Privacy Policy

SC Equality strongly believes in protecting the integrity and privacy of personal information gathered from all our donors and members regardless of source as well as visitors to our web sites (“End Users”). Since the protection of your privacy is of the greatest importance to us, we have created this privacy policy to communicate our practices regarding the collection and dissemination of personal information that can be linked to a specific individual, such as a name, address, phone number, email address, or any other information, provided to us by our members and web site visitors.

You do not have to share personally identifiable information to use the SC Equality web site. SC Equality does not collect personally identifiable information about people on our web site without their permission. However, please be aware that our web site links to a limited number of other web sites and SC Equality cannot control and is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of those web sites.

1. Our privacy policy explains the information practices we use at related to:

 How we collect and use the information gathered when you become a supporter of SC Equality
 How you receive emails and email newsletters from SC Equality
 How we share information
 Your California privacy rights
 How we protect your information
 How to unsubscribe from mailing lists
 How to contact us about privacy

2. How we collect and use the information gathered when you become a supporter of SC Equality:

We gather contact information when you contribute to SC Equality online or via mail, join at pride or another event, when you sign up to use the SC Equality Action Center, or when you otherwise provide personal information on our web site. We may also collect information from public sources, third party companies, or other organizations which we may combine with information from other sources. We use this information to contact you and send you updates, action alerts, press releases, information about SC Equality programs, events and activities, local volunteer opportunities and membership and renewal appeals.

Cookies: SC Equality may use “cookies” on some web pages. A cookie is a small piece of data stored in the memory of on an End User’s web browser but does not itself contain any personal information. Cookies enhance an End User’s experience by saving the End User from having to log in or provide information each time he or she revisits an SC Equality’s web page and by customizing content based on an End User’s interests. An End User can configure his or her browser to be alerted when a site is attempting to send a cookie and refuse the cookie. SC Equality may track End User activity and click-through behavior to provide an End User with a more personalized experience while visiting our web pages and for more personalized email alerts. SC Equality may also use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the web site, track End User movement and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

Geolocation data: If you choose to provide location data pursuant to a Location-Based Service feature on our website, we may collect and use location data as you provide, or as sent from your device, to provide and improve location-based products and services. For mobile applications, you can turn off this functionality at any time by disabling Location Services in the settings for the application on your device; however, some parts of the application may not work if Location Services are disabled.

SC Equality’s web site is not directed to children, and SC Equality does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information about individuals under the age of 18.

3. How you receive emails and email newsletters from SC Equality:

You will only receive email newsletters from us if you have a) expressly signed up to receive emails from SC Equality through the SC Equality web site, b) taken action on behalf of SC Equality either online or in person; c) signed up to receive SC Equality emails at prides, SC Equality action center and stores, public outreach or canvassing, and at many other hosted SC Equality events; or (d) become an SC Equality supporter. In order to provide you with better and more relevant information, we compile information about email response and website usage. This information helps us to better understand our members’ web site usage patterns and also what types of content and information may help improve your user experience on the SC Equality’s web site. All emails sent contain a link to unsubscribe or to modify your profile. You may subscribe or unsubscribe to any newsletter or email communication from SC Equality at any time.

4. How we share information:

SC Equality may occasionally share contact information gathered from subscribers with organizations or parties it considers to be supportive of its broader mission. SC Equality may also share information with trusted third-party vendors who contact you on behalf of SC Equality. SC Equality follows the Association of Fundraising Professional’s (AFP) Ethical Guidelines to the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice. Information is never sold to external entities for the purpose of profit.

Should you not wish your information to be shared with other organizations you may opt out at any time by contacting us at

We also may be required to release information if required to do so by law or if, in our sole discretion, such disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of our web site, SC Equality, our officers, directors, employees, members, other users, and/or the public.

5. Your California Privacy Rights

California Law California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits California residents to annually request, free of charge, information about personal information (if any) disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. If applicable, this information would include a list of the categories of personal information that was shared and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to:

Attn: Director of Operations
SC Equality
P.O. Box 544
Columbia, SC  29202

6. How we protect your information:

SC Equality is extremely protective of the information gathered through its membership and website. Our website has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of the information under our control.

When you contribute to SC Equality online, we use a secure server and encryption to protect your financial and other personal information during transmission.

7. How to unsubscribe from mailing lists:

All SC Equality communication, whether via email or US mail, provides information on how to unsubscribe quickly and easily. Those wishing to opt out of receiving all communications from SC Equality (“do not contact”), or from being included in list exchanges with like-minded organizations (“do not exchange”) or from receiving special offers for SC Equality’s supporters from third party companies (“do not offer”) can simply contact us at, or via US mail at P.O. Box 544, Columbia, SC  29202.

8. How to correct information you have provided:

You may correct and/or change any information regarding your support by contacting us at or by calling 803-256-6500.

9. How to contact us about privacy:

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, the information we have collected from you online, the practices of this site or your interaction with this web site, send email to:

You can also reach us via U.S. mail or telephone at:

SC Equality
P.O. Box 544
Columbia, SC  29202
Phone: 803-256-6500

Privacy Policy

Our Commitment To Privacy
Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.

The Information We Collect:
This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the SC Equality website. On some pages, you can make requests for information, make donations or participated in specific petitions. The types of personal information collected at these pages are:



Email address

Phone number

Credit/Debit Card Information


The Way We Use Information:
We use the information you provide about yourself when requesting information. We do not share this information with outside parties and maintain your information only in our database.

We use the information you provide about yourself when making a donation. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that donation. We do not share this information with outside parties and maintain your information only in our database.

We use the information you provide about yourself when participating in a petition. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to meet the needs of the petition involved. We do not share this information with outside parties and maintain your information only in our database.

We use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website and to share with advertisers. For example, we may tell an advertiser that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, or that Y number of men and Z number of women filled out our registration form, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

Our Commitment To Data Security
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Our Commitment To Children’s Privacy:
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information
You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by emailing We use this procedure to better safeguard your information.

You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us a request that credibly shows error.

To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

How To Contact Us
Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please call us at 803-256-6500 or send us an email at