Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Last updated: August 29, 2019

SeriousFun Children’s Network (“SeriousFun”) respects your right to privacy. We are committed to protecting your personal information.

We encourage you to read this Privacy Policy carefully. It describes the practices and procedures that we have established to safeguard and appropriately handle your personal information. Among other things, it tells you what information we collect, how we use it, and it outlines your rights regarding that information, rights for example to correct, change or to otherwise control your information.

Just as important, in our view, this Privacy Policy and the practices and procedures that it describes, affirms our commitment to abide by applicable data privacy and security laws and to good and ethical business practice.


Personal information”, as used in this Privacy Policy, is any information relating to an identified or identifiable person. An identifiable person is someone who can be identified, directly or indirectly, by reference to an identifier such as a name, an email address, an identification number, location data, online identifier or to one of more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that person.

1. Information you give us

Your use of this SeriousFun site will require you to provide us with your personal information. The amount and type of information that you provide will depend on the ways that you choose to interact with our site.  

Event Registration

When you register to attend special events, such as the Campfire Bash or Benefit Galas, we require that you indicate your level of sponsorship and monetary support, as well as your name, mailing address, Email address, telephone number, and payment information, including currency amount, card type, name on card, card number, security code, and expiration date. We will ask whether you wish to opt-in to receive news about SeriousFun projects and fundraising activities, and we will provide you an opportunity to submit free-form comments if you like, not to be posted publicly, but to communicate with our event staff. 


When you use this site to donate to SeriousFun, we require you to indicate your payment amount and whether the gift is one-time or recurring.  If you choose to donate by credit card, we require that you indicate whether your donation is to be kept anonymous and whether your donation is on behalf of an organization and, if so, the name of the organization; we will also require that you provide your last name, mailing address, and Email address, and payment information, including currency amount, card type, name on card, card number, security code, and expiration date.  We will ask whether you wish to opt-in to receive news about SeriousFun projects and fundraising activities, and whether your gift is a tribute, the name of the person being honored or remembered, the name and address for a tribute letter if one is to be sent and any information to be included in the letter. 

If you choose to donate using PayPal or American Express Membership Rewards Points via, we will ask for all of the preceding information except for your payment card information, which of course will be processed on the PayPal or JustGiving websites and not our site, pursuant to the terms and privacy policies of those third-party sites.

Emails and Newsletters

You also may decide to send us personally identifying information, for example, in an electronic mail message containing a question or comment, or by filling out a Web form that provides us this information. We use personally identifying information from email primarily to respond to your requests. We may forward your Email to other SeriousFun employees who are better able to answer your questions. We may also use your Email to contact you in the future about our programs that may be of interest. 

We want to be very clear: We will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit our site unless you choose to provide such information to us. Providing such information is strictly voluntary. Except as might be required by law, we will not share any information that we receive from you, including your name or Email address, with any outside parties. If you sign up for one of our Email lists, we will only send you the kinds of information you have requested.

When you opt-in to be on one of our Email lists, we collect your first name, last name, and email address. In some instances we may ask for a physical mailing address should you express interest in recieving SeriousFun branded items or brochures.

You may refuse to provide such personal information, but that may prevent us from being able to register you for an event, to accept your gift, or to communicate with you, or to keep you updated.  

Before we first collect your personal information, you will be asked to review this Privacy Policy. You may at any time withdraw your consent to our collection, use, or disclosure of your personal information, on reasonable notice, subject to legal restrictions. We will inform you of the implications of so withdrawing your consent.

2. Information we receive from passive use of our website

SeriousFun also collects information about your use of our website through technology such as cookies. A “cookie” is a unique numeric code we transfer to your computer so we can, for example, keep track of site performance, validate your user session, track the pages that you visit and links that you click within our site, and recognize you as a return visitor to our site.  When you first visit our site, our website will prompt you to acknowledge our use of cookies and to review our Cookie Policy.


We may use your personal information:

  • To process your request or your donation.
  • To communicate with you about your request, comment, donation, or event registration.
  • To keep you informed about SeriousFun events and fundraising activities, for as long as we have your affirmative consent to do so.
  • To comply with our legal, regulatory, compliance, or auditing obligations.

We will only collect and use personal information that you choose to give us, that is necessary for our legitimate business purposes, that is required by law or regulation, or as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy.

We will retain your personal information only for as long as reasonably necessary to carry out the purposes for which it was collected. 


SeriousFun will not disclose your personal information to others without your consent to do so, except:

  • To carry out the purposes for which you have provided it to us, including in accordance with our Cookie Policy;
  • To comply with our legal, regulatory, compliance, or auditing obligations.

In any such case, SeriousFun will require recipients to comply with the terms of this Privacy Policy and all applicable data privacy and security laws.

In the unlikely event that we discover that a recipient is using personal information in a way that conflicts with this Privacy Policy, we will take all reasonable steps to stop them.

We do not permit third-party advertisers to display their advertisements on our website.


When using our camp locator buttons or links, whether for volunteering or for registering a camper, you will be directed away from the SeriousFun site to navigate the website of the particular camp that you selected.  For information about how your personal information is protected while visiting a camp website, please review that camp’s posted privacy policy.  

Similarly, when you click on links to other third-party sites or web applications, such as when sharing SeriousFun information on your preferred social media platforms, you are no longer on our site.  Please review the privacy policies of such third parties.


Under some circumstances, we may need to transfer personal information from one jurisdiction to another, including to jurisdictions where the laws provide different protection than the jurisdiction where you are located when we collect your personal information.  In any such case, we will take appropriate measures to ensure that personal information is transferred, processed, and protected in accordance with this Privacy Policy and all applicable data privacy and security laws.


SeriousFun has implemented commercially reasonable security safeguards to protect your personal information against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. 

We employ layered security in our systems. Only designated employees have access to hard copies of your personal information. All online transactions are processed on a secure server. This means that information entered on the transaction page (donation and community pages) is encrypted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) before transmission. 

Credit card information is stored in the Blackbaud Payment Service (BBPS), which integrates with Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) compliant versions of The Raiser’s Edge (our fundraising database) and Blackbaud NetCommunity (our web hosting and content management system). BBPS is a “cloud” program that makes it possible to adhere to The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS).  Because credit card information is stored on BBPS, credit card numbers and data are not visible in any of our software applications.  In each software application, credit card numbers are replaced with reference tokens.  When credit card transactions are processed (for example, in recurring gifts), the software application connects to the BBPS.  The reference token in the software application will summon the stored credit card number to be used in the transaction. Staff cannot access your credit card information at any time. Furthermore, Security Metrics monitors the security of SeriousFun Children’s Network’s servers and does routine scans to ensure our PA-DSS & PCI-DSS compliance.

All of our credit card transactions are processed by Blackbaud Merchant & Payment Services. A donation will show up on a credit card statement as SeriousFun.
You will also notice in your website address bar that the domain name starts with an “https” on our donation and community pages. This means that information entered on those pages is encrypted for your security. 

If you have any questions regarding the security of your credit card donation online, please Email, or call 203.562.1203 for more information.


1. Access and Correction

You may at any time challenge the accuracy and completeness of your personal information and have it amended or corrected as appropriate. In any such case, SeriousFun will require that you provide identifying information sufficient to verify your identity and ownership of the information. Any such identifying information shall be used only for this purpose.

2. Receipt or transfer

You may at any time request to receive one copy of your personal information and to have your personal information transferred to a third-party. In any such case, we will, where technically feasible, provide it in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format.

Please note that this right of portability applies only in limited circumstances, such as:  where we are processing personal data on the basis of your consent or pursuant to our agreements with you, and the processing is carried out by automated means. 

3. Deletion

You have the right to request that SeriousFun permanently delete your personal information when:

  • we no longer need your data for the purposes for which it was collected;
  • we have been processing the particular data based only on your consent, you withdraw your consent, and there is no other legal ground for us to continue processing;
  • you successfully object to the processing of certain data (see “Objection” below);
  • the data has been unlawfully processed; or
  • erasure is required by law.

This right will not apply where continued processing of your personal information is necessary for:

  • the exercise of the right of freedom of expression and information;
  • compliance with applicable law;
  • performance of a task carried out in the public interest or the exercise of official authority vested in SeriousFun;
  • for reasons of public health;
  • certain types of archiving that is in the public interest, scientific or historical research or statistical purposes; or
  • the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims.

Although SeriousFun may remove most personal information, such as contact information (address, phone number, etc.), we cannot remove certain records which we are bound to keep by law or by codes of conduct or other authority.  

4. Objection and Restriction

You may at any time request that SeriousFun cease or restrict certain processing of your personal information.  If you are in any way unhappy with our collection or use of your personal information or even the terms of this Privacy Policy, we hope that you will contact us as described below so that we can address your concerns. If however you would like to lodge a complaint, you have the right to do so by contacting your local supervisory authority for further assistance and information.


If you wish to take any of the actions described above, please do so by contacting us as described below.  We will attend to your request promptly and will respond within a reasonable time.  


For children who visit our site, special rules apply. We do not request personal information about children, such as first and last name or street address and city. When children send an email to us, their online contact information (email address) is not used to re-contact them and is not maintained in a retrievable form.


Throughout our web pages, we provide links to other servers which may contain information of interest to our readers. We take no responsibility for and exercise no control over, the organizations, views or accuracy of the information contained on other servers. Creating a text link from your website to our site does not require permission. If you have a link you’d like us to consider adding to our website, please send an email to webmaster@seriousfunnetwork.orgwith the subject “Link Request.”


If you would like to publish information that you find on our website, please send your request to Where text or images are posted on our site with the permission of the original copyright holder, a copyright statement appears at the bottom of the page. Information about using our logo and images is available in our Press Kit.


This website is designed to be accessible to visitors with disabilities and to comply with federal guidelines concerning accessibility.We welcome your comments. If you have suggestions on how to make the site more accessible, please contact us at


Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy or our collection or use of your personal information, please contact us at:

SeriousFun Children’s Network 
228 Saugatuck Avenue
Westport, CT 06880

P 203.562.1203

F 203.341.8707

Email us at


We will only use personally identifying information in the manner described in the Privacy Policy in effect when the information was collected from you.We reserve the right, however, to change the terms of this Privacy Policy at any time by posting revisions to the website. In any such case, we will take reasonable measures to obtain your new consent, as needed.