN information or processing credit card payments or hosting the Site (and/or features available on or from the Site). However, such third parties are obligated to maintain the confidentiality of Personal Information and are not authorized to use Personal Information for any purpose other than providing those services.

From time to time, we may be required to provide Personal Information or Aggregate Information in response to a valid court order, subpoena, government investigation, or as otherwise required by law, or if we reasonably believe that you have committed unlawful acts or acts that may endanger the health or safety of another user or the general public. We also reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we, in good faith, believe to be unlawful. We may release certain Personal Information when we believe that such release is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property, and safety of others and ourselves.

We also reserve the right to share, assign or transfer your Personal information and/or any Aggregate Information to any successor in interest to our organization by merger, reorganization, or operation of law, or to the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG).


The Foundation will use your Personal Information to send you emails, newsletters and other communications related to the Foundation and its mission. Each communication should be formatted in such a way as to allow you to automatically "opt out" or unsubscribe from receiving any future emails from the Foundation. You also can opt out at any time by sending a request to the Foundation at

Your Account

The Foundation wants your account (including without limitation, your Personal Information and preferences) to be accurate and complete. To update or change your Personal Information, visit our user login page and log on to your own account. You can update your Personal Information after logging in to your account. You also can send your updated Personal Information by mail (or a written request for a hard-copy of your Personal Information in your account) to the Foundation.


The Foundation maintains commercially reasonable safeguards to ensure the security, integrity and privacy of the Personal Information provided by you. Such security safeguards are intended to be appropriate to the sensitivity of the Personal Information collected. To the extent the Foundation transfers any Personal Information to third-parties, the Foundation will use commercially reasonable efforts to assure that such third-parties to whom it may transfer any Personal Information have knowledge of this Privacy Policy and provide sufficient protection of such Personal Information. In particular, the Foundation requires that a secure session be established using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Secure Electronic Transaction (SET) protocol when you submit Personal Information to us through your use of the Site to establish an account, make a donation, input credit card or debit card information for payment, and access certain web pages on the Site.

The Foundation is committed to properly securing the Personal Information collected online. To help us accomplish this, we take the following steps, and we require our third party service providers to take the following steps:

  • We employ internal access controls to ensure that the only people who see your information are those with a need to do so to perform their official duties.
  • We train relevant personnel on our privacy and security measures.
  • We physically secure the areas where we hold hard copies of the information that we collect online.
  • We regularly back up the information that we collect online to insure against loss.
  • We use technical controls to secure the information that we collect online as appropriate, including but not limited to: Secure Socket Layer (SSL), encryption, firewalls, password protections.
  • We periodically test our security procedures to ensure personnel and technical compliance.

Please note that Personal Information stored on the Sites will be collected, stored and processed in the United States of America.


The Foundation does not knowingly solicit data from children or knowingly market to children. The Foundation is concerned about the safety of children and their use of the Internet. Therefore, in accordance with the U.S. Childrens' Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, it does not knowingly request or solicit personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without prior verifiable parental consent. In the event that the Foundation receives actual knowledge that it has collected such Personal Information without the requisite and verifiable parental consent, the Foundation will delete that information from the Site as quickly as is reasonably practical.

Posted 1.5.09