Terms of Use & Privacy Policy


It is Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago 's (“Catholic Charities”) policy to respect and protect the privacy of our website visitors (“visitors”). This policy statement tells you how we collect information from you and how that information is used and kept.

Catholic Charities recognizes the importance of protecting any information we may collect from visitors to our website. Catholic Charities uses this collected information for internal purposes only and maintains fitting security measures to keep this information private and secure. Catholic Charities has put in place appropriate security measures such as integrated physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information collected in order to prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and to ensure the appropriate use of this information. This information will not be disclosed to third parties for commercial purposes as Catholic Charities is committed to protecting our visitors' privacy. However, Catholic Charities may disclose personal information if required to do so by law or if it believes such action is necessary to comply with the law or legal process, protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the Catholic Charities website, or protect the personal safety or property of visitors, the public, or Catholic Charities and its officers, directors, employees, and volunteers.

Visitors can use the website without revealing any personal information. For instance, Catholic Charities occasionally looks at the domains from which people visit the website. Catholic Charities utilizes this data to help make improvements to the website. During this process, no personal identifiers are collected or seen by Catholic Charities. This data is then properly discarded.

If one chooses to provide personal information while on the website for the purposes of making donations, sending emails or comments on Catholic Charities’ comment forms, or registering for an event, then it is Catholic Charities’ intent to let visitors know how Catholic Charities will use such information.

If visitors inform Catholic Charities that they do not wish to have this information used for further contact, Catholic Charities will respect those wishes. Each email that is sent to a visitor who has provided their information will have an opt-out link. If visitors wish to review or correct the personal information Catholic Charities collected, visitors should contact Catholic Charities utilizing the contact information provided at the end of this Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Use of Cookies

Certain sections of Catholic Charities’ website may use "cookies" to store visitor information. A cookie is a small string of text that a website can send to your browser that is intended to enhance your visit. In general, cookies can securely store a visitor's ID and password specific to that website, personalize home pages, identify which parts of a website have been visited, or keep track of selections in a form or shopping cart. A cookie does not retrieve data from your hard drive, pass on computer viruses, or capture your email address.

Cookies helps Catholic Charities understand which parts of the website are the most popular, where visitors are going, and how much time is spent there. Catholic Charities uses cookies to study traffic patterns on the website so suitable improvements to the website can be made and provide visitors with better user experience. Cookies are not designed to provide Catholic Charities with any information unrelated to the website. One’s browser, however, does automatically provide the type of computer and operating system a visitor is using.



Catholic Charities has implemented security measures to help protect against the risk of loss, misuse and alteration of any information under Catholic Charities’ control. Catholic Charities protects visitor information by using Secure Sockets Layer ("SSL") technology. SSL encrypts all online orders and donation information to avoid the decoding of that information by anyone other than Catholic Charities. Nevertheless, such security measures may not prevent all loss, misuse or alteration of information on the website, and Catholic Charities is not responsible for any damages or liabilities relating to any such security failures. Although Catholic Charities takes every precaution possible, understand that data and communications, including e-mail and other electronic communications, may be accessed by unauthorized third parties when communicated over the Internet. Furthermore, the website contains links to other websites. Catholic Charities is not responsible for nor can Catholic Charities ensure the privacy practices or content of such other websites.


Special Note about Children

Catholic Charities does not knowingly gather any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. You must be 13 years of age or older when visiting the website. In accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998.


Restrictions on Use of Materials

This website is owned and operated by Catholic Charities. No material from this website or any website owned, operated, licensed, or controlled by Catholic Charities may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way without written permission from our Communications Department.

To obtain permission to use or copy Catholic Charities’ copyrighted materials (audio, text, graphics, images, artwork) from Catholic Charities’ website or from Catholic Charities’ printed materials, please e-mail your request to communications@catholiccharities.net. Fax requests should be sent to (312) 930-0425.

Please provide the following in your request:

  • Information about the exact Catholic Charities material you propose to use or copy, including the title of the document, page numbers, section titles, and copyright dates. To use information from the Catholic Charities website, include the Web address (URL) and, if possible, attach a copy of the specific information you wish to use;
  • An explanation of how the Catholic Charities information will be used and/or distributed and whether reprinted materials will be sold;
  • A description of the nature of your organization or business (for-profit, not-for-profit, etc.); and
  • Contact information, including your phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and/or mailing address.


Intellectual Property Notice

All trademarks, service marks, and trade names are proprietary to Catholic Charities. All materials contained on this website are protected by copyright and trademark laws and are owned by Catholic Charities or are licensed or otherwise published by Catholic Charities with the permission of the owner of the material. All rights in such materials published with permission of the material's owner are reserved to the respective owners.


Acceptance of Terms of Use & Privacy Policy

Catholic Charities reserves the right to change this policy without notice. Any changes to this policy will be posted to this page as soon as reasonably possible. Use of the Catholic Charities website constitutes consent and acceptance to any Terms of Use & Privacy Policy then in effect.


Limitation of Liability

You agree that you will hold harmless Catholic Charities and its officers, directors, employees, and volunteers from all claims arising out of or related to your access or use of, or your inability to access or use this website or the information contained in this website or other websites to which it is linked. This includes, but is not limited to, information or materials viewed or downloaded from this website or another website to which it is linked that appear to you or are construed by you to be obscene, offensive, defamatory, or that infringe upon your intellectual property rights. In no event will Catholic Charities, its officers, directors, employees, volunteers, or the contributors of information to this website be liable to you or any other third party for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on such information or for any consequential, special or similar damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.


Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments concerning Catholic Charities’ Terms of Use & Privacy Policy, please contact us via email at communications@catholiccharities.net or send a letter to:

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Communications Department
721 North LaSalle Street, Second Floor
Chicago, IL 60654

At Catholic Charities, we try to ensure the security of all of our electronic communications such as email and our websites. If you receive any email that appears to be fraudulent or feel our website has been compromised in any way, please contact us immediately at CC_Fraud_Reporting@catholiccharities.net to report this activity. Fraudulent activities will be reported to the proper authorities. Never release any personal or financial information via electronic communication unless you are certain it is secure, such as through our secure online donation page.