Privacy Policy

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is committed to protecting the privacy of our website visitors. Please read this policy to understand what personal information we collect, why we collect it, and how we use the information we collect.

Information Collection and Use

NEEF collects personally identifiable information in the following ways:

  • NEEF collects personal information when you register for our e newsletters.
  • When you send us an email inquiry. 
  • When you indicate your interest in supporting or volunteering for NEEF.
  • You provide personal information (name, address, email address, telephone number, and payment information) when you click on the link to PayPal to make an online donation to NEEF. This database is maintained by PayPal, but NEEF has access to information in connection with your donation.
  • When you submit a story form.
  • When you submit a photograph or streaming video or content on a NEEF sponsored blog.
  • When you complete an entry form for one of our contests.

We may on some occasions use information we collect to inform you of upcoming publications or other marketing material that would serve your interest. We do not sell or share this information with individuals or organizations outside NEEF for any purpose, including marketing or promotional purposes.

Right to Opt Out

You have the right to "opt-out" of certain of our uses of your Personal Information. For example, at the time you are requested to provide Personal Information on this Web Site and/or through our Services, you may have the opportunity to elect to, or not to: (1) receive promotional correspondence from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) or (2) have your Personal Information shared with other companies or individuals. You may also make this request by sending an e-mail to In this e-mail please identify which NEEF Web site or Service you are referring to (or all of them) and say whether (i) you would like to opt-out of receiving promotional correspondence (including, for example, e-mail offers) in general, or just via e-mail, postal mail, short message service, instant messaging and/or by phone, (ii) you would like to opt-out of certain of NEEF’s e-newsletters or correspondence, and if so which ones, and/or (iii) you would like to opt-out of having your Personal Information shared with other companies or individuals. You may also opt-out of NEEF e-mails by clicking on an opt-out link within the promotional correspondence you receive, sending an email to or opt-out of NEEF’s promotional email or SMS correspondence or Premium SMS Services by texting "STOP" to the shortcode provided on the Web Site for the particular Service. Please understand that if you opt-out of receiving promotional e-mails or SMS from NEEF, we may still contact you by e-mail or SMS in connection with your account with us or to provide you with important information about NEEF or this Web Site or the Services. Also, a request to have us stop sharing your Personal Information with other companies or individuals will only apply as of the date of the request, and NEEF will not be responsible for any communications that you may receive from companies or individuals that received your Personal Information prior to such request. In these cases, please contact that company or individual directly.

Links to Other Sites

Our site contains external links to other organizations and websites, and we do not control the use of data collection on external websites. We encourage you to read their policy statements and terms of use. This policy statement governs only this site and other sites of the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation operating as NEEF.


NEEF makes every effort to protect your information, including:

  • Physical safekeeping: As a secure facility, our offices are restricted to employees and authorized visitors only. All computers are password-protected.
  • Electronic safekeeping:  We use a perimeter firewall that is configured to let only necessary traffic through. All information is transmitted using SQL encryption to safeguard the confidentiality of personal information that we collect from unauthorized access or disclosure and accidental loss, alteration or destruction. All computers are patched regularly and have up to date antivirus software. Files and folders  on the server are protected by Microsoft NTFS file permissions. Full backups are preformed nightly to tape and at least one tape is taken offsite to a secure location. 
  • Administrative safekeeping:  All of our website visitors’ information is restricted to the NEEF offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific function (e.g. processing a donor receipt) are granted access to files and folders on the server containing personally identifiable information. All employees are educated about NEEF’s high expectations for ethical standards, policies and practices committed to the protection of user information. Training and review of these policies takes place periodically.

Whenever NEEF permits an external third party to access personally-identifiable information, appropriate procedures are followed to help ensure that the information is used only for authorized purposes and by authorized persons in a manner consistent with the choices NEEF website visitors have made, and that the security, integrity and privacy of the information is maintained.  Please refer to the following privacy policies for further information on how information is handled through third parties used by NEEF:

Although NEEF takes all measures - physical, electronic and administrative - to prevent unauthorized access to and maintain the accuracy of your data and information, no information transferred over the Internet is 100% secure. NEEF cannot guarantee the total security of information transmitted to us.

Children's Privacy

NEEF is committed to protecting the privacy of children. For that reason, we do not collect personal information at our website from those we actually know are under 13.

By visiting our website you understand our privacy statement and limitations. If you have any questions about this privacy statement, please contact NEEF by email at or by mail: NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION 4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 160 Washington, DC 20008 or by phone (202) 833-2933 or fax (202) 261-6464.

Your use of this site is also governed by our Terms of Use Statement, so please read that as well.

Privacy of Donors to NEEF

Donors to NEEF are appreciated supporters of our work.  We respect their privacy and that of their information.  NEEF will not share or sell a donor's personal information, whether submitted online or by other means, with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations without the donor’s permission.  Logos and other information of corporate and foundation donors are only displayed or promoted with permission of a qualified representative. 

Last Updated December 16, 2016