This Privacy Policy explains the privacy practices of Emil K. Wilbekin Foundation, Inc. (“Native Son,” “we,” “us,” and “our”). This Privacy Policy applies any time that we collect personal information from or about individuals, whether online or offline, including information collected when you visit our website, utilize our resources through our website or applications that run on mobile devices or tablets, purchase our products, sign up for our newsletter, or register for or attend our events (collectively, our “Services”), communicate with us, and information we obtain from third-parties. By using any our Services or otherwise providing your Personal Information to us, you understand, acknowledge and consent to the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

1. PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT NATIVE SON COLLECTS In conducting every aspect of our business, we may collect personal information. Such information may include, without limitation: your name, home and mailing addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, age, gender, sexual orientation, race, billing information, and other types of personal information that you choose to provide to us or that we may obtain about you. We collect personal information, as well as non-personal information, in multiple ways:

1.1 Information You Provide to Us: We collect personal information you provide to us. This may include, for example, when you use our Services, make a donation to Native Son, apply for or accept employment with us, donate to us, use any of the interactive portions of our website, communicate with us, sign-up for our newsletter, register for our events, or purchase products from our store.

1.2 Information We Collect from Other Sources: We may collect information about you from a variety of third-parties. For example, we may obtain information about you from companies that process donations such as Bloomerang and Givebutter, social media networks when you grant permission to access your data on one or more networks, tag us in a post, or comment on our posts, videos or photographs, partner organizations with whom we co-sponsor or host programs or events; and publicly-available sources and data suppliers from which we obtain data to validate or supplement the information we hold.

1.3 Information We Collect Automatically: When you use our Services (i.e. visit our website or use applications that run on mobile devices or tablets), we collect some information automatically. For example, when you visit our website, we may collect device, usage and log information such as your computer’s operating system, Internet Protocol (IP) address, access times, browser type and language, the search engine you used to locate the website, and the website you visited before or after our site. In addition, we gather certain navigational information about where you go on our website to help us determine which areas of the website are most frequently visited and helps us to tailor the sites to the needs and interests of our online visitors. If you use our mobile applications or use our Services on a mobile device or tablet, we may also collect your device type, mobile phone number, operating system type, wireless carrier, and device IDs, on our mobile applications. We use technologies such as web beacons, pixels, tags, and JavaScript, alone or in conjunction with cookies, to gather this information. When you visit our website, we, or an authorized third- party, place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser (including through use of pixel tags). that collects information, including Personal Information, about your online activities over time and across different sites. We also use web beacons and pixels in our emails to collect information about how you interact with our emails. For example, we may place a pixel in marketing emails that notify us when you click on a link in the email. We use these technologies and the information they collect to operate, evaluate the effectiveness of, and improve our marketing emails. If you want to remove or block collection technology from your device at any time, you can update your browser settings (consult your browser’s “help” menu to learn how to remove or block cookies and similar technology). You can find instructions on how to manage collection technology on different types of web browsers at

2. HOW WE USE PERSONAL INFORMATION We may use your Personal Information and other information to:

  • provide you with Services;
  • allow creation of an on-line account;
  • process transactions that you have requested;
  • process donations and payments;
  • verify your identity;
  • determine your eligibility to participate in our programs or events;
  • carry out the purposes for which you provided the information;
  • process any applications, forms, requests, inquiries, or other information you submit;
  • report to our partner organizations;
  • provide customer service;
  • personalize the Services according to your personal preferences;
  • update account information;
  • communicate with you;
  • inform you of events, programs, products or services that may be of interest to you;
  • process and provide a receipt for your donation;
  • provide products you have purchased or requested;
  • conduct data analysis, audits, security and fraud monitoring and prevention;
  • enhance, improve or modify our Services;
  • conduct marketing and advertising of our Services and organization;
  • identify usage trends;
  • determine the effectiveness of our marketing and promotional campaigns;
  • comply with our legal and regulatory obligations; and
  • operate and expand our business activities and Services.

We may also use Personal information we have collected and aggregated, or anonymized Personal Information received from third-parties, to understand more about our users (for example, we may use aggregated information to calculate the percentage of our users who have a particular telephone area code). This includes demographic data, inferred commercial interests, and other information we may collect from you or from third-parties.


We may share your Personal Information as follows. Service Providers. We may share your Personal Information with third-parties who work on behalf of, or with, us such as vendors, processors, suppliers, agents, attorneys, and representatives (collectively, “Service Providers”). Service Providers assist us with a variety of functions including, but not limited to, providing donor management software and services, sending marketing communications, assisting with advertising and related analytics, scheduling and performing maintenance on our websites and applications, processing donations, processing and fulfilling sales of products and merchandise, shipping products and merchandise; conducting research or surveys, sending regular mail and e-mail, maintaining databases, and providing customer service representatives or software. Partner Organizations.We partner with for-profit and non-profit organizations to serve our community of black, gay men (“Partner Organizations”). These Partner Organizations may share resources with us or provide funding to us. We may share your Personal Information with Partner Organizations so that they may assess our impact and the impact of our programs, our effectiveness, our employment statistics, and the impact of their donation or strategic partnership. They may also use your Personal Information as part of their marketing, advertising, or social impact campaigns. We may also share aggregated or anonymized information with our Partner Organizations. Government Agencies. We may share your personal information with government agencies such as theInternal Revenue Service. Disclosures Under Special Circumstances. We may disclose your Personal Information to third-parties: (i) where we have a good faith belief that such disclosure is necessary to meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or other legal obligation; (ii) when we believe disclosure is necessary to protect or prevent harm, illegal activity, or financial loss; (iii) to detect, investigate and help prevent security, fraud or technical issues; (iv) to cooperate with law enforcement, government, quasi-governmental and public agency requests or reporting requirements; and (v) to enforce any of our policies, legal rights, or terms of use. Corporate Transactions. We may transfer your Personal Information in the event we: (i) sell or transfer, or are considering selling or transferring, all or a portion of our business or assets; or (ii) are considering or engaging in any reorganization, conversion, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or disposition of all or any portion of our ownership interest, business or operations. At Your Request. We may share your Personal Information with any individual or entity that you request we share your Personal Information with.


When you purchase products or merchandise from us, you are directed to a third-party website – Shopify, Google Pay, or PayPal – to process your payment. By entering your Personal Information in the interactive form, you are providing your Personal Information, including your payment information, to the third-party who will use that information to process your payment. We will also collect your Personal Information in order to fulfil the order. To do so, we will share your Personal Information with one of our Service Providers who will assist in fulfilling and shipping your order. Your submission of information to Google Pay (, Shopify ( or PayPal ( ) are governed by their respective privacy policies and not this Privacy Policy.


We use Bloomerang and Givebutter to process donations. When you click on the link on our website, social media, or a marketing email to make a donation, you are directed to a website that is operated by either Bloomerang or Givebutter. By entering your Personal Information in the interactive form, you are providing your Personal Information, including your payment information, to either Bloomerang or Givebutter, which will process your donation and will then provide your Personal Information to us so that we may issue a receipt for your donation and keep a record of your donation for our files and tax purposes. Your submission of information to Bloomerang is governed by its privacy policy, which is available at Your submission of information to Givebutter is governed by Givebutter’s privacy policy, which is available at


Our website may contain links to other websites that we do not own or operate. We do not control, recommend, endorse or bear any responsibility for these websites or their content, products, services or privacy policies or practices. These other websites may place their own cookies on your device or browser. They may also independently collect information about you or from you and may or may not have their own published privacy policies. The collection and processing of your Personal Information by these third-party websites is governed by their own information collection policies and practices not this Privacy Policy. We are not responsible for the collection and use of your information by such third-parties.


Third-party applications, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google buttons, may be available on our Sites. The owners or providers of those third-party applications may collect Personal Information from you. Your interactions with third-party applications on our website may also be shared with others within your social network. The collection of information by these third-party applications is governed by their own information collection policies and practices not this Privacy Policy. We are not responsible for the collection and use of your information by such third-parties.


We use Google Analytics to collect information about the use of our website and the use of other websites, apps and online resources. We use the information collected by Google Analytics to engage in analytics, auditing, research, and reporting. You can read Google’s Privacy Policy, which applies to Google Analytics and the information collected by Google Analytics, at You also can opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics in the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for your current browser


We do not collect or respond to Do Not Track signals and our websites do not function differently based on any Do Not Track preferences that may be received. For more information on Do Not Track signals, please visit


We store your information using reasonable physical, technical and administrative safeguards. Please be aware that the Services and data storage are run on software, hardware and networks, any component of which may, from time to time, require maintenance or experience problems or breaches of security beyond our control. In addition, no transmission of data over the internet is guaranteed to be completely secure. It may be possible for third-parties not under our control to intercept or access transmissions or private communications unlawfully. We cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us over the internet.


The Website is not designed to solicit information from individuals under the age of 16. We do not knowingly collect or store any personal information from anyone under the age of 16. If we become aware that we have collected or stored personal information from an individual under age 16, we will remove his or her personal information from our files. If you are a parent or guardian and believe we may have inadvertently collected personal information from your child, please notify us immediately by sending an email to


If you no longer want to receive marketing-related emails from us on a going-forward basis, you may opt-out by contacting us by email at or by following the instructions in any such email you receive from us. We will try to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable. If you opt out of receiving marketing emails from us, we may still send you important administrative messages, from which you cannot opt out.


The Services are hosted in the United States and are governed by United States law. If you are using the Services from outside the United States, please be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States where our servers and databases are located. The data protection and other laws of the United States and other countries might not be as comprehensive as those in your country. By using the Services, you consent to your information being transferred to our facilities and to the facilities of those third-parties with whom we share it as described in this Policy. In certain situations, we may be required to disclose personal data in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements. Our Services are not intended for use by citizens or residents of the European Union and EU residents and citizens are not authorized to use them.


Your use of our Services, as well as any dispute over privacy, are subject to this Privacy Policy and our Terms and Conditions including applicable limitations on damages and the resolution of disputes.


In certain circumstances, you may be able to review and request changes to your personal information on the website or by contacting us at


The Privacy Policy may be revised from time to time. The “Last Updated” legend at the bottom of this page indicates when this Privacy Policy was last revised and became effective. Your use of the Services following these changes means that you accept the revised Privacy Policy.


If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or our privacy practices, please contact us at

Last Updated: November 10, 2020