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Donor and Web Visitor Privacy Policy

You right to privacy is very important to us. We recognize that providing us with personal information is an act of trust. Therefore, we have created a privacy policy to protect your personal information. This policy covers all subscriber and donor contact information maintained by Rare, as well as websites owned or operated by Rare. We encourage you to take the time to read this privacy policy. Questions regarding this statement should be directed to Rare by sending e-mail to info@rare.org. Please reference this privacy policy in your subject line. 

Personal Information Collected via the Web, Direct Response Envelopes, and Any Other Manner

In most cases, when making a donation to Rare via the mail, you provide contact information such as name, address, telephone number or email address. It is the strict policy of Rare to never publish, share or sell this information to any other organization. When you visit our web sites and access information, you remain anonymous. At present, we do not require you to register or provide personal information to us to view our web site. However, on those occasions when we will ask for additional information, such as when you sign up to receive the Rare e-newsletter or make an online donation, the information will not be shared under any circumstances.

What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information

Our donation and registration forms ask users to provide contact information that may include name, email address, physical address, interests, and similar information. Typically only minimal and necessary information is required (name and email address, for instance, in the case of the Rare e-newsletter). All other information offered is optional. We do this to better understand and respond to your needs, and provide you with information that may be valuable to you. We will never pass the information you provide to Rare on to any other organization.

Internet Protocol Address

An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We collect an IP address from visitors to our web site. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our web site, analyze usage trends, track users' interactions with the web site, and gather broad demographic information

Links to Third-Party Web Sites

We provide links to third party web sites existing outside of Rare. Since we do not control the content or functionality of these web sites, we encourage you to review the privacy policies posted on these third-party web sites. Any link from http://www.rare.org to a third-party web site does not denote an affiliation with the web site or an endorsement of its viewpoint(s) or mission(s).

Unsubscribing from the Rare e-newsletter 

If at any time you wish to stop receiving our e-newsletter, please click on the "unsubscribe" link found in the bottom the email. Rare never shares your email address with any other organizations.


All sensitive information (such as your credit card information) provided to Rare is transmitted using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. Please note: Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can ever be 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information to the fullest extent, we cannot ensure or completely guarantee the security of such information.

Your Credit Card Information

When you enter your credit card information into a donation form on http://www.rare.org, it is encrypted and transmitted securely to our third party donation system, Flipcause, for the purposes of the transaction. Rare does not store your credit card information.
If you are uncomfortable submitting your credit card information online, you can also contribute to Rare by printing out the online form and mailing it to:
Attn: Donations
1310 North Courthouse Road
Suite 110
Arlington, VA 22201
You can also call our offices between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., EST at (703) 522-5070.


Rare complies fully with the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM Act). To this end, Rare:
  • Always offers recipients of e-mail marketing and e-newsletters a clear means of opting-out from the receipt of future messages
  • Always includes a link to Rare's physical address within the body of all email messages
  • Never uses false or misleading header information in any email message
  • Never attempts to deceive email recipients by using deceptive subject lines
  • Never uses automated means to harvest email addresses from web sites or web services
  • Never generates email addresses using programmatic methods
  • Never shares email addresses with any other organizations


Rare welcomes comments and questions on this policy. We are dedicated to protecting your personal information, and will make every reasonable effort to keep that information secure.
If you have any questions, please contact us at info@rare.org or call our offices between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST at (703) 522-5070.
You can help Rare maintain the accuracy of your information by notifying us of any changes to your address, title, phone number or email address. To update your information, contact us online, or write us at:
Attn: Member Services
1310 North Courthouse Road
Suite 110
Arlington, VA 22201
Any information that you provide to us via the web, email, fax, or mail is covered by this policy.

Privacy Policy Updates

Rare may occasionally update this policy so that it evolves with the rapidly changing technologies employed on the Internet. All revisions will be posted to this web site and any revised Privacy Policy will apply only to data collected subsequent to its effective date.
Last revised: January 12, 2016