Privacy Policy

Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU) is committed to the privacy of those individuals who visit and interact with (Website). By visiting our Website, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Website.

The practices described in this Privacy Policy apply only to information gathered online at our Website and other websites owned or managed by BVU, including BVU’s Volunteer Center at BVU is the sole owner of the information collected on the Website. We do not share your personal information with other companies, organizations, or individuals. The Privacy Policy does not apply to information that you may submit to us offline or to websites maintained by other companies or organizations to which we may link.

This Privacy Policy is meant to help you understand what information we collect, why we collect it, and how you can update, retrieve, and request removal of your information.


You may visit BVU’s Website without submitting data that identifies you personally. However, we will sometimes ask you to provide personal data for certain interactions, such as signing up for a newsletter or event. This data varies depending on the interaction, but may include name, address, email address, company/organization, job title, BVU members status and other similar information (“Personal Information”). We do not request sensitive information such as social security numbers. If you make a donation online, we do ask for your credit card number – but we do not store card numbers.


We will collect Personal Information through specific actions and circumstances. By choosing to participate in these specific actions and circumstances, you consent to our collection and use of your Personal Information when you:

  • register for an account on a BVU website
  • sign up to receive email newsletters from us
  • complete an advocacy activity or survey online
  • submit a donation online
  • register for or participate in our programs, volunteer activities, initiatives, and events
  • request information or assistance
  • submit an invoice to BVU or request payment for goods or services provided
  • participate with social media and peer to peer accounts involving BVU
  • participate in online communities
  • verify of your account information
  • communicate with us through the website
  • provide user-generated content on any part of the website that permits it, such as comments
  • knowingly volunteer personal information


BVU uses “cookies,” which are small text files that are stored on your computer or equipment when you visit certain online pages that record your preferences. We use cookies to track use of our Website and online services. We may also use cookies to monitor traffic, improve the Websites, and make it easier and/or relevant for your use. This Website is functional without the retention of cookies. You have the ability within your internet browser to accept or decline cookies.


In addition, when you interact with the Website, our servers may keep an activity log that does not identify you individually (“Non-Personal Information”). Generally, we collect the following categories of Non-Personal Information:

  • Demographic data: such as age, gender, and five-digit zip code as part of collecting personal information
  • Device information about your computer, mobile device, or other device that you use to access the Website. This information may include IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language, and other transactional information
  • Automatic recording of information about your use of the Website. This information includes a reading history of the pages you view, time of access, date of access, software crash reports, session identification number, access times, and referring website addresses, search terms, search results
  • Social media profiles – when you interact with any BVU page or account on a social media platform, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, Medium, Exposure or Pinterest, we may also collect the personal information that you make publicly available to us on that page or through that account, including your account ID or “handle.” Please be advised that each social media platform may collect specific data not listed here, and BVU has no control over how these third-party platforms collect or use your personal information when you use them. Please refer to that platform’s privacy policy for additional guidance.


We use the information we learn from you to help us personalize and continually improve your experience on the Website. With your consent we may use your Personal and Non-Personal Information in the following ways:

  • General Uses
  • Editorial purposes
  • Responses to inquiries
  • Communications about account, transactions, features, event registration, policy changes, activities, etc via email or other mediums.
  • Employment application processes
  • Processing of agreements or payments
  • Research and development
  • Detection, investigation, and prevention of activities that may violate our policies or be illegal
  • Advocacy to decision makers on specific issues
  • Statistical, demographic and marketing analyses of usage patterns


BVU intends to protect the quality and integrity of your personally identifiable information. We have implemented appropriate physical, technical, and organizational measures, including industry-standard encryption for transmission of credit card information, to help keep your information secure, accurate, current and complete. If you have any concerns about the security and confidentiality of your Personal Information, please contact BVU.


If BVU decides to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this page page.  Your continued use of our Website following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy will mean you accept those changes. Our most up-to-date privacy policy will always be available here.

Questions and comments should be directed to a BVU staff member.