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Privacy Policy

Last updated: October 12, 2015

This website is a joint presentation of Good Ventures and GiveWell, who work together on Open Philanthropy. Its purpose is to share information about our philanthropic work (“the Service”). Good Ventures and GiveWell are committed to protecting your privacy.

How We Collect and Use Information

While we do not require registration to view our website or access information, we may collect certain personal information in three main forms: information that we collect from our web server logs, information provided through the use of cookies, and information that you voluntarily provide to us.

Analytics information

We may directly collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools and services such as Google Analytics, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the Service. These tools collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit and other information that assists us in improving the Service. We collect and use analytics information such that it cannot reasonably be manipulated to identify any particular individual user.

Web Server Log Information

We may collect information from our web server logs. Such information could include:

  • Your Internet protocol address

  • The kind of browser or computer you use
  • The number of links you click within the site
  • The state or country from which you accessed the site
  • The date and time of your visit
  • The name of your Internet service provider
  • The web page through which you linked to our site
  • The pages of our site that you viewed

Cookies Information

Additionally, we may use cookies to personalize or enhance your user experience. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. For example, if you personalize a web page, or navigate within a site, a cookie helps the site to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of delivering relevant content and eases site navigation by saving your preferences and login information as well as providing personalized functionality.

A session cookie is temporary and disappears after you close your browser. You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Good Ventures and GiveWell reserve the right to share the site’s aggregated analytics data with partner organizations, but we do not allow other organizations to place cookies on our website. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies. If you reject cookies by changing your browser settings, this may disable some of the functionality on our website.

Personal Information Provided by You

We may occasionally ask for your feedback via surveys or other communications to better understand your interests and needs. We might also request information through online forms for subscribing to our email updates and other purposes. We use a third-party provider, MailChimp, to collect email address and distribute our email updates. Additionally, we may ask you to disclose personal information to us so that we can provide assistance and information to you. For example, such data may be warranted in order to provide online technical support and troubleshooting. We will not disclose personally identifiable information we collect from you to third parties without your permission except to the extent necessary including:

  • To fulfill your requests for services from us
  • To protect ourselves from liability
  • To respond to the legal process or comply with the law
  • In connection with a merger, acquisition, or liquidation of the organization

Compromise of Information

In the event that any information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, Good Ventures and GiveWell will take reasonable steps to investigate the situation and where appropriate, notify those individuals whose information may have been compromised and take other steps, in accordance with any applicable laws and regulations. For more information on California privacy enforcement and protection laws, visit

Marketing Communications

If at any time you wish to stop receiving our electronic newsletters or other communications, or to be removed from our email list, you may unsubscribe from that list as explained in each email message.

Third Party Sites

Throughout our website(s), we offer links to third party sites. Since we do not control those websites, we do not control what information they collect, or what they do with such information. As such, we encourage you to review their privacy policies as well. Please note that separate privacy policies for Good Ventures and GiveWell can be found at our respective websites at and

Changes to this Policy

We may periodically update this privacy policy. When we do, we will revise the “updated” date at the top of this page. We encourage you to periodically review this privacy policy to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. Your continued use of the Service constitutes your agreement to this privacy policy and any updates.

Questions and Comments

We welcome comments and questions on this policy. To share feedback or request information, please contact us.