Terms of Use

The United Methodist Microfinance Connection website at UMCMicrofinance.org is the website of the United Methodist Mission Collaborative, Inc.

Information security practices

We and our website hosting providers employ a variety of security measures in our data centers and hosting facilities to protect against the unauthorized access, theft, loss, misuse, or alteration of information we collect from you.

Our website uses SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption to protect your information as it transits the Internet to reach our servers. SSL is the standard method for encrypting data for websites that pass confidential user information such as credit card numbers. A website address using an SSL connection starts with https instead of http. Most browsers display a lock icon when SSL is in use.


Cookies are small files that our sites store on your computer through your web browser (if you allow it) that enable our systems to recognize your browser and remember certain information.

We use cookies to:
* Understand and save your preferences for future visits to our site.
* Help remember and process donations or items for purchase.
* Compile aggregate data about site usage in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies through your browser. If you disable cookies, some of our features may not function properly.

IP address tracking

When you connect to our site, our servers recognize the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the computer providing you with Internet access. The IP address is used to gather location information of site visitors and can help us diagnose problems with our servers or otherwise administer our site.

Personal information collection

We collect information from you when you create an account, make a donation, sign up for a newsletter, respond to a survey, or any time you enter information into our site. Users can visit the site anonymously, with the understanding that our servers do collect IP address information.

In order to complete the purposes of your visit to our site, you might be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, credit card information or other details.

We may use the information we collect from you in the following ways:

* To complete the purposes of your visit.
* To personalize your experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content in which you are most interested.
* To improve our website in order to better serve you.
* To send emails regarding your account, donation, registration, etc.
* To send periodic email newsletters you requested.
* To follow up with you after correspondence with us.

Third-party disclosure

Any information we collect is for use by the United Methodist Microfinance Connection and to advance its mission. We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personal information. This does not include website hosting providers and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when such release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property, or safety.

Access to your information

Upon request we will provide you with access to all information that we have collected about you. Visitors may obtain and correct this information by sending a request to us at support@umcmicrofinance.org.

Children’s online privacy

Legal guardians control the personal information of their children under 13. The United Methodist Microfinance Connection does not knowingly or intentionally solicit personal information from persons under the age of 13, and does not knowingly market to them. However, legal guardians may choose to provide us information about their children under 13 for various purposes such as creating an account. We do not share any such information with any third parties other than to facilitate the purpose for which the information was provided. If you believe that we have improperly collected personal information from a child under the age of 13, please contact us at support@umcmicrofinance.org so that we may take action to remove such information.

We are pleased when young people (under legal age) visit the United Methodist Microfinance Connection website to learn more about the organization and to donate. Persons under the age of 13 should obtain parental consent before making a donation.

Email and communications

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails or communications, you can contact us at support@umcmicrofinance.org and we will remove your email address from our list.

Third-party links

Sometimes we include links to third-party websites on our website. Third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies; we have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of sites we link to.

Privacy policy changes

We may change this policy from time to time. If we do, we will post the new policy on this page.

Any questions about our website, inquiries about copyrighted material, or concerns about this policy should be directed to The United Methodist Microfinance Connection at support@umcmicrofinance.org.