Church World Service has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our website.  The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the website located at

In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy.  CWS reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our site.  Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.

Because we want to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, this Privacy Policy notifies you of:

  1. What personally identifiable information of yours is collected through the site;
  2. Who collects such information;
  3. How such information is used;
  4. With whom your information may be shared;
  5. What choices you have regarding collection, use and distribution of your information;
  6. What kind of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control;
  7. and, how you can correct any inaccuracies in your information.

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to Church World Service by sending an email to .  Please reference this privacy policy in your subject line.

What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information
Our registration forms may require or request users to give us information that may include name, email address, address, phone numbers, format preference (HTML vs. text), interests, or similar information.  We do not store credit card numbers on any electronic database.  We do not request sensitive information, such as social security numbers, from our visitors.

Our policy is to protect the privacy of our supporters by not renting or selling any personal information: We do not share, rent, or sell email addresses or phone numbers.  Church World Service occasionally shares its address lists with other like-minded nonprofit organizations.  If you do not want us to share this information you may call us at any time at 1-800-297-1516, or e-mail us at .

Internet Protocol Address
We collect an IP address from all visitors to our site.  An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet.  We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our site, analyze trends, track users’ movement, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the site, and deliver customized, personalized content.  IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Use of “Cookies”
Our site may use cookies to enhance your experience while using our site.  Cookies are pieces of information that some websites transfer to the computer that is browsing that site and are used for record-keeping purposes.  Use of cookies makes surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords, your personal preferences regarding your use of the particular site, and ensuring you don’t see the same ad repeatedly.  Many consider the use of cookies to be an industry standard.

Your browser is likely set to accept cookies.  However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies.  If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our site will not function properly when you view them.

Sensitive information provided to Church World Service is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption.  SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us.  We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of Church World Service.  Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure.  While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.

Other websites
Our site contains links to other websites.  Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another site for which Church World Service has no responsibility.  We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.

Contacting us about the website
If you have any questions about this privacy policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, you can contact:

Church World Service
P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515

You can also send an email to: