Privacy Policy

Our Privacy Policy

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

YWCA Cambridge respects your privacy and adheres to all legislative requirements with respect to protecting privacy. Personal information collected by YWCA Cambridge from donors, participants and other visitors to our website is used to process and receipt donations, to process program registration and wait list requests, including child care registrations, and to keep you informed about YWCA Cambridge programs and events and to ask for support of our mission to improve the lives of cis and trans women and girls, non-binary and two-spirit individuals.

We also acknowledge the support of donors, volunteers and sponsors in publications such as our Annual Report and, with permission, in our marketing materials.

We protect your personal information through staff and volunteer training about privacy issues, the signing of confidentiality agreements by those who access personal information in order to perform their duties, the use of locked files, a secure computer system and the shredding of discarded personal information.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


All images of program participants, staff, volunteers and supporters included on our website have been posted with approval.

Contact forms and email sign up

Information collected in our contact and registration forms will be used to process registration requests, and to gain a better understanding of the needs of the community we serve with our programming. We protect your privacy to the strictest legal standards and do not sell, trade or rent your information.

We will only send you emails should you give us express consent. We do not sell, trade or rent our email lists.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Payment/donation processing

All payments and donations made to YWCA Cambridge will be processed through a secure third party website. No banking or payment information is collected on at any time.

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