Privacy Policy

Donor Privacy Policy

Youth On Their Own (YOTO) is committed to maintaining your trust and confidence. The following online and offline privacy policy is intended to protect and secure the personally identifiable information (any information by which you can be identified) you provide to our mission online.


YOTO provides this privacy policy to inform you of the way your information is collected and used as well as to make you aware of our security practices. We also provide you with the opportunity to remove your name from our postal mailing list, if you desire to do so. Just send an email to [email protected] to be removed from our list.

Information We Collect

There are several different ways in which we collect information from visitors on our website and in person:

  • From online requests for information (i.e. e-mail newsletters, contact forms, etc.)
  • From online requests for materials from our organization (i.e. requesting a free offer)
  • From online donations. The information we collect online includes name, address, city, state, ZIP/postal code, telephone number, e-mail address, and, in the case of online donations or online shopping, credit card number and expiration date. In order to continuously improve our service to you and tailor our future communications to you, we may also ask you to provide us with information regarding your demographics, comments, professional interests, and contact preferences.
  • From visits to our office by donors who wish to donate monetary and inkind items by completing and receiving a donation receipt form.
  • From visits to our Home Store by collecting email addresses and other contact information.
  • From event and campaign mailings. We may from time to time send to donors on our mailing list a request for donations by mail.
  • By filling out a contact information card at one of our many events or for a campaign.

How the Information is Used

YOTO uses your information to understand your needs and provide you with better online and offline service. We may use your information to complete a transaction, issue you an income tax receipt for a donation, or to personalize our website and donation requests for you. If you so desire, we may also use this information to update you on our projects and activities. Credit card numbers are used only for donation or payment processing and are not retained for any other purposes. We also provide you the opportunity to remove your name from our postal mailing list, if you desire to do so. Please review the corresponding section of this privacy policy below. In addition, we may periodically send you e-mail announcing news and event information. If you choose to supply your postal address in an online form, you may receive mailings from us as well.

No Sharing of Personal Information

YOTO will not share or sell a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. The only exception to this is if the donor has given YOTO specific permission to share or sell personal information. Otherwise, the use of your personal information will be limited to further the activities of YOTO.  Youth On Their Own assures you that the identity of all who contact us through this Web site will be kept confidential.


YOTO is committed to ensuring the security of your personal information. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the proper use of information, we have established and implemented appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect both online and offline. YOTO uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Protocol when collecting or transferring sensitive data such as credit card information. Any information you enter is encrypted at your browser, sent over the public Internet in encrypted form, and then de-encrypted at our server.


From time to time, we may send a “cookie” to your computer. A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. A cookie can’t read data off your hard drive or read cookie files created by other sites. Cookies do not damage your system. We use cookies to recognize you when you return to our sites, or to identify which areas of our network of Web sites you have visited (i.e. e-commerce sites, etc.). We may use this information to better personalize the content you see on our sites. Many Web sites place cookies on your hard drive. You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings of your browser. Your browser can refuse all cookies, or show you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept these cookies, your experience at our site and other Web sites may be diminished and some features may not work as intended.

Children’s Online Privacy

We are concerned about the privacy of young children and do not knowingly collect any personal information from a child under 18. We encourage you to become involved with your child’s access to the Internet and to our site in order to ensure that his or her privacy is well protected. To read more about online safety and how to become more involved with your child’s online experience, visit the Federal Trade Commission Web site. You may also benefit from the information and resources available on

Links to Outside Sites

This website links to documents located on websites maintained by other organizations or individuals. Once you access a link to another website, please be aware that YOTO is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

Removing Your Name from Our Mailing List

We give you the opportunity to remove your name from our postal mailing list so that you do not receive any future communications from our organization. If you desire to permanently remove your name, please e-mail [email protected] to request this change.

If you determine that our information about you is inaccurate or it has changed, you may modify information by sending an e-mail to [email protected]

Contacting Us

If you have comments or questions about our privacy policy, please send an e-mail to [email protected].