Our Commitment to Our Donors

Oak Valley College believes in safeguarding personal information and ensuring that privacy is respected and protected for donors, all youth, volunteers, vendors, and members of affinity groups associated with OVC. We will use personal information to keep donors, friends, vendors, volunteers and alumni informed of our activities including programs, special events, and funding needs. We respect all requests to remain anonymous. We will always provide an “opt-out” procedure for donors and others who receive such materials to request that their names be deleted from similar mailings, phone calls, faxes or electronic communications in the future. Donors, friends, volunteers and alumni may contact OVC at any time, and we will gladly accommodate your preferences. Individuals may choose to opt out of electronic communication. Individuals may also request that their record be flagged as “Do Not Call”. OVC will honor all or a combination of these “opt out” preferences.

We respect our donors’ choices and control over their information.  As a practice, your information will not be shared with other organizations.

Collection of Data

OVC collects personal data through event registration, email subscription, online donation services, postal mail, wire transfer, phone and other electronic means. We only collect this information when users submit it voluntarily or through the public domain. If a user prefers not to submit such information online, they may contact OVC to determine an appropriate channel to transmit this information.

From these services, we may collect a person's first name, last name, email address, company, position, secondary email address, address, city, state, zip code, and phone numbers (home, work, or mobile). We may collect event-specific information pertaining to a person's attendance, meal preferences and guests. We may collect the provided name and email of a spouse, contributor or foundation to facilitate the recognition for a gift. This confidential information is kept on file for IRS purposes.

Storage of Data

Donor information is maintained in a password-protected, secured database. Only authorized personnel have access to this information and only for appropriate business purposes. This information is shared with board members and authorized staff, only on a confidential and need-to-know basis.
On line Security and Enforcement

OVC has an online donor privacy policy. The policy may be viewed here OVC Online Donor Privacy Policy. This is a summarization of key points.

When we transfer and receive certain types of sensitive information such as online donations and account information, we direct visitors to a secure server, which communicates via SSL encryption and which has been designed to reduce the possibility of interception and hacking. You'll know that you're in a secure area of our website when the “http” portion of the OVC website address in your browser changes to “https.” The “s” stands for “secure.” We operate secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary. Only authorized individuals, who are required to comply with our privacy policy, have access to the information provided by our customers.
Cookies - "Cookies" may be used in connection with OVC's digital properties, for targeted remarketing. A cookie is a small amount of identifier data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. By using cookies, information is potentially collected without your express knowledge. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies but permit you to change the setting to refuse cookies or to be alerted when cookies are being sent. While refusal to accept cookies will not prevent the use of some portions of this site, other portions of this site may not function properly without cookies. You can reject cookies or cancel them by instructing your Web browser accordingly.
IP addresses - OVC may also collect IP addresses, domain names, and similar items regarding users of this site to measure the number of visits, pages visited, average time spent on this site, and similar items. OVC may also use your IP address to diagnose problems with our server, to administer our website and for statistical metrics used to track website visitor traffic.
Credit Cards - OVC is compliant with The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). This is a set of requirements designed to ensure that ALL companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment. Essentially this includes any merchant that has a Merchant ID (MID). The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) was launched on September 7, 2006 to manage the ongoing evolution of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) security standards with focus on improving payment account security throughout the transaction process. The BGCA finance department manually processes credit card refunds. At all times efforts are made to protect card numbers.
The PCI DSS is administered and managed by the PCI SSC (www.pcisecuritystandards.org), an independent body that was created by the major payment card brands (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB). It is important to note, the payment brands and acquirers are responsible for enforcing compliance, not the PCI council. A copy of the PCI DSS is available here.
BGCA does not store credit card numbers.
Credit card refunds are processed under strict guidelines

Any personal data maintained by OVC related is considered confidential and proprietary and will not be shared with third parties without permission. OVC follows the standards set forth above to protect any data received as a result of dues or other payments to OVC.

OVC does not intend to collect personal information from children under the age of 13. While we encourage children to visit our site and learn more about our programs, we recommend, however, that parents approve and closely supervise the activity of their children at this and all other online sites. We urge children to check with their parents before entering information on any website and we urge parents to discuss with their children restrictions regarding the online release of personal information to anyone they don't know.

Release of Information

OVC will not use pictures or names without a signed consent form.
OVC currently requires a signed parental/guardian release when utilizing children's stories for fundraising or marketing.
OVC may use the story of a child and use a fictitious name to protect their privacy.
Event attendee's information

OVC may utilize a system to collect information about guests that are seated at event tables. This information may include name, email, company and address.
Guests may follow the “opt-out” options outlined in this policy.
If data is shared, a Non-Disclosure Agreement will be entered into with the vendor and the sharing of data is prevented by contract stipulations that are present in contacts between OVC and our vendors. We do not authorize these service providers to use or disclose the information except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or to comply with legal requirements.
OVC may also occasionally ask users to complete surveys for research purposes. There also may be services on our website that require you to fill out an online form or send oVC an e-mail message in order to utilize these services. OVC collects any information that you provide in such circumstances, including any personal information.
Some corporations support OVC through employee giving programs and campaigns. Generally these are managed by the corporation and are processed through payroll deduction.
OVC seeks permission from the corporation before adding any employees to the OVC database.
OVC may share cumulative giving totals, but will not share individual donor/employee names.
Employees may participate in matching gift programs with their employers. Matching gift requests are sent to the corporation for processing with the knowledge of the employee and the appropriate paperwork.
Human Resources

OVC ensures that all documents and paperwork that contain personal information, including social security numbers are protected at all times. 

Donor Bill of Rights

This was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  • To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Cash Recognition Donation Policy

It is the donor’s responsibility to deduct charitable contributions. They must itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) or Schedule A (Form 1040NR). OVC provides thank you notes with the appropriate information included that maintain the organizations records.

In-Kind Donation PoLICY

OVC will adhere to all IRS regulations pertain to the recognition, valuation, and reporting of in-kind donations.

"In-kind giving" refers to contributions of goods and services that are of value to a nonprofit organization.  

“Fair market value (FMV) is the price that property would sell for on the open market. It is the price that would be agreed on between a willing buyer and a willing seller, with neither being required to act, and both having knowledge of the relevant facts.”[1] IRS Publication 561 (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p561.pdf) explains how to determine the fair market value of your donation. 

Appraisals are not necessary for items of property for which you claim a deduction of $5,000 or less. (There is one exception, described in IRS Publication 561 on page 9.) However, you generally will need an appraisal for donated property for which you claim a deduction of more than $5,000. There are exceptions described in IRS Publication 561 on page 9-11.  (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p561.pdf.)

As the IRS states, not every in-kind donation is tax-deductible. Donated services, although often welcomed by donors, generally cannot be written off. IRS Publication 526 (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p526.pdf) outlines what types of donations can be deducted and how to claim a deduction.

It is the donors responsibility to deduct charitable contributions and list them on their tax return at their FMV. They must itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) or Schedule A (Form 1040NR). It is the responsibility of the donor when donating goods worth over $5,000 to obtain an appraisal. If the claimed deduction for an item donated property is more than $5,000, you must attach Form 8283 to your tax return and complete Section B.[2]
The information above is not legal or tax advice to donors, rather Grandma’s Gifts acknowledging that the organization will follow all IRS guidelines pertaining to in-kind charitable contributions.

[1] IRS Publication 561, Page 2.

[2] IRS Publication 561, Page 11

What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe - as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
— 1 Corinthians 3:5-9