Habitat for Humanity Great Britain's Privacy Policy

It is because of supporters like you that Habitat for Humanity Great Britain can work towards our vision of a world where everyone has a safe place to call home.

We truly value your support and the impact it has on families around the world. Whether you volunteer, advocate, fundraise, or donate, you are making a huge difference. Therefore, we promise to treat you with respect and honesty.

Communicating with you

We like to keep our supporters informed about our latest activities and accomplishments.  We promise to be clear about how we will communicate with you.

If you do not want to be contacted, or prefer not to be contacted in certain ways, we will honour that. You can update your preferences with us at any time on our website or by calling our supporter services team at 01753 313539. 

Fundraising

Fundraising is central to achieving our goal to provide decent, affordable shelter around the world.  

We review our fundraising practices on an ongoing basis to ensure they are appropriate and transparent. We will aim to work above and beyond the standards set out by regulatory bodies.

Your donation

We are happy to answer questions you may have about how your donation is spent. If you wish to designate your gift to a location or programme, we will do our utmost to honour that request. If it is not possible to designate your gift in the manner requested, we will let you know why and work with you to redirect your gift. 

Donations made in support of volunteers who are participating in challenge events or international builds are made directly to Habitat for Humanity and not the individual participating.

In the unlikely event that a Build or challenge has to be cancelled, we regret that we cannot offer refunds on donations. Your donation will be used to help families around the world. 

Your personal details

We respect your right to privacy and adhere to laws around the use of data. Find out more about the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.  

Please do not send us financial information by email as emails might be intercepted or changed after sending. Habitat for Humanity Great Britain cannot accept liability for any financial data that is sent to us by email.

We will not sell your details to any third parties or share with other charities. 

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. This is also called a “subject access request”. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, 10 The Grove, Slough, SL1 1QP or hello@habitatforhumanity.org.uk 

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible at the above addresses. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

What do we do with your details?

You deserve to know how we use your details and why. Depending on how you interact with us, the way in which we “process” your information will vary. Some of this is required, like donations and gift aid, and some is optional, like direct marketing.

From 25 May 2018, you will not receive direct marketing materials from us unless you have opted in.

Occasionally we will seek to better understand our supporters and how we can best serve you. To do this we will analyse the data you have provided to us to look for trends. This may include postcode analysis, areas of our work you are most interested in, your feedback and comments, responsiveness to our communications, etc. We will not append your record with data that you have not provided to us (this is also known as datamatching or telematching). 

When we receive large donations we may do additional research to ensure that the source of the money is aligned to our values as an organisation. 

If you make a donation

When you make a donation to Habitat for Humanity Great Britain we will collect your details so that we can process the payment, claim gift aid (if applicable) and thank you for your gift.

We will retain your details in our secure database in order to meet our legal and financial obligations. This information will not be made available to anyone outside of Habitat for Humanity.

If you volunteer with us

If you are participating in an international volunteering Build we will require personal information from you. This information will be shared with our carefully selected and monitored Team Leaders, who are volunteers, and Habitat for Humanity staff based in the destination country. This is for the sole purpose of managing the build and ensuring we can keep you healthy and safe whilst under our care.

After the completion of the build volunteers will not retain your personal details. Habitat for Humanity Great Britain will retain your details for as long as necessary in our secure database so we can meet our legal and our health and safety obligations. This should not exceed beyond 6 years past the completion of the build.

If you are participating in a challenge event for us

We work with Run for Charity to offer discounted ballots to UK and international challenge events. When you register with us we will share you details with Run for Charity who will work directly with the organisers of your chosen challenge event to ensure you can successfully participate and to ensure your health and safety. We will contact you in the run up to the event with regard to fundraising and training. The event organisers will contact you with race day details and other important information.

For our signature event, Hope Challenge, we will share your registration details with the organisers, Across the Divide, in order to ensure your health and safety obligations throughout the event. Habitat for Humanity Great Britain will retain your details for as long as necessary in our secure database so we can meet our legal and our health and safety obligations.

If you are receiving updates on our work

You are making an impact on the global housing crisis and we want to let you know about it. We provide these updates by sending direct marketing materials through the post and by email. This includes:

  • Newsletters and Appeals,
  • Volunteering and Event Updates
  • Campaign and Advocacy Updates.

You can choose what you receive from us and how you receive it. And you can always change your mind.

Suppliers we work with

We have limited resources, so we work with external suppliers to help us communicate with you. We use carefully selected suppliers to help us deliver our mailings. We will keep your information safe and only use your details to contact you in the ways you’ve agreed to.

When necessary, we may share data with our carefully regulated and monitored external suppliers, for processing purposes or to help us improve our communications with our supporters. We will ensure their use of the data is in line with our own data protection policies and not kept or used by them for any other purposes.

We will only work with professional organisations that we have vetted and ensured meet our data protection standards.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.

Cookies allow web browsers to respond to you as an individual. This allows websites to tailor their operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

Types of cookies we use

Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

We use both session and persistent cookies.

Categories of cookies we use

  1. Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential for the user to move around the website and to use its features, e.g. making a donation and e-billing.
  2. Performance cookies: These cookies collect information about how the user makes use of the site, e.g. which pages the user visits most. These cookies do not collect information that identifies the user.
  3. Functionality cookies: These cookies remember choices made by the user and enhance the features, e.g. language or users location. This cookie is also used to remember a user's preferences for a font size, or customisable parts of a web page.
  4. Targeting or advertising cookies: These cookies collect information about the users' browsing habits. This may also include your use of social media sites, e.g. Facebook, etc. or how you interact with our website which then shows you relevant content elsewhere on the internet. NB. These may also be used to remarket to you in limited circumstances.

Google Analytics

This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how visitors use the site and ways that we can improve the experience. These cookies may track things such as how long visitors spend on the site and the pages that they visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.

You are able opt-out of Google Analytics cookies by using Google’s opt-out tool. For more details about Google’s Analytics you can read this overview.

Controlling your cookies

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. Please be aware that disabling cookies may prevent you from taking full advantage of the all the features of this website.

You can read more detailed information on disabling cookies from http://www.allaboutcookies.org/

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we have no control or oversight over those external websites and cannot be held responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you provide whilst visiting such sites.  

You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Accountability and Complaints

We reserve the right to amend this privacy statement so please periodically visit our privacy policy in order to keep up to date with any changes.

You are welcome to request a copy we hold of any personal information relating to you or to make a complaint if you are unhappy with anything we have done while communicating with you. Additionally, we are always happy to receive questions and feedback about our privacy policy.

You can write to us at Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, 10 The Grove, Slough, SL1 1QP or hello@habitatforhumanity.org.uk.

We will respond promptly to your questions and complaints. You can also make a complaint through the Fundraising Regulator or the ICO.