Our cookies make things better

When you come to our site, our cookies ensure that your experience is better, by making your visit quicker, easier and more relevant to you.   They’re there already as you’re on our site and by staying on our website, you’re agreeing that you’re happy about this

When you come to our site, we will remind you that the site uses cookies.

Cookies are really useful for example, they help our website tick, by storing your details so you don’t have to log in each time or saving your preferences so we can ensure only relevant content is made available to you.

Here’s some more information:

1. Introduction

1.1 For Good Causes uses cookies for lots of things, including ensuring that our website works effectively so users have the best experience, remembering your preferences and gathering data on the users of our website and our services.

1.2 By using our website (through any device) you agree that this Cookies Policy, and also our Privacy Policy and Terms, applies to that use.

1.3 Your information is precious and so we are committed to protecting you and any information (anonymous or otherwise) that we collect about you online. This section tells you about how and why we use cookies, and how this allows us to improve our service.

1.4 If you would like us not to set cookies in your browser, you can disable or remove the cookies. Details on how to do this are in section 5 below. Sorry, but you won’t be able to use our website or the associated services if you do not accept our use of cookies.

1.5 We reserve the right to make changes to our Cookies Policy. We will keep this page updated with these changes and also let you know by email if appropriate. Please check back here for details of updates or changes to our Cookies Policy. Your continued use of our website is taken as your agreement to any such changes.

2. About cookies

2.1        Cookies are files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to the device you use when you visit a website. Your web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari) then sends these cookies back to our website [or application] on each subsequent visit. Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you.

2.2        We and our reputable third party service providers use the information we obtain about you through the use of cookies for the following purposes:

2.2.1   To recognise your device(s) when you visit our website;

2.2.2   To remember if you’ve set any preferences on our website;

2.2.3   To temporarily store data as part of, for example, customer surveys;

2.2.4   To test new content and evaluate its effectiveness;

2.2.5   To remember if you’ve been informed of our Cookies Policy, Privacy Policy and other Terms;

2.2.6   To track you as you navigate our website (including tracking page usage and paths used by visitors through our website; and tracking use of our Internet banner advertisements and other links from our marketing partners’ websites to our website);

2.2.7   To improve our website’s usability;

2.2.8   To allow you to share pages with social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter / to support social media components, like Facebook or Twitter (where our website uses a plugin from these third party platforms);

2.2.9   To ensure you don’t miss information that is relevant to you (including targeting our website content, targeting our marketing campaigns and direct marketing emails, targeting our Internet banner advertisements on our website and on other websites);

2.2.10  To analyse use of our website (including for statistical analysis, sales and marketing research).

To stop us setting these cookies you will need to set up your browser to reject all cookies (see Section 5 below).

2.3        We may also combine this web usage data with other information we have collected about you. We store this information so that we have a better and more specific understanding of the way users are using our website, and their preferences and interests, for the purposes set out above.

2.4        Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies, depending on how long they are used.

2.5        Persistent cookies remain on your device after you have closed your browser, and allow a website to remember your actions and preferences. They are activated each time you visit the website where the cookie was generated. Sometimes persistent cookies are used by websites to provide targeted advertising based on the browsing history of the device. They are stored by the browser and remain valid until their set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date).

2.6        Session cookies only last for the duration of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser. They facilitate tasks such as allowing a website to identify that a user of a particular device is navigating from page to page, supporting website security or basic functionality.

2.7        Many of the cookies we use are session cookies. For example, they help us to ensure the security of your session, and can also keep you signed in to your For Good Causes  account while you move between pages.

3. More about the cookies we use

3.1        Whether a cookie is a first or third party cookie depends on which website the cookie comes from. First party cookies are those set by or on behalf of the website visited. All other cookies are third party cookies. We use both first party and third party cookies

In some cases, some of these cookies are managed for us by third parties, but we don’t allow the third party to use the cookies for any purpose other than those listed above.

3.2        Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website such as your For Good Causes account.

3.3        Performance cookies: They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

3.4        Functionality cookies These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

3.5        Analytics cookies: In order to keep our products and services easy to use and up-to-date, we use web analytics services to help us understand how people use our website. For example we can see which parts of our services are most popular, identify when errors occur and test different versions of a page or feature to see which one works best. These web analytics services may be designed and operated by other companies on our behalf. They do this using small invisible images known as “web beacons” or “tracking pixels” that may be included in the digital products and services on our website. These are used for example to count the number of times something has been seen. These web beacons are anonymous and do not contain or collect any information that identifies you.

3.6        Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose. We use retargeting and online behavioural advertising to market For Good Causes which employs targeting cookies to deliver you more targeted advertising.

3.7        By using our website, you agree that we can place the above types of cookies on your device.

4. Cookies we use

Below is a full list of the cookies we use together with a description of what they are used for, and whether they are ‘first’ or ‘third’ party. Where a cookie is a third party cookie, please visit the providers’ website for more information.

Cookie Cookie Name Type Description
WordPress wordpress_[hash] Strictly necessary Stores hash of your authentication details allowing you to log in to the site
WordPress wordpress_logged_in Strictly necessary Records the fact that you are logged into the site so we can customise the experience for you.
WordPress wp-settings-(time)-[UiD] Strictly necessary The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.
Google Analytics _ga, _gid Analytics Used to distinguish users.
Google Analytics AMP_TOKEN Analytics Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.

5. Turning cookies off

5.1        In all modern browsers you may choose to reject cookies and/or enable do not track features (see below) and we provide instructions on how to do this below. Please note however that if you reject cookies you will not be able to use our service.

5.2        If you do wish to stop your browser from accepting cookies, see the following pages:

5.3.1   Safari: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042

5.3.2   Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647&p=cpn_cookies

5.3.3   Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/block-or-allow-cookies

5.3.4   Mozilla Firefox: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences

6. Contact us

If you have any questions about our cookies or this Cookies Policy, please contact us at contact@forgoodcauses.org

7. Further reading

7.1        For more information about cookies see the links below.

7.1.1   The BBC Web Wise guide to cookies: http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/about-cookies

7.1.2   The ICO cookie guide:

https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1545/cookies_guidance.pdf

7.1.3   A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the Internet Advertising Bureau.  It can be downloaded at: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/download-guide