The Grizzly Bear Foundation aims to conserve and protect, through research, education and conservation, the welfare and sustainability of grizzly bears. To carry out our mission, it's important to communicate with you. And we're committed to respecting our relationship with you, whether close or distant.

This privacy policy reflects our best efforts to maintain this respect, and explains how we collect, use and safeguard your personal information.

Information we collect and how we use it

Personal information

"Personal Information" is any information that can be used to identify (or infer the identity of) a specific person, including, for example, your name, address, birth date, etc. In some cases, your device’s IP address can be considered personal information, as it may give some indication of your geographic location.

We may ask you for personal information in a variety of ways, including website forms, surveys, mail-in forms, over the phone and in person.

There are a range of reasons why we may ask you for this information, including: to process a donation or registration; to fulfill your subscription to an e-newsletter; to allow you to send letters via our online platform; to invite you to events; or to provide other information about the Foundation which may interest you. We may also contact you by mail, email or phone about opportunities to donate in support of our work.

Your choice to provide us with your personal information is at your discretion. You may always elect to withhold information. In some cases, we will require your personal information in order to fulfill something you've asked of us. For example, when you make a donation, we're required by law to take your full name and mailing address in order to send you a charitable tax receipt.

Cookies and data technology

We use cookies and other technology on our website to make them easier to use and so that we can learn about how you use them. Information collected this way may include your IP address and internet service provider, the type of web browser and operating system you used and which of our website pages you visited. We use links in our emails to track open and click through rates to help us learn what emails appeal to you most.

In some cases, interacting with our website, social media accounts or emails provides us with "anonymous" data, such as IP address, link clicks, page visits, the time spent on a page, etc. We use Google Analytics on our website to learn where you are, when you're using our site and what content you find most interesting.

We may also use third party cookies, beacons and other storage technologies to understand what website content is most important to you so that we can measure our performance and target sponsored and unsponsored content to you on those third party platforms. For example, we use Facebook's tracking pixel to learn about what content you are interested in on our website so that we can serve only our most relevant advertising to you on Facebook. You can opt out from such Facebook advertising by clicking "Why am I seeing this?" on our Facebook ads, clicking "Options" and then selecting "Hide all ads from this advertiser".

Use of third parties

In many cases, we don't actually collect and store personal information in our systems, but instead use a third party.  Such services have resources dedicated to maintaining security and confidentiality, and we ensure that any third party partner has written policies about never sharing your information with anyone other than the Grizzly Bear Foundation.

Donation and credit card information

In order to donate to us, you may need to provide your credit card information. In the case of donations made online, the Foundation does not collect your credit card information. Instead, this information is collected and processed by third party. We use an app called Bold to collect your payment information, which is processed through our Stripe account. We do not store your credit card information at all, only collect your name, address and other information necessary to issue you a charitable receipt.

What you need to know about consent

By providing personal information to us, you allow "deemed" consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your information in accordance with this policy.

When you provide contact information to us for one purpose, we may contact you using that information for other areas of our work. For example, if you make a donation and provide us with your mailing address, we may also send a paper newsletter to your home in order to keep you up-to-date with work you've helped make happen.

We respect your right to control your personal information — please contact us immediately if you want us to stop using it in any particular way.

We may be unable to provide you with certain information or services if you do not give us specific personal information. For example, we cannot issue you a charitable tax receipt if you don't provide your address, or send you an e-newsletter if you don't share your email address.

Updating your consent and opting out

With respect to our e-newsletter, you may unsubscribe any time via the links at the bottom. If you prefer that we do not use your phone number, mailing or email address for communication purposes outside that you provided it for, you can always let us know that and we will note and respect your preferences immediately.

Ways to prevent us from collecting "anonymous" data

Our websites use cookies and JavaScript-based tracking scripts to collect the anonymous data referred to above. To stop this from happening, adjust your web browser's "cookie", "cache" and JavaScript settings. Please note that doing so may affect the performance of our web properties, and in some cases may completely prevent you from using some of our pages and forms.

Information we share

In order to communicate with you, we may sometimes work with external organizations and have them contact you on our behalf. We require them to take measures to properly safeguard your information and only use it for the purpose specified by us, in a manner consistent with this policy. We sometimes send personal information to outside organizations who help us better communicate with you. For example, we use an email tool to send out our e-newsletters. We only work with organizations that have comprehensive security and confidentiality policies, including written policies that do not allow them to use or share your information with anyone other than the Grizzly Bear Foundation.

We do not sell, trade, share or exchange email or mailing addresses, names or phone numbers with other organizations.

How we keep your information secure

We endeavour to maintain appropriate physical, procedural and technical safeguards for your personal information. Some information we collect may be stored and processed on servers located outside your jurisdiction of residence, including outside your country. As a result, this information may be subject to disclosure to governments, courts or law enforcement agencies in those areas, according to their laws, without notice to us or you.

Policy updates and changes

We may change this policy from time to time without notice. Changes will be reflected on this page. The last update was February 2017.

Commenting policies

We welcome all constructive comments and ideas, but we require that all users are respectful. Hateful language will not be tolerated. All comments on our blog will be reviewed by staff prior to posting publicly, and published at our discretion.

Need more information?

For further information, please contact us by email at

This document is available to the public and explains how we collect, use and disclose information, in accordance with this policy, the Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act, the Personal Information Protection Act and other relevant legislation.