We are committed to the integrity of our ministry and website.The following documents describe how we keep that commitment and what we expect of users of our website:
The Short Story:
We store information we get from you if you register for our site (which is optional). We use that to personalize the site for you, as well as to help us improve the site and provide you with relevant information (on your orders, missionaries you support, website updates). We also collect information when you make an order through forafriend.com. Your billing information (credit card, billing address, etc) is used only to send it on to our payment gateway to process it. We don’t save that information. Certain other data is gather automatically whenever you visit our site, such as your IP address and browser/operating system information. We also utilize Google Analytics to help us track traffic to our site and improve it based on that data. We don’t share any info with Google Analytics that personally identifies you. You can always use a browser add-on to opt out of Google Analytics.
If you sign up as a missionary with a profile, we obviously get more information from you. Except for what you specifically put on your public profile, all other information we collect is kept safe with us. You have complete control over what you place on your profile and you should be careful not to include information that you wouldn’t feel safe letting the whole world see.
We won’t sell or give away any personally identifiable information about you without your consent. The security and privacy of your data is very important to us.
The Long Story:
What information do we collect and why?
If you choose to register with us, we will require your email name and address. You may request other optional information. Registering is optional. If you register with us, we will use the information you give us provide a personalized experience to you, to provide you with better customer support, and to provide you with information related to our website or the missionaries you support.
If you process an order through our website, we require your email address, which we save associated with your order and gifts. We use this email address to provide notifications related to your order and our website. We also keep a history of the gifts you have given through forafriend.com. We may provide this history to you if you register. We use it for our own record keeping and improving our site and your experience. We also provide parts of that information to the missionaries you support for their record keeping and to communicate with you. The name you provide on your gift, and your email address, unless you specified not to share it, will be shared with the missionaries to whom you send gifts.
We do not save any of your billing information (anything from your credit card and your billing address). We pass this information along to our payment gateway provider for them to process the transaction. All payment gateway providers are required to follow strict security guidelines.
If you apply for a missionary profile, we will collect quite a bit of information from you so that we can determine your eligibility, and to give you personalized service, and because we want to get to know you. All information on your application will not be shared except by your permission. Should you be approved to have a missionary profile, we will require bank account information so that we can transfer funds from gifts you receive into your account. This information is kept private and secure. If you are approved for a missionary profile you will have full control over what is displayed on your public profile. You are not required to display your real name, location, or organization and it is your responsibility to protect your own privacy and security. We will use the information you provide to help connect users of our website to you.
We also may collect certain information provided by your browser - including your IP address, browser software, operating system, etc. We also utilize Google Analytics. See the section below for more details.
Like millions of other website owners, we use Google Analytics on forafriend.com Google Analytics is a piece of software that grabs data about visitors (you). It’s something like an advanced server log.
- What does Google Analytics record?
- What website you came from to get here.
- How long you stay for.
- What kind of computer you’re using.
- And quite a bit more.
What do we do with your data?
The tracking information allows us to better understand the kind of people who come to the site and how they’re using it. This allows us to make better decisions about design and functionality for the site.
Occasionally, we will compile aggregate statistics about the number of visitors this site receives and browsers being used. No personally identifying data is included in this type of reporting. All of our activity falls within the bounds of the Google Analytics Terms of Service.
Want to opt out of tracking?
You can use a browser plugin to opt out of all Google Analytics tracking software.
How do we protect your information?
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or enter, submit, or access your personal information.
Our website and database are hosted with Heroku, whose security measures are outlined here.
All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted to us via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential.
After a transaction, we do not store any of your payment information except the reference number we receive back from our payment gateway provider so that we can provide you with support related to the order if it should be needed.
We require the use of SSL at least when logging into our site, when placing an order, when applying for or editing your user or missionary profile. You can optionally request any page with SSL (by prefixing with ‘https’ instead of ‘http’).
Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased service requested.
Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties.
Third party links
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. Missionaries may also provide links to sites at their discretion. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent. As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at anytime by logging into our website and going to their ‘profile’ page.
By applying for and/or having a missionary profile on forafriend.com, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions contained in this document. Failure to comply with any of these terms or conditions may result in the removal of your profile from our website. At all times forafriend.com employees have sole discretion to remove or suspend your profile.
It is your responsibility to keep us up-to-date on any changes to your current country, organization, role within the organization, faith, and private email address. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org should any of these things change. If we need an update on you and can’t reach you by your email address registered with forafriend, we reserve the right to suspend or remove your profile.
Your forafriend.com profile is a way for you to connect with your current supporters, future supporters, and the body of Christ at large (especially the younger ones). It’s a way for you to let people know what God is doing in your part of the world, and invite them to be a part of it. We encourage creativity in how you use your profile. If you have an idea of what to put on it and you’re not sure if you should or you don’t know how, please email us first. We’d also love to hear your ideas on how to continue to improve our platform.
You must maintain your profile by keeping your public information up-to-date. This includes your mission, currently-used relational ministry gifts, links, and optionally pictures, updates, etc. If it appears as though you haven’t changed anything in a while, we’ll check in with you.
Prohibited Profile Items
- We don’t allow soliciting of givers or unfair “competition” with other forafriend missionaries in order to gain more funding. You may tell people that they can contribute to you on forafriend, but you may not discourage them in any way from contributing to others instead.
- You may not misrepresent forafriend in terms of values and our missional agenda.
- You may not put anything on your profile that would endanger the security of another missionary.
- You may not use any means to undermine the usefulness of our website, gain unauthorized access, exploit any vulnerabilities, or engage in any other activity that is malicious towards forafriend our our website.
- You may not use any techniques to redirect visitors to other websites, other than using the “links” area.
- You may not provide any goods or services in exchange for funds received on forafriend.com. They are strictly gifts.
Part of your forafriend.com profile is a list of “gifts” people can send you to help with your ministry. You are asked to maintain a small list of things you use regularly in your relational ministry and assign an approximate cost to each one. Visitors to the site can “buy” one or more of those gifts for you, which involves sending the specified amount of funds to you, with the designation of what it is for. We encourage you to keep this list up-to-date reflecting your current ministry, describing as specifically as possible how each gift will be used by you. Each gift should be under $20. If you’re unsure whether a gift idea you have is suitable for forafriend, please email us and ask. If we deem any of your gifts unsuitable, we may ask you to remove it or remove it ourselves and let you know.
Use of Funds Received
You may receive funds for your ministry through forafriend.com. To line up with our mission as an organization, we require you to use these funds towards relational ministry. Forafriend cannot be used to raise general support or for high dollar items. We are intentionally focused on low-cost relational ministry and that is what we want to encourage and support. No family vacations or new cars. The funds you receive may or may not be designated for a certain gift item that you listed. If they are, you are strongly encouraged to use them for the item they are allocated for. If your ministry needs have changed, or you receive more for one gift type than you can use, those funds should be used for another relational ministry activity, and you should contact the giver(s) to let them know you’ve used the funds in another way. We want to maintain the integrity of our service.
We may changes these terms at any time. If we do, we will notify you via the email address given on your user account. Your continue use of forafriend after this notice indicates your agreement with the new terms. If you do not agree with the new terms, we’d like to know why, so please contact us, but also hide or close your account immediately.
We believe in....
The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which is the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
Christ's bodily resurrection from the dead, his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
Terms of Service
When you give money through forafriend.com you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.
‘forafriend’, ‘forafriend.com’, ‘us’, and ‘we’ refer to Forafriend, Inc. ‘Our website’, ‘the website’, and ‘website’ refer to the content/services on forafriend.com. ‘Missionary’ refers to someone who has a profile on forafriend.com. 'Gift' refers to a payment to forafriend, associated with an intended missionary recipient, and possibly associated with an intended use, and a personal message.
Terms of Your Gift:
Any money you give on forafriend.com is a gift to ForAFriend, Inc. Forafriend has full legal control over all money given through forafriend. 100% of your gift will go toward what we deem as ‘relational ministry’, unless you’ve specified that it should go to our organization to cover our costs.
When you give you will be sent a receipt via email to the email address you give us. This will contain details about your gift and a transaction number which you should reference if you have any questions about your order. You may also receive an email from the missionary when they use your gift.
When you give, the missionary is informed immediately via email of the gift amount, designation, sender (unless you elected to remain anonymous), and your personal message. You can expect your donation to appear as FORAFRIEND.COM on your credit card or bank statement soon after your submission of the gift.
Designation/Payment of Funds:
We do our best to make sure that the money you give goes exactly where you have specified. In extenuating circumstances, such the missionary dying, or the missionary failing to comply with their terms of service, your money may not make it to that missionary. In general, if we discover that this is the case before we have sent your donation to that person, we will refund your card. Otherwise, we will send the funds to another missionary. When missionaries are provided a profile on forafriend.com they agree to use the funds that we give them for the items for which they are designated as much as possible. There are times when this will not be possible because of a change in their situation, a flood of donations for a certain item, or other circumstances. In those cases the missionary agrees to use the funds for other relational ministry expenses or re-gift on forafriend.com. We also suggest the missionary let givers know if they are using it for something different than it was intended for. We do our best to screen and monitor missionaries with profiles, but forafriend will not be held liable for unauthorized or unacceptable use of our website. If you have specified that you would like to “cover your fees”, we (forafriend) will keep the amount specified in your order.
The funds are normally transferred to the missionary’s bank account within 30 days of your transaction. We are not held liable if it takes longer than 30 days, or if the money is not sent to the missionary for any reason. In all cases, we have full control over what is done with your donation, and we are not .
Communication with Missionaries on Forafriend.com:
Communication with missionaries on forafriend through sending a gift or "encouragement" is for personal connections and is not intended for promoting any products, events, or services or for mass communication. Sending the same message to multiple missionaries is considered mass communication. Users who communicate inappropriately may be blocked from using forafriend.com.
Forafriend is a 501c3 non-profit organization, so your donations are tax-deductible.
Disclaimer of Warranties:
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Forafriend, Inc. and its agents, employees, representatives, licensors, affiliates, parents and subsidiaries from and against any and all claims, actions, demands, causes of action and other proceedings arising from or concerning your use of the service (collectively “Claims”), and to reimburse them on demand for any losses, costs, judgments, fees, fines and other expenses they incur (including attorneys’ fees and court costs) as a result of any Claims.
Except if expressly provided otherwise in the terms, the website and service (including without limitation, all content, materials (and material linked thereto), advertisements, links, and emails) is provided to you "as is" and "as available" without warranty of any kind. Forafriend does not guarantee or warranty the accuracy, legality, appropriateness, truthfulness, or other qualities of any materials or the related products, equipment, or services. Forafriend hereby disclaims to the maximum extent permitted by law: all warranties either express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and noninfringement; and other warranties including but not limited to: uninterrupted use; availability of the website; lack of viruses, worms, trojan horses, or code that manifests contaminating or destructive properties; accuracy, completeness, reliability, timeliness, currency, or usefulness of any information provided on or through the website; and any duties of reasonable care, workmanlike effort or lack of negligence in connection with the website. Forafriend is not engaged in the provision of legal, tax, or other professional advice or services and you agree that the website does not contain any legal, tax, or other professional advice.
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We may modify or terminate our services from time to time, for any reason, and without notice or liability to you, any other user or any third party. We reserve the right to revise these terms by updating this posting. Please review these terms from time to time so that you will know about any changes. Use of this service following a change to the terms constitutes agreement to the new terms. If you cannot comply with the amended terms, your only remedy is to cease any future donations.
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We take missionary security very seriously. You should too.
"Why?" you may ask...
Some missionaries have missionary visas so the government knows they're missionaries and all their friends know they're missionaries so they aren't concerned about security. But that's not the case for most missionaries. Many missionaries are in countries that don't give missionary visas or don't want to be known as a "missionary" among the people God's called them to for a variety of reasons. We understand, respect, and honor these concerns. You should too.
What do we do to respect missionaries' concerns?
We've had missionaries' security concerns in mind while creating forafriend. We are dedicated to make this site a blessing to those who can be open about what they're doing and those who can't.
If you're a missionary who has security concerns because of your location or the nature of the work you're doing, here's what we'll do to keep you secure:
- Force your browser to request all pages of our website using https encryption
- Prevent search engines from indexing your profile page and therefore linking your name with forafriend
- Only showing information you've chosen to make public
- Give you the ability to take your profile offline with one click.
- Filter words out of your emails that might possibly create suspicion if your emails are being monitored
You must also take your own precautions according to your needs which can include:
- Using a fake name for your public name OR
- Only posting your continent and not your country
- Not posting any info you want to keep private (such as email addresses, photos, mailing address, etc)
- Keeping your profile non-indexable by search engines (which it already is by default)
What should non-missionary forafriend users know?
We do everything we can do respect missionaries' security concerns, but there's a few things you should keep in mind:
- On forafriend, missionaries who have told us they have security concerns are indicated by a little lock icon. Assume the others don't want the whole world to know everything about them either.
- Never post anything on the internet about a missionary without their permission - even if you found it on the internet originally. This includes forafriend profiles. They are not searchable, but if you copy info to another site that is searchable, that's a problem.
- If you know more about a missionary than they're publicly listing, keep it to yourself. There's a good reason they haven't made it public.
- Pray for the missionaries on forafriend, especially those who are concerned about their security.
Have other ideas for how we can help?
Use the 'Contact' link at the bottom of this page and tell us about it.