Northeast Arc values your privacy whether you are a casual visitor, a donor, a constituent, employee, or a professional provider (“you” unless the context applies to a specific category such as donor). In this Privacy Disclosure (“Disclosure”), we describe how we collect, use, and disclose information that we obtain through our website ne-arc.org and related sites linking this Disclosure (individually and collectively, the “site”), the services available through our site (collectively, the “services”), and how we use and disclose that information.

By visiting the site or using any of our services, you agree that your personal information will be handled as described in this Disclosure. Your use of our site or services, and any dispute over privacy, is subject to this Disclosure and our Terms of Service, including its applicable limitations on damages and the resolution of disputes. The Terms of Service are incorporated by reference into this Disclosure.

Note: This Disclosure is solely related to the Northeast Arc website. To read our Notice of Privacy Practice for protected health information, please click here.


We may collect information about you directly from you and from third parties, as well as automatically through your use of our site or services.

Information We Collect Directly From You

When you sign up to receive updates from Northeast Arc or donate to Northeast Arc, , we ask you to fill out a form that requests your name, address and e-mail address, and telephone, as well as some demographic information such as gender, age, and depending on the context some information about your family. We also may collect additional optional information from you, including for example payment details from donors and credentials/experience information from professional providers.

Information We Collect Automatically

When you visit our site (for example, ne-arc.org) we automatically log your IP address, your browser type and your access times. We utilize this information to conduct site performance evaluations, to see where visitors are coming from and to keep track of click stream data (the screens our users visit on our site). This data helps us to determine what content our website visitors find most appealing so that we can maximize your usage of the Site. To opt out of the collection of this demographic information from Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, you can use the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

We may also automatically collect the following information about your use of our site or services through cookies, web beacons, and other technologies: your domain name; your browser type and operating system; web pages you view; links you click; your IP address; the length of time you visit our site and or use our services; and the referring URL, or the webpage that led you to our site. We may combine this information with other information that we have collected about you, including, where applicable, your user name, name, and other personal information. Please see the section “Cookies and Other Tracking Mechanisms” below for more information.


We and our third-party service providers may use cookies and other tracking mechanisms to track information about your use of our site or services. We may combine this information with other personal information we collect from you (and our third-party service providers may do so on our behalf).


Currently, our systems do not recognize browser “do-not-track” requests. You may, however, disable certain tracking as discussed in this section (e.g., by disabling cookies); you also may opt-out of targeted advertising by following the instructions in the Third-Party Ad Network section.


Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser for record-keeping purposes. Some cookies allow us to make it easier for you to navigate our site and services, while others are used to enable a faster log-in process or to allow us to track your activities at our site and service. The ability to select or download information on our site is not cookie-driven. There are two types of cookies: session and persistent cookies.

  • Session Cookies

Session cookies exist only during an online session. They disappear from your computer when you close your browser or turn off your computer. We use session cookies to allow our systems to uniquely identify you during a session or while you are logged into the site. This allows us to process your online transactions and requests and verify your identity, after you have logged in, as you move through our site.

  • Persistent Cookies

Persistent cookies remain on your computer after you have closed your browser or turned off your computer. We use persistent cookies to track aggregate and statistical information about user activity, and to display advertising both on our site and on third-party sites.

Disabling Cookies

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in the future. The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your computer from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Visitors to our site who disable cookies will be able to browse certain areas of the site, but some features may not function.

Clear GIFs, pixel tags and other technologies

Clear GIFs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on your computer’s hard drive, clear GIFs are embedded invisibly on web pages. We may use clear GIFs (a.k.a. web beacons, web bugs or pixel tags), in connection with our site to, among other things, track the activities of site visitors, help us manage content, and compile statistics about site usage. We and our third-party service providers also use clear GIFs in HTML e-mails to our customers, to help us track e-mail response rates, identify when our e-mails are viewed, and track whether our e-mails are forwarded.

Third-Party Analytics

We use automated devices and applications, such as Google Analytics, to evaluate usage of our site and, to the extent permitted. We also may use other analytic means to evaluate our services. We use these tools to help us improve our services, performance, and user experiences. These entities may use cookies and other tracking technologies to perform their services. We do not share your personal information with these third parties. To opt out of the collection of this demographic information from Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, you can use the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.


We use your information, including your personal information, for the following purposes:

  • To provide our services to you, to communicate with you about your use of our services, to respond to your inquiries or request for a referral, to process your donations, and to fulfill your orders.
  • To tailor the content and information that we may send or display to you, to offer location customization, and personalized help and instructions, and to otherwise personalize your experiences while using the site or our services.
  • For marketing, issue awareness and fundraising purposes. For example, we may use your information, such as your email address, to send you news and newsletters, to solicit your support, or to otherwise contact you about products or information we think may interest you. From time to time we may send out email messages soliciting your support, prompting a call to action, or alerting you of what’s new at Northeast Arc. In addition, you may receive communications from us if you have contacted us for a particular reason, and/or to receive the information or service you have requested.
  • To better understand how you access and use our site and services, both on an aggregated and individualized basis, in order to improve our site and services and respond to your desires and preferences, and for other research and analytical purposes.
  • Your name and address information is used solely to process your donation, event registration, newsletter sign-up, or request for information and referral.
  • Your demographic information (gender, age, etc.) is used for several purposes: Demographic information may be provided back to our corporate partners or third parties in an aggregated way. For example, we may tell a partner that 25% of you are male, while 75% are female. We never release individual demographics to any party. Northeast Arc uses demographic information in aggregate terms for reporting purposes – annual reports, funding sources, charity-watch agencies.


Your personal information will never be sold, given, rented, or traded to others. We may share your information, including personal information, as follows:

  • Affiliates

We may disclose the information we collect from you to our affiliates or subsidiaries; however, if we do so, their use and disclosure of your personally identifiable information will be subject to this Disclosure.

  • Service Providers

We may disclose the information we collect from you to third-party vendors, service providers, contractors, or agents who perform functions on our behalf. Northeast Arc utilizes the services of intermediaries – United Parcel Service (UPS), FedEx, and various direct mail firms to process and/or send out to our member solicitations, newsletters, and other materials. To our knowledge, these intermediaries do not store, retain, or use the information in any way. These parties are contractually obligated with Northeast Arc to use your information only for the purpose of communicating these opportunities.

  • Business Transfers

If we are acquired by or merged with another organization, if substantially all of our assets are transferred to another organization, or as part of a bankruptcy proceeding, we may transfer the information we have collected from you to the other organization.

  • In Response to Legal Process

We also may disclose the information we collect from you in order to comply with the law, a judicial proceeding, court order, or other legal process, such as in response to a court order or a subpoena.

  • To Protect Us and Others

We also may disclose the information we collect from you where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person, violations of our Terms of Use or this Disclosure, or as evidence in litigation in which The Arc is involved.

  • Aggregate and De-Identified Information

We may share demographic information in aggregate terms for reporting purposes (such as annual reports, funding sources, charity-watch agencies), research, or similar purposes.


We may invite you to post content on our site and provide responses to our blog, including your comments, pictures, and any other information that you would like to be available on our site. If you post content to our site, all of the information that you post will be available to other users. If you post your own content on our site or services, your posting may become public and we cannot prevent such information from being used in a manner that may violate this Privacy, the law, or your personal privacy.


Our site and services may contain links to third-party websites. Any access to and use of such linked websites is not governed by this Disclosure, but instead is governed by the privacy policies of those third-party websites. These sites may independently collect or request information about you and we encourage you to read the privacy statements of these linked sites as their Privacy Disclosure may differ from ours. We are not responsible for the information practices of such third-party websites.


We have implemented commercially reasonable precautions to protect the information we collect from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. All employees must learn and obey our security policies. Access to your personal information is limited to key management personnel and relevant staff. The information is ID and password protected. Our site security is reviewed regularly. Please be aware that despite our efforts, no data security measures can guarantee 100% security.

You should take steps to protect against unauthorized access to your password, phone, and computer by, among other things, signing off after using a shared computer, choosing a robust password that nobody else knows or can easily guess, and keeping your log-in and password private. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or compromised passwords or for any activity on your account via unauthorized password activity.

When you make a financial or in-kind donation, you provide your name and contact information. Financial donors provide standard payment information, which may include credit card information. We use industry standard safeguards to protect your credit cards information and comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). We take a number of measures to protect the security of credit card transactions such as encryption, access controls, network firewalls, and physical security. These measures make it extremely difficult for anyone to intercept the credit card information you send to us. When we work with other companies to process credit card transactions, those companies also use encryption and other appropriate security measures.


You may modify personal information that you have submitted by contacting Northeast Arc directly at info@ne-arc.org.


If you do not want your personally identifiable information collected or stored, please do not submit it to us. If you have already submitted personal information and would like us to correct or remove your information from our records, please contact us at info@ne-arc.org.

We may send periodic solicitations or informational emails to you. You may opt-out of such communications by following the opt-out instructions contained in the e-mail. Please note that it may take up to 10 business days for us to process opt-out requests. If you opt-out of receiving emails about recommendations or other information we think may interest you, we may still send you e-mails about your account or any services you have requested or received from us.


The site is not directed at and should not be used by children under the age of 13. We support and comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Northeast Arc does not solicit or collect personal information from children under the age of 13. By registering for the site and/or services, you represent and warrant that you are over 13 years of age.


This Disclosure is current as of the Effective Date set forth above. We may change this Disclosure from time to time, so please be sure to check back periodically. If we make any material changes in our privacy practices or in how we use your personally identifiable information, we will post a prominent notice on our site prior to implementation of the change.


If you have questions about the privacy aspects of our services, would prefer not to receive updates or requests for donations, or would like to make a complaint about this Disclosure, please contact us at:

By Mail

1 Southside Road

Danvers, MA 01923

By Phone

(978) 762-4878

By Email