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Privacy Policy

Niagara Health Foundation is dedicated to supporting excellence in health care by raising funds for patient care equipment for Niagara Health. We can successfully fundraise only with the support of our friends and community.

If you wish to limit or alter the number or timing of the mailings you receive, please contact us at 905-323-3863 to discuss your preferences. We value all of our supporters and are committed to working with each for their benefit and that of Niagara Health. We do not trade, rent or sell the names of our valued supporters.

If you wish to be removed from our fundraising list(s) at any time, please contact us at 905-323-3863 or email: Foundation@niagarahealth.on.ca

Guiding Principle


Niagara Health Foundation is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information of its constituents (employees, donors and other stakeholders). The Niagara Health Foundation has taken the necessary actions to ensure that information in any format (paper or electronic) is protected so that the relationship of trust between the constituent and the Niagara Health Foundation is upheld. Niagara Health Foundation recognizes, and adheres to, the Corporate Privacy Policy.

The Niagara Health Foundation Privacy Policy serves to outline the rules for the collection, use, disclosure, storage and retention of personal information.

The Policy is based on ten (10) internationally recognized privacy principles.

1. Accountability for Personal Information.
Types of personal information collected include, but is not limited to, name, telephone number, email address, home or business mailing address.

The Foundation uses a combination of physical, organizational and technical safeguards to ensure that personal information is not accessed, disclosed or shared more widely than is necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was gathered.

The Niagara Health Foundation has a Privacy Officer who is accountable for the Foundation's overall compliance with its Privacy Policy and acts as the primary contact person on information privacy and security matters. The Privacy Officer reports directly to the CEO of Niagara Health Foundation and can be reached at: Merritt Kalagian at 905-378-4647 x32395 or Merritt.Kalagian@niagarahealth.on.ca

The Privacy Officer conducts privacy audits and privacy training to ensure that practices conform to the Niagara Health Foundation's Privacy Policy. A Privacy Impact Assessment is required for the creation of new personal information systems and for significant changes to existing information systems at the Niagara Health Foundation to identify potential risks for privacy.

2. Identifying Purposes for the Collection of Personal Information.
At or before the time of collection of personal information, the Niagara Health Foundation will identify the purpose(s) for which personal information will be collected. This information is collected in compliance with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and other legislative and regulatory requirements and is used for gift processing, donor stewardship (gift receipting), and communicating with constituents (telephone, direct mail and email).

3. Obtaining Consent for the Collection, Use or Disclosure of Personal Information.
The knowledge and consent of a person is required for the direct collection, use or disclosure of personal information except where mandated by law. Consent, be it implied or expressed, will be obtained prior to the use of personal information for the purpose(s) identified. You may limit or opt-out of future contact by contacting the Privacy Officer at: Merritt Kalagian at 905-378-4647 x32395 or Merritt.Kalagian@niagarahealth.on.ca

4. Limiting Collection of Personal Information.
The Niagara Health Foundation will limit the collection of personal information to that which is necessary for the purposes identified. Information will be collected by fair and lawful means. The Niagara Health Foundation does not collect any personal health information, other than that which is volunteered directly by the constituent.

5. Limiting Use, Disclosure, and Retention of Personal Information.
Personal information will not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the person or as required by law. Personal information will be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes. The Foundation does not trade, rent or sell any personal information to third parties. The Foundation's web page contains online forms that allow visitors to make a donation. The personal and credit card information provided on these forms is used only to process these donations. Online donations to the Foundation are processed through a third party. The security and privacy policies of this third party are available by clicking on the “Security and Privacy Policy” icon on the online donation form.

6. Ensuring Accuracy of Personal Information.
The Foundation ensures personal information is accurate, complete and as up-to-date as necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used. To change or modify any personal information previously provided to the Niagara Health Foundation, write to the Privacy Officer at: Merritt Kalagian at 905-378-4647 x32395 or Merritt.Kalagian@niagarahealth.on.ca

7. Ensuring Safeguards for Personal Information.
Personal information is protected using a variety of security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. The Foundation uses a combination of physical (locked filing cabinets, restricted access to the Foundation’s offices), organizational (confidentiality agreements, limiting access on a “need to know” basis) and technical (passwords, secure donation websites, encryption and audits) safeguards to ensure the protection of your personal information against unauthorized access, disclosure, loss or theft.  

All Niagara Health Foundation employees and directors must sign a Confidentiality Agreement. In addition, all independent contractors or vendors, that have a working relationship with the Foundation's proprietary database, must sign a Confidentiality Agreement.

8. Openness Concerning Policies and Practices.
Niagara Health Foundation regularly reviews its practices, policies and procedures and updates them accordingly to ensure that the organization remains current with changing laws and evolving public expectations. Revisions to our privacy policy will be posted on our Foundation’s website.

A print version of the Niagara Health Foundation's Privacy Policy can be requested from the  Privacy Officer at: Merritt Kalagian at 905-378-4647 x32395 or Merritt.Kalagian@niagarahealth.on.ca

9. Access to Personal Information.
Upon request, a person will be informed of the existence, use, and disclosure of their personal information and shall be given access to that information. A person can challenge the accuracy and completeness of the information and have it amended as appropriate.

10. Challenging Compliance.
A challenge concerning compliance with the above principles should be made to the Privacy Officer at: Merritt Kalagian at 905-378-4647 x32395 or Merritt.Kalagian@niagarahealth.on.ca

Children and Data Collection
Our Website content is not directed toward children who are under the age of 16.  We do not knowingly collect personal information from children.  If we or our Service Providers become aware that a child has provided us with personal information without parental consent, that information will be deleted from our databases. If you have questions about personal information that may have been submitted by a child, please contact the Privacy Officer at: Merritt Kalagian at 905-378-4647 x32395 or Merritt.Kalagian@niagarahealth.on.ca.