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Security Statement

Providing you with a secure online experience is important to the Foundation Center. We recognize that security is an essential aspect of any online transaction, and we want to assure you that your credit card and personal information are safeguarded .

The Foundation Center uses VeriSign, industry-standard encryption software. VeriSign, Inc. has worked with Microsoft and Visa, among other companies, to deploy its cybersafeguards for such online activities as e-mail, home banking, and credit card purchases. Using VeriSign, we encrypt all personal information you give us when you place an order online.

What exactly is encryption? Encryption is a process by which we use software to scramble sensitive information while it is in transit to us. Encryption is based on a key that has two different parts: a public part and a private part. The public part of the key is distributed to those you want to communicate with. The private part is for the recipient's use only.

When you send personal information to the Foundation Center, you use our public key to encrypt your personal information. That means, if at any point during the transmission your information is intercepted, it is scrambled and very difficult to decrypt. Once we receive your encrypted personal information, we use the private part of our key to decode it.

Providing encrypted information online is as safe as giving it to someone over the phone. If, however, for any reason you still feel uncomfortable about providing the Foundation Center with any of your information online, please feel free to call our Customer Service Department at (800) 424-9836, or send an e-mail to

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