Privacy Policy

The Handsome Father (THF) strongly believe in protecting the integrity and privacy of personal information gathered from our members and visitors to our web sites (“End Users”). Since the protection of your privacy is of the greatest importance to us, we have created this privacy policy to communicate our practices regarding the collection and dissemination of personal information that can be linked to a specific individual, such as a name, address, phone number, email address, or any other information, provided to us by our members and web site visitors.

You do not have to share personally identifiable information to use the THF web site. THF does not collect personally identifiable information about people on our web site without their permission. However, please be aware that our web site links to a number of other web sites and THF cannot control and is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of those web sites.

Our privacy policy explains the information practices we use at related to:

  1. How we collect and use the information gathered when you become a member of THF or use one of our online services
  2. How you receive emails and email newsletters from THF
  3. How we share information
  4. Your California privacy rights
  5. How we protect your information
  6. How to unsubscribe from mailing lists
  7. How to correct information you have provided
  8. How to contact us about privacy

1. How we collect and use the information gathered when you become a member of THF or use one of our online services:

We gather contact information when you contribute to THF online or via mail, join at pride or another event, when you sign up to join our mailing list, register for an event, or when you otherwise provide personal information on our web site.  We may also collect information from public sources, third party companies, or other organizations which we may combine with information from other sources. We use this information to contact you and send you updates, alerts, press releases, information about THF programs and partners, events and activities, local volunteer opportunities and membership and renewal appeals.

THF also uses information gathered via the THF web site to improve our web-based services. THF periodically performs statistical analyses of aggregate user behavior and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of various areas on our web site and to use such information to improve on our website’s ability to serve you better.

Cookies: THF uses “cookies” on some web pages. A cookie is a small piece of data stored in the memory of on an End User’s web browser but does not itself contain any personal information. Cookies enhance an End User’s experience by saving the End User from having to log in or provide information each time he or she revisits the THF web page and by customizing content based on an End User’s interests. An End User can configure his or her browser to be alerted when a site is attempting to send a cookie and refuse the cookie. THF also tracks End User activity and click-through behavior to provide an End User with a more personalized experience while visiting our web pages and for more personalized email alerts. THF also uses IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the web site, track End User movement and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

THF’s web site is not directed to children, and THF does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information about individuals under the age of 18.

2. How you receive emails and email newsletters from THF:

You will only receive email newsletters from us if you have a) expressly signed up to receive emails from THF through the THF web site, b) taken action on behalf of THF either online or in person; c) signed up to receive THF emails at events; or (d) become an THF member. In order to provide you with better and more relevant information, we compile information about email response and website usage. This information helps us to better understand our members’ web site usage patterns and also what types of content and information may help improve your user experience on the THF web site. All emails sent contain a link to unsubscribe or to modify your profile. You may subscribe or unsubscribe to any newsletter or email communication from THF at any time.

3. How we share information:

THF never shares email addresses and telephone numbers gathered from subscribers with other organizations or parties. THF may share mailing addresses with organizations or parties it considers to be supportive of its broader mission.

THF follows the Association of Fundraising Professional’s (AFP) Ethical Guidelines to the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice. Occasionally, THF may exchange or rent mail lists to like-minded organizations through bonded third-party vendors. From time to time, THF may partner with for-profit companies to provide you with special offers available to members, such as a THF affinity credit card or special offers on insurance.  These organizations are never given direct access to THF’s database. THF itself screens each mailing before we allow it to be sent to our membership. Information pertaining to current THF board members, major donors, partners, and/or $250+ donors is never — under any circumstance — released to external entities for the purpose of list rentals or exchanges.

Should you not wish your information to be shared with other organizations, or to receive offers for member benefits, you may opt out at any time by contacting us at our Member Services Department mailing address below, or my emailing us at

We also may be required to release information if required to do so by law or if, in our sole discretion, such disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of our web site, THF, our officers, directors, employees, members, other users, and/or the public.

 4. Your California Privacy Rights

California Law California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits California residents to annually request, free of charge, information about personal information (if any) disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year.  If applicable, this information would include a list of the categories of personal information that was shared and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to:  Attn: “Shine The Light” Law, The Handsome Father, P.O. BOX 153208, Austin, TX  78715.

5. How we protect your information:

THF is extremely protective of the information gathered through its membership and website. Our website has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of the information under our control. Our web server is located in a locked, secure environment. All databases containing personal information are securely stored and only accessed by authorized THF personnel.

When you contribute to THF online, we use a secure server and encryption to protect your financial and other personal information during transmission.

6. How to unsubscribe from mailing lists:

All THF communication, whether via email or US mail, provides information on how to unsubscribe quickly and easily. Those wishing to opt out of receiving all communications from THF (“do not contact”), or from being included in list exchanges with like-minded organizations (“do not exchange”) or from receiving special offers for THF members from third party companies (“do not offer”) can simply contact our Members Services Department at or via phone 1-512-565-6757, or via US mail at P.O. BOX 153208, Austin, TX  78715.

7. How to correct information you have provided:

You may correct and/or change any information regarding your membership by contacting our Member Services Department at or by calling 1-512-565-6757.

8. How to contact us about privacy:

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, the information we have collected from you online, the practices of this site or your interaction with this web site, send email to:

You can also reach us via telephone or U.S. mil at: 1-512-565-6757 or P.O. BOX 153208, Austin, TX  78715

Effective January 28, 2014