Privacy Policy

At Oral Health America we value your support and we are committed to protecting your privacy, and maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and security of the personal information that is entrusted to us.

Our web site is a safe environment for anyone who visits or makes a donation.  The purpose of this statement is to share with you our policy concerning your privacy. You can visit most pages on our site without giving us any information about yourself, but sometimes we need information to provide services that you request. This privacy statement explains data collection and use in those situations. By visiting our Web site, you consent to the information practices described in this policy.

This Privacy Policy applies to the following Web sites: oralhealthamerica.org and nstep.org. This policy does not apply to other Web sites that may be accessible through the above sites. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of those other sites to learn how they collect and use information about you.

To assist you with reading through our Privacy Policy, we have provided answers to questions that you may find most important:

What information does Oral Health America COLLECT and how is the information USED?

Information You Provide to Us

We may obtain personally identifiable information about you ONLY if you elect to give us that information. Types of personally identifiable information we ask you to provide may include the following:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Zip code
  • Telephone number
  • Occupation
  • E-mail address
  • Credit card number and expiration date (for online purchases or donations)
  • Name of organization (where applicable)
  • General information about your knowledge of oral health issues and your own health to the extent that it is needed to inform our programs and communications

Information Collected Automatically
When you visit our Web site, we automatically collect information about your visit that does not identify you personally. We can tell the type of computer, browser, and Web service you are using. We also know the date, time, and pages you visit. Collecting this information helps us design the site to suit your needs.  Oral Health America may also use personally identifiable information for internal purposes, such as tracking demographic data to make this Web site more useful to our visitors.


Do Oral Health America Web sites use COOKIES, OTHER TECHNOLOGIES or THIRD PARTIES to INDIRECTLY collect information?

Cookies and other Technologies

A cookie is a small data file that a Web site may send to your browser and which may then be stored on your hard drive. Our Web sites use cookies to simulate a continuous connection —cookies let us “remember” information about your preferences and session, and allow you to move within areas of our Web sites without reintroducing yourself. No personally identifiable information is stored in these cookies.

Our Web site may also use other technologies to track which pages on our Web sites our visitors view. This non-identifiable click-stream data helps us understand how visitors use our Web site.


Does Oral Health America SHARE the information I’ve provided?

Oral Health America may need to share personal information with third parties in limited circumstances. For example, we may release personal information to our third party vendors to process credit card payments, or perform services on our behalf such as: advising you of our upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and oral health information.

However, Oral Health America will not trade or sell a donor’s personal information to any other entity in existence without the written permission of the donor.

Your phone number is used only to contact you if we need to verify order information and to thank you for your contribution.  We do not use your phone number for telephone solicitation.  We do not share your information with telemarketing centers. We do not use telephone marketing to solicit funds.

From time to time, we may be required to provide personal information in response to a valid court order, subpoena, government investigation, or as otherwise required by law. We also reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we, in good faith, believe to be unlawful. We may release certain personal information when we believe that such release is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property, and safety of others and ourselves.


How can I UPDATE or CHANGE my information?

Oral Health America wants your information and preferences to be accurate and complete. To update or change your information, send your updated information to brad.mclaughlin@oralhealthamerica.org or to:

Oral Health America
180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60601
Attn: Brad McLaughlin


How does Oral Health America SECURE my personal information?

We are committed to properly securing the information we collect online. To help us accomplish this, we take the following steps:

  • We employ internal access controls to ensure that the only people who see your information are those with a need to do so to perform their official duties;
  • We train relevant personnel on our privacy and security measures;
  • We physically secure the areas where we hold hard copies of the information we collect online;
  • We regularly back up the information we collect online to insure against loss;
  • We use technical controls to secure the information we collect online as appropriate, including but not limited to: Secure Socket Layer (SSL), encryption, firewalls, password protections;
  • We periodically test our security procedures to ensure personnel and technical compliance.

Additionally, Oral Health America utilizes digital certificates issued by VeriSign, an established signer of digital certificates.


Does Oral Health America collect information from CHILDREN?

Our Web site does not intentionally collect information from children under the age of 18. If we discover that we have inadvertently collected information from a person under the age of 18, we will automatically delete it.


Whom can I CONTACT if I have questions or concerns?

If you have questions about our Privacy Policy, e-mail brad.mclaughlin@oralhealthamerica.org.


Will this Privacy Policy CHANGE?

Because our Web sites and businesses will continue to implement new technologies and improve the services and features we provide, this policy is subject to change. If there are changes or additions to this Privacy Policy, we will post those changes here or in other formats we deem acceptable, so that you will always know what information we collect online, how we use it and what choices you have.


For More Information

If you have any questions about the Privacy Policy, please contact us at:

Oral Health America
180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel. (312) 836-9900
Fax (312) 836-9986

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