Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us and we provide this notice explaining our information practices and the choices you can make about the collection and use of personal information by The Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU). By using this website, you accept this Policy.  

Location of Servers and Transfer of Information to the United States

This website is hosted by servers in the United States.  Accordingly, if you are located outside of the United States, your information will be transferred to the United States. By submitting your information, you consent to its transfer to the United States and to its storage, processing, and use there in accordance with this Policy.

Information Collection

At times we may we ask that you provide us with certain personally identifiable information: to fulfill your requests for information, address your questions about our activities, and allow for an online grant application process. TMU collects your information (which may include your name, physical and email addresses, the information you provide us about you and your project through the online application process, and so forth) on the website only when you voluntarily submit it. For example, when you register to receive our monthly Grantee Voices newsletter; when you submit user content; and when you submit an online application in connection with applying for a grant from us. 

Use and Disclosure of Collected Information

We use your information for the purposes for which you provide it. We use your personally identifiable information to provide the information or content you have requested (e.g., process, fulfill and follow up on questions regarding our services or answer your e-mails). Our employees who have access to personally identifiable information are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this privacy notice by, for example, not using the information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for us.

If you submit an online Letter of Inquiry or Final Application, we use your information and other information you provide to determine if your organization and proposed project fall within our program areas and are of sufficient interest to warrant follow-up. Such follow-up may include research on your organization and its principals. If we decline your inquiry, a summary of the information you provide is presented to our board and retained in our records. 

We may also use your information to contact you about updates to the website or other information we believe you may find of interest. 

Our service providers, such as those who facilitate features of the website for us, may have access to your information. We will not share, rent, or sell your information to any third parties for marketing or other commercial purposes.  

TMU strives to protect the transmission of your information, but no transmission of data is completely secure, and submission is at your risk. 

In addition, we may disclose personally identifiable information collected about you at this site in the following instances:

Legal Action:  We may disclose information about our users, including personally identifiable information, when legally required to do so, at the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation, to verify or enforce compliance with the policies governing our website and applicable laws, or to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our website.  We also may disclose user information whenever we believe disclosure is necessary to limit our legal liability; to protect or defend our rights or property; or protect the safety, rights, or property of our users.

Collection of Information by Third-Party Sites and Sponsors

Some of our web pages may contain links to other sites whose information practices may be different than ours.  Visitors should consult the other sites’ privacy notices as we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties.

We may sometimes offer content that is sponsored by or co-branded with identified third parties.  By virtue of these relationships, the third parties may obtain personally identifiable information that visitors voluntarily submit to participate in the site activity.  We have no control over these third parties’ use of this information.  We will notify you at the time of requesting personally identifiable information if these third parties will obtain such information.


To enhance your experience with our site, we may use “cookies.”  Cookies are text files we place in your computer’s browser to store your preferences.  We use cookies to understand site usage and to improve the content and offerings on our site.  TMU does not link the anonymous data collected on the Site to the personal information of an individual visitor.

You may adjust your browser to reject cookies from us or from any other website.  Please consult the “Help” section of your browser for more information.  However, certain areas of our site may be accessed only in conjunction with cookies or similar devices and you should be aware that disabling cookies or similar devices might prevent you from accessing some of our content.

Data Security

We have put in place certain safeguards to help prevent unauthorized access and maintain data security. Neither TMU nor its service providers, however, can guarantee that any transmission of personal information over the internet is secure, and you use the Site at your own risk.


TMU does not knowingly collect information on the Site from children under the age of 13. If we ever learn that we have collected any personally identifiable information from a child under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you are a parent or guardian and believe that your child under age 13 may have provided personally identifiable information through the website without your consent, please contact us at

Use of Site and Its Contents.

(A)   Lawful Purposes.  You may not use the website or any of its contents for any unlawful purposes or in any way that would violate (i) any applicable law or regulation or (ii) the rights of TMU or any third party.

(B)   CopyrightUse of the website's contents.  TMU or its licensors own all rights, including copyright, in the website’s contents.  Without prior written authorization from us, you may not reproduce, distribute, modify, publicly display or perform the website’s content.  Without such authorization, you may also not incorporate into a database or compilation, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer, or otherwise use any of the website’s computer programs.

(C)   Access from other Countries.  TMU expressly disclaims any representation, warranty, or covenant that the website or any of its contents are appropriate in locations outside the United States. If you choose to access the website from other locations, you do so at your own risk and are solely responsible for compliance with all applicable laws. You may not access the website from any location where doing so would be illegal.

Limitation of Liability

TMU and its directors, officers, employees, and agents are not liable for any claim of any nature whatsoever based on loss or injury because of errors, omissions, interruptions, or inaccuracies in the website or its contents, including loss or injury that results from your breach of any provision of this policy.

Under no circumstances will TMU or its directors, officers, employees, or agents be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special, punitive, exemplary, or statutory damages (including lost revenues or profits, loss of business or loss of data) arising out of or in connection with your use of the website, its contents, or this policy (even if TMU has been advised of the possibility of such damages and no matter if the alleged liability is based on contract, tort (including negligence of any kind), strict liability or any other legal or equitable theory). You specifically acknowledge that the TMU shall not be liable for your submission of contents or the defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of any third party and that risk of harm or damage from the foregoing rests entirely with you.  

Some states do not allow the limitation of liability for certain kinds of damages, so some of these limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.

Changes to Privacy Policy

We may, from time to time, update this privacy notice.  We will post material changes to our website, so we encourage you to check back periodically. 


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at:

Effective Date:  This notice was updated on or about March 2021