Privacy Policy & Donor Bill of Rights

Cornea Research Foundation of America (’‘CRFA’‘) is committed to the privacy and confidentiality of personal information. CRFA recognizes that the security of your personal information is of great concern to you. Our commitment to your privacy is reinforced by our adherence to the following website privacy policy.

Under NO circumstance will CRFA voluntarily disclose your personal or credit card information to any other party without your specific consent or as required by law.


The following paragraphs disclose CRFA’s information gathering and dissemination practices for this Web site.

Information collected on the Site comes in two forms:

  • Anonymous Information.  CRFA collects limited non-personally identifying information made available by your browser whenever you visit a website. Such non-personally identifying information includes your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, your browser type, the time of your visit, the length of your visit, and the pages accessed during your visit. This non-personally identifying information is used to help us operate and improve the Site.
  • Personally Identifiable Information. Some areas on the Site allow you to contact CRFA to request product or other information or to make a monetary donation. In these areas on the Site, we ask you to provide us with certain personal information such as email address, street address, telephone, and credit card number, expiration date.

In order to provide you with accurate, useful and customized information, CRFA asks for the minimally necessary data which may include your name, address, telephone and email; and including your credit card information in order to complete your donation to CRFA. Your answers form the basis of the personal information that is unique to you.

Any transactions performed requiring your credit card information are performed in a secure environment, and credit card information is discarded immediately upon completing the necessary transaction(s).

Within the web site, you may be given the opportunity to indicate your preference to receive program information or participate in future research studies. If you indicate a preference to receive information, CRFA will use your contact information to send you information about CRFA, material about related products, or invitations to participate in research studies to assess the effectiveness of CRFA’s programs. 

Regardless of your response, you may opt-out of receiving future mailings by following the steps in the Choice/Opt-Out section below. 

CRFA will create aggregate data results for dissemination to sponsoring organizations and for research purposes. THIS AGGREGATE DATA WILL NOT CONTAIN ANY INFORMATION WHICH DISCLOSES YOUR IDENTITY. In this case, your data is combined with data of other participants to determine an overall profile of a population. These data become statistics and may be used by CRFA, or other organizations to understand the needs and characteristics for selected populations.

CRFA uses your IP address only in the event a Web server problem requires diagnosis and to administer the Web site and to count aggregate unique visits to the web site.

Linked sites

The CRFA site may have links to other sites that contain information CRFA believes may be helpful to you. CRFA cannot and will not be responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these other Web sites.


This site has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of your information under CRFA’s control. These measures include: 
Authentication: CRFA uses eTapestry to provide authentication, trust, and SSL encryption. This allows site visitors to verify eTapestry with a trusted third party organization, while enabling communication with CRFA’s web sites using secure, encrypted channels.

Cookies: A cookie is a piece of data containing information about the user or user session. Usage of a cookie is not in any way linked to personally identifiable information while on the CRFA site. CRFA uses a session cookie to ensure that your session remains secure by maintaining an identifier unique to your session. The session cookie self-terminates after you close your browser. Persistent cookies are only used if you choose to have your login and password information maintained for future connections. The default setting is set to not store login and password information.

Encryption: CRFA employs SSL encryption in the use of its products. We recommend the use of a browser supporting 128-bit encryption though the site will support down to 40-bit encryption.  CRFA uses appropriate security measures to protect your personally identifiable information against unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Security measures include the use of firewalls and secure data storage facilities.


The CRFA site provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from CRFA programs and CRFA partners.

Changes to the Policy

CRFA reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be immediately posted to this web page. If we make any substantial changes in the way we use your personally identifiable information, we will provide a prominent notice of the change on the Site.
Effective Date: August 2009

Contacting the Web Site

If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy statement, the practices of this Web site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact: 

Cornea Research Foundation of America
9002 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260
Fax: 317-814-2806

Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good.  It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life.  To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I.  To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organizations intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V.  To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X.  To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Developed by American Association of Fund Raising Counsel; Association for Healthcare Philanthropy; Council for Advancement and Support of Education; and Association of Fundraising Professionals. 

Endorsed by National Catholic Development Conference; National Committee for Planned Giving; Council for Resource Development; Independent Sector; and United Way of America.