As a United Way of South Mississippi donor or community agency, you have entrusted to our care not only your charitable gifts but personal information as well. We thank you for your trust and promise to protect both your charitable investment and your personal information in keeping with the highest ethical standards and industry practices.

United Way of South Mississippi’s donors and community partners have been able to count on this promise with confidence since 1964. Our promise means that we do not sell or trade donor information to anyone. We use the personal information that you or your employer have provided to us only for the intended business purpose – to manage your charitable gift in keeping with donor intention.

Within United Way of South Mississippi, we maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards in keeping with industry standards and practices, and we review and adjust these safeguards regularly in response to advances in technology. We limit access to confidential information to those employees who need it to perform their jobs, and hold those employees to a strict code of ethics.

Our contracts with third-party service providers that help us with administration, data storage, printing, and other services have strict confidentiality and security provisions that hold them to United Way of South Mississippi’s privacy standards. United Way of South Mississippi allows access to your information to auditors and other third parties only as mandated by regulatory requirements.

The only other outside party privy to your information, limited to name, address and gift amount, is the ultimate recipient of any funds contributed by you via the donor designation program in order to allow the recipient agency to thank you for your gift. For donors who work outside of United Way of South Mississippi’s geographic service area but whose employer relies upon us to help support their campaign, we may also share your pledge information with the “sister United Way” serving that area.

United Way of South Mississippi’s Privacy Policy extends online. Online donations are transmitted to a secured server using encryption technology. If you choose to send United Way of South Mississippi an e-mail, United Way of South Mississippi may retain the contents of your e-mail message, the reply, and your e-mail address as part of ongoing customer service efforts. United Way of South Mississippi reserves the right to contact you after you have contacted us and may send future e-mail and surveys to you about United Way of South Mississippi. You may notify United Way of South Mississippi via e-mail if you wish to discontinue electronic communication.


We collect or track the following information from our website and e-mails: (1) e-mail address (if we receive an e-mail communication); (2) information knowingly provided by visitors in on- line forms, registration forms and surveys; and (3) aggregate/user-specific information on which web pages visitors access. “Personally identifiable information” is information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. It includes, for example, a person’s name, street address, e-mail address, fax number, or telephone number. We will not collect any personally identifiable information about you through our website, unless you voluntarily use our site to make a donation or pledge, send us an e-mail message, participate in a survey, or fill out and send an on-line form.


If your employer has elected to host an ePledge campaign, a web-based campaign management tool presented in partnership between your organization and United Way of South Mississippi, you will be asked to complete an on-line pledge form. Our pledge form could contain your name, address, zip code, e-mail address, pledge amount, pledge type and, if applicable, information directing your pledge to be used in a targeted service area or paid to a specified agency. If you participate in an employer sponsored ePledge campaign, we will also provide the information we collect to your employer.


The information we collect is used for billing purposes, to complete your donation and for future communications. Unless you instruct us not to, we will provide the agency you have designated to receive your contribution (if applicable) with your name, address, and the amount pledged so they may acknowledge your gift and communicate with you directly. We may also provide the designated agency with your e-mail address.

Your e-mail address may also be used to send you information related to your giving or volunteer activities or to give you information relative to your specified interests or agencies. You will always have the option to unsubscribe to future e-mails.


We may share the information we collect with other charitable organizations only as described above. We may also provide information to your employer as described above or other entities that need access to such information in connection with processing your contribution (such as credit card processing companies or other service providers). We also reserve the right to release information as required by any governmental or law enforcement agency or under a court order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.


We have established and maintain security standards and procedures to protect our users’ information. When you submit personally identifiable information via the website, your information is protected both on-line and off-line. We have installed a number of measures to protect the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information.

  • For donors who pledge on-line or via text, upon request, we will send an e-mail or text confirmation of their pledge. Due to the nature of the internet and our lack of control over your email host, we cannot guarantee the security of this e-mail correspondence.
  • We permit staff members and certain volunteers to access information you have provided to process your pledge and to perform certain administrative and business functions. United Way staff and volunteers who have access to such information are required to sign a confidentiality agreement that prohibits them from disclosing your information to third parties (except as described above) during and after their employment or volunteer work with United Way of South Mississippi. If you have any questions or concerns about the security of information sent over the internet through our website, please direct them to:


In an effort to fully protect our donors’ information, we ask that all donors follow the recommended security guidelines for protecting donor information for themselves and their employees.

  • We ask that any breach of private information be reported to United Way of South Mississippi within in 24 hours by emailing
  • ePledge usernames and passwords should not be shared with any other persons.
  • A donor’s pledge information is considered to be private information and should bedisclosed without prior consent of the donor/employee.
  • We ask that any donor or confidential information be provided to us via a secure or encrypted method.


We generally retain Personal Information for so long as it may be relevant for the purposes identified in this Privacy Policy, unless a longer period of time is required by law.


United Way of South Mississippi reserves the right at any time to modify, alter, or update this Privacy Policy. Your use of the Site following any changes means that you agree to follow and be bound by the Privacy Policy as changed, subject to limitations under applicable law. Any change to this Privacy Policy shall be effective for any user who has visited the Site before the change was made. Please review this policy periodically, especially before you provide any Personal Information to us. The Privacy Policy was last updated on 05/23/2022.

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