Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

Start A Snowball, Inc. Privacy Policy

Simply Put:

We collect personal information from our users for one purpose: to run our website and programming.

We do not share any of our users’ personal information.

Effective Date: November 20, 2013

At Start A Snowball (“SAS,” “we,” or “us”), your right to privacy is a primary concern. This privacy policy explains how the information you provide to us during your use of (the “Website”) is protected by us. By using this website, you consent to the collection and use of your information in accordance with the terms of this privacy policy.

Changes to the Terms of this Policy

Prior to updating or modifying this privacy policy, we will send an email to the email address on file, notifying you that a change has been made to this privacy policy. The email will include a summary of the changes that will be made and the effective date of these changes. Your continued use of the Website after the effective date of the new privacy policy constitutes your acceptance of the new terms. Please review the Terms for Children and Parents/Guardians of Children under 13 section of this privacy policy for terms related to accepting new terms applicable to children under 13.

Use of the Website by Children under Age 13

After reading the General Privacy Policy Terms, please see the Terms for Children and Parents/Guardians of Children under 13 section of this privacy policy that apply to children under age 13.

General Privacy Policy Terms

Personal Information We Collect

This Website may be used without submitting any personal information. However, participation in certain online activities requires that all users “join Start A Snowball” by registering and creating a free Start A Snowball user account. Signing up for Start A Snowball programs might require the disclosure of additional information beyond what is required to “join Start A Snowball.” Please note: we do not require disclosure of more information than is reasonably necessary in order for users to use any function on the Website.

There are several areas on our Website where we request information from you.  If you register to use any limited access portion of the Website, we use the information you provide to deliver the services that you request.  We will only collect your personal information, including name, address, email address and other demographic details when you provide it to us, and it will only be used for the purposes for which you provide it. If you are a registered user your information will be stored in the “user account” section which can be viewed by you after you log-in. The information you provide to us will be kept confidential. In the event that you choose to contact us via the links provided on the website, any information you have stored in your signature block may be uploaded into the email and sent to us. You acknowledge that this information is sent to us voluntarily.

We collect your information as follows:

  • Your contact information (including without limitation, name, address, email address and demographic information) is collected when you register to use the Website, complete on-line surveys and when you sign up to participate in incentive programs and contests;
  • Certain personally identifiable information is requested when you downloadable materials and review certain content;
  • When you make comments, when you participate in the blogs and shared stories certain personally identifiable information will be collected;
  • We may collect information, such as your name and e-mail address whenever you submit a question or suggestion to us or request assistance from us.

Non-Personal Information We Collect- Use of Cookies, IP Address and Other Aggregate Data

“Cookies” are small text files that are either used for the duration of a session (‘session cookies’), or saved on a user’s hard drive in order to identify that user the next time he/she logs on to the Website (‘persistent cookies’).

The Website uses cookies to store data about your visit. You may configure your web browser to prevent cookies from being set on your computer. Cookies help us learn which areas of our Website are useful to you and which areas need improvement. We also use cookies to save your password so you don’t have to re-enter it each time you visit our Website.

We may also gather anonymous, or aggregate, information, which may be used by us or shared with third parties. This is information does not personally identify you, but may be helpful for marketing purposes or for improving the services we offer. Generally, this information is collected through “traffic data” and may entail the use of numeric codes used to identify a computer.

We may also use your IP address (the number assigned to your computer while it is on the Internet) to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our Website. If you download materials from the Website, your IP address may be used to help identify your computer and your online history and to gather broad demographic information.

Use of Your Information

Except as explained in this privacy policy, the information that you provide to us through the Website will not be sold, shared, or rented to any outside organization for its use in marketing or solicitation. We may share aggregated customer information such as statistics about our customers, traffic patterns and related site information, with our business partners and other reputable vendors, but such aggregated information will not contain any personally identifying information of any users of the Website. Additionally, we may disclose or access your account information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.

Your Right to Choose

Any information that Start A Snowball collects from you on the Website is information that you specifically and voluntarily provide. You may choose not to provide any or all of the information that is requested on the Website. By so choosing, however, you may limit your ability to receive some or all of the services generally offered to users of the Website.  In the event that you no longer want us to process or utilize your information, please contact us via email at

Access to Your Information

Upon request, we will take reasonable efforts to provide you with access to your information to review it for accuracy and make any modifications that you deem appropriate. You may contact us at email at

Required Disclosures

We may disclose personally identifiable information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Start A Snowball; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Start A Snowball or the users of this Website, and (c) take necessary action to protect the personal safety of the Website’s users.

Public Forms

We may make various public forums (such as blogs, comments, and content reviews) and functions available to all registered users. During these activities, registered users will have the option to add additional personal information that is beyond the information gathered at registration. Any information you choose to share when using any of these forums or functions becomes public information. You should exercise caution in deciding whether to disclose such information.

You acknowledge and agree that Start A Snowball will own and have the unrestricted right to use, publish, in electronic form and otherwise, distribute and exploit any and all information that you post or otherwise publish on this Website (“Submissions”). You hereby waive any and all claims against Start A Snowball for any alleged or actual infringements of any rights of privacy or publicity, moral rights, rights of attribution or any other intellectual property rights in connection with Start A Snowball’s use and publication of such Submissions.

Start A Snowball does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any Submissions displayed, uploaded, posted on any message board, or otherwise distributed through this Website by any user of this Website, information provider or any other third party. Start A Snowball expressly disclaims any and all liability related to Submissions and you acknowledge that any reliance upon such Submissions will be at your sole risk.

You agree that you will not post or otherwise publish on the Website any materials that: (i) are threatening, libelous, defamatory, or obscene; (ii) would constitute, or that encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate law; (iii) infringe the intellectual property, privacy, or other rights of any third parties; (iv) contain a computer virus or other destructive element; (v) contain advertising; or (vi) constitute or contain false or misleading statements. Start A Snowball in its sole discretion reserves the right to refuse to post and the right to remove any information or Submission from this Site, in whole or in part, for any reason.

External Links

We may provide links to external websites whose content we believe might be of interest to our visitors. This privacy policy, however, does not apply to third party websites that may be accessible though our Website. We do not control the privacy practices of these external websites and we do not conduct ongoing reviews of their privacy practices. These external websites might collect personally identifiable information from visitors. Before using these websites, we recommend that you review their user agreements and privacy policies to learn how they may collect and use information about you. Children should always check with their parents or teachers before clicking onto any new websites.

Security Measures

We strive to protect the privacy of the information that you share with us.  We have undertaken reasonable efforts to implement security measures designed to protect all data we collect against unauthorized access. We utilize encrypted authentication technology when you login to the Website in an effort to provide a secure environment that is protected from third party access, alteration, theft or misuse of the personal information gathered or confirmed at registration.

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  As a result, although we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of the information that you submit to us via the Site and you do so at your own risk. We also implement measures to protect your personal information off-line.

Transfer of Business Assets

As part of our business strategy, we might acquire, buy or merge with other businesses or assets.  In such transactions, customer information generally is one of the transferred business assets.  Also, in the event that Start A Snowball or substantially all of its assets are acquired, both personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information will be one of the transferred assets.

Your Questions and Comments

We invite you to learn more about us.  Please visit our website at If you have any questions about our privacy policy, please contact us email at

Terms for Children and Parents/Guardians of Children under 13 

Protection of Children’s Information

It is our intention to make this Website a safe environment on the Internet for children, youth, and adults to explore volunteering and community service. We involve parents and legal guardians in, and to keep them informed of, the online activities of their children.

In compliance with The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, Start A Snowball endeavors to  make sure that all parents/guardians are informed about how we collect, use, and disclose any and all personal information collected from children under the age of 13. At this time SAS requires that in order for users to share personally identifiable information users be 13 years of age or older.

Children of all ages may view and explore the Website without submitting any personal information. However, participation in certain online activities (including submitting a story about volunteer experiences) requires that users  be 13 years of age or older and attest to that prior to submitting a form.

Please note: To share a story or apply for a grant all users must be 13 years of age or older. For anyone under the age of 13 they will need their parent’s help to complete these forms

We will use personally identifiable information from our online form submittal to send  users information about this Website, Start A Snowball and its various projects and initiatives, or to communicate with users about a project in which you are participating..

Modifications or Changes to this Privacy Policy

Prior to updating or modifying this privacy policy, we will send an email to the email address for the parent/guardian on file, notifying you that a change has been made to this privacy policy. The email will include a summary of the changes that will be made and the effective date of these changes. The mail will also include a link that allows you to accept the changes to the privacy policy. You will be required to accept these terms before your child can log-in to the registered portions of this Website after the effective date. Your child will not be able to log-in to the registered portions of the Website unless you accept the new terms of the privacy policy.

Useful Links on Internet Privacy 



Start A Snowball Terms of Use 

You take full responsibility for anything that happens while using our materials.

Kids and teens under 18 years old promise to get guardian’s permission before carrying out any service project.

You promise to use this site to increase and improve youth service in the world.

You will get the permission of all individuals in a photo or video before sharing it with us and giving us permission to use it.

You will follow our brand guidelines when using our brand and get permission from us before using it.

Anything you share on our site must be authentic and original. No lying about numbers, no copyright infringement, no plagiarizing.

You can share our content on social media, print and make copies for non-profit use–but you may not tamper with any materials, and you must always give us credit.