MBE Empowerment Fund

Privacy Statement

The MBE Empowerment Fund™ (The Fund) and mbeEmpowermentFund.org are the properties of Virginia Housing and Community Development Corporation (VHCDC), a non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.  VHCDC respects your concerns about privacy and values the relationship we have with you.  This Privacy Statement describes the types of personal information we may collect, how we may use that information, and with whom we may share it.  This Privacy Statement also describes the measures VHCDC may take to protect the security of the information.  In addition, it describes the choices you can make about how we use the information you provide.  It also tells you how you can reach VHCDC to update your contact information, remove your name from any mailing lists, or answer any questions you may have about this Privacy Statement.

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Information We Collect and How We Use It

You may choose to provide personal information (such as your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address) on this website.  Here are the ways you may provide the information and the types of information you may submit.  We also tell you how we may use the information.

E-mail Communications

When you ask us to send you e-mail such as our free e-mail newsletter, you may provide us with certain information like your e-mail address so we can fulfill your request. You may choose to provide additional information as well, such as your postal address and phone number.


When you make a contribution/donation online through our website, you will be asked to submit certain personal information (such as credit card information) so we can process your contribution/donation.  The information you provide will only be used to fulfill the transaction you requested.  We maintain that information (excluding credit card information) in our customer service records in the event you choose to make another donation later. We also maintain your contact information in our records so we can contact you to provide VHCDC program information and information on additional support opportunities.

Questionnaires and Surveys

We occasionally may ask visitors to our website to complete online surveys and opinion polls about their activities, attitudes and interests. These surveys help us understand the needs of our visitors. We do not keep any personal information about you in connection with your participation in a website survey unless you specifically agree to provide this information.

Contact VHCDC

You may choose to contact us through our website.  We provide online forms so you may, for example, (1) ask a question, (2) join our mailing lists, (3) make a contribution/donation, or (3) register for events.  We use the information you provide on these forms to fulfill your request.  We use the information you provide to process your contribution/donation.  We use the information you provide to respond to your inquiries.

Cookies and Web Beacons

When you visit our website, your browser automatically sends us certain Internet-related information (such as the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer you’re using).  We also may use cookies and Web beacons to better understand how visitors use our site.

Cookies are small text files that websites often store on the computer hard drives of visitors to their sites. A cookie contains a unique code, which is used to recognize your computer when a user of your computer returns to a website that was visited previously. Web beacons are Internet tools that help us determine, for example, whether a website page has been viewed. We use cookies and Web beacons to enhance the online experience of our visitors and to better understand how our site is used. Cookies and Web beacons may tell us, for example, whether you have visited our site before or whether you are a new visitor.

Information We Share

VHCDC does not sell, rent, trade, lend, share or otherwise disclose personal information about our website visitors, except as described herein.  We share information provided by our website visitors with service providers we have retained to perform services on our behalf for example, to process donations. These service providers are not authorized by us to use or disclose the information except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or to comply with legal requirements.  In addition, we may disclose information about you (i) if we are required to do so by law, (ii) in response to a request from law enforcement authorities or other government officials, or (iii) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity.

We reserve the right to transfer any information we have about you in the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets. Should such a sale or transfer occur, we will use reasonable efforts to try to direct the transferee to use personal information you have provided through this website in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Notice.

Links to Other Sites

Occasionally VHCDC provide links to other websites for your convenience and information.  These sites operate independently from our site and are not under our control.  These sites may have their own privacy notices in place, which we strongly suggest you review if you visit any linked websites.  We are not responsible for the content of these sites, any products or services that may be offered through these sites, or any other use of these sites.


We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, alteration or destruction of the personal information in our possession.  When you provide credit card information to make a donation, we use PayPal -- a third-party credit card processor -- to help protect the information you provide.  PayPal allows members to send money without sharing financial information with us.  This service uses an Internet encryption standard that scrambles data as it travels from your computer to their server.  Please note, however, that perfect security does not exist on the Internet.  You’ll know that your connection is secure when a “lock” icon appears on your screen and the “http” portion of the URL address changes to “https.” The “s” stands for “secure.”

Your Choices

If you would like to update your contact information or prefer not to receive certain communications from us (such as e-mail), please contact us or visit www.vhcdc.org

Updates to this Privacy Notice

We may change or update portions of this Privacy Statement at any time and without prior notice to you.  Please check back from time to time so you are aware of any changes or updates to the Notice.  We will indicate below the effective date of the Notice.

How to Contact Us

If you would like us to update your contact information or remove your name from our e-mail or postal mailing lists, or if you have any questions about our information practices, please contact us.