Donor Privacy Policy

Our Commitment to You

The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation is committed to protecting the privacy of its website visitors. The AAFP Foundation maintains safeguards to store and secure information it has about members, donors and website visitors. The safeguards may be physical, electronic or procedural. The information below describes how the AAFP Foundation collects data from this website, and how the AAFP Foundation uses this information. We reserve the right to make changes to our site, policies, and conditions of use at any time. By visiting, you accept these conditions.

We will not sell, share or trade our donors' names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations.

This policy applies to all information received by the AAFP Foundation, both online and offline, on any Platform ("Platform", includes the AAFP Foundation website and mobile applications), as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications.

To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.

For privacy questions or concerns about one of the AAFP Foundation Web site, please contact

Privacy FAQs

What information does the AAFP Foundation collect?

It is the AAFP Foundation's general policy to collect only personal information that the visitor knowingly chooses to provide. The following information is collected from all visitors to this website and is recorded in a log file:

  • Time and date of the visit
  • The Internet address of the computer
  • The browser and operating system used
  • The page that is viewed
  • The previous page that was visited

The AAFP Foundation does not collect any personal identifying information from users other than those data items mentioned above. Users of this site browse anonymously. The AAFP Foundation does not review the use of this site by individual users unless this information will assist staff in troubleshooting individual problems. The AAFP Foundation will also review this information if a user's account is associated with:

  • Attempts to violate security of AAFP Foundation computer networks
  • Activity that degrades the performance of this site
  • Activity that might be related to copyright violations

How is your credit card information used?

The AAFP Foundation does not disclose credit card account information or activity provided by its users. When users choose to pay using their credit cards, the AAFP Foundation submits this information encrypted to obtain payment from the appropriate clearing house. If credit card numbers are stored in AAFP Foundation databases, they are encrypted.

How does the AAFP Foundation use data collected?

The AAFP Foundation uses the data it collects to better serve users of this site. The AAFP Foundation uses information submitted on this website in the following ways:

AAFP Foundation services: The AAFP Foundation uses data collected to improve its Web content, to respond to visitor needs and preferences, and to develop new services. The AAFP Foundation will not sell/share/trade donor’s personal information to third parties unless required by law or emergency circumstances (see below).

Disclosure required by law or emergency circumstances: The AAFP Foundation may release personal information to third parties in order to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, or court order. In the event that the AAFP Foundation is legally required to disclose your personal information to a third party, the AAFP Foundation will notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order.

What are the Foundation's external relationships?

The AAFP Foundation has agreements with other organizations that offer products and services through this site or affiliate agreements. When the user interacts with these organizations, different rules and privacy policies may apply. The AAFP Foundation does not control the collection or use of information provided under these circumstances.

How does the AAFP Foundation use cookies?

Cookies are a technology used by the AAFP Foundation to identify a user as the user moves through this site. The user's browser allows the AAFP Foundation to place some information on the user's hard drive that identifies the computer utilized. The AAFP Foundation may use session cookies, which are temporary files stored in memory on the user's computer drive whenever a website is accessed that are terminated by closing the browser. A persistent cookie is a file stored on the user's hard drive that may be deleted manually by the user or expired by the web server.

The AAFP Foundation may use session cookies on some areas of its websites in order to provide greater functionality. The information generated from these cookies is used to help determine which services are most important and guide editorial decisions.

The user who may not desire the functionality offered by the cookie has the option to disable the cookie either by indicating when asked that they do not wish to have the cookie created or by disabling the cookie function in their browser.

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