Innovation for Scalable Impact

Privacy Policy & Terms of Use

  • Last revised Jan 2020

Thank you for visiting a Web site that is operated by the Deshpande Foundation (the “Foundation”). By using any of the Web sites operated by the Foundation or its affiliated entities that is linked to this page (the “Sites”) you acknowledge that you have read and are bound by the following Terms, as well as any other Foundation network usage agreements that may govern your conduct. Please do not hesitate to contact the Foundation at the address set forth below if you have questions. If you have questions about this policy, you may e-mail the Foundation with your question here 

Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability

Unless specifically stated, nothing contained in or through the Sites other than these legal provisions constitutes, nor is intended to constitute, an offer, inducement, promise, or contract of any kind.

The content provided on the Sites is presented as a courtesy to be used only for informational purposes and is not represented to be error free. The Foundation makes no representations or warranties of any kind with respect to the Sites or their content, such representations and warranties being expressly disclaimed. The Foundation does not warrant that the functions contained in the material will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that the Sites or the servers that make them available are free of viruses or other harmful components.

Moreover, the Foundation does not represent or warrant that the content of its Sites is accurate, complete, or current for any specific or particular purpose or application. The Sites are not intended to provide nor should anyone consider that they provide legal, accounting, tax, or other advice. Such advice should only be rendered in reference to the particular facts and circumstances appropriate to each situation. The Foundation encourages you to contact appropriate professional(s) and consultant(s) to assess your specific needs and circumstances and to render such advice accordingly. In addition, the Foundation is not endorsing or recommending the use of the means or methods contained on or through this site for any special or particular purpose.

In addition, any links to non-Foundation information or references to unaffiliated organizations are provided as a courtesy and convenience to you. Such links and references are not intended to, nor do they constitute, an endorsement of the linked materials or the referenced organizations by the Foundation. The content and views on such links and of such organizations are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Foundation, or the organizations’ officers, directors, or associates.

In no event will the Foundation or any of its officers, trustees or associates be liable for any damages – whether direct, indirect, special, general, consequential, for alleged lost profits, or otherwise – that might result from any use of or reliance on materials or links made available on or through the Foundation’s Sites.

Privacy Policy

The Foundation respects the privacy of the Site’s visitors. The following statements will help you understand how the Foundation collects, uses and safeguards the personal information you provide to us on our Sites.

Please note that this policy applies only to the Foundation’s Sites and not to any other organizations’ Web sites to which we link. Remember that when you use a link to go from a Foundation Site to another Web site, the Foundation’s Privacy Policy is no longer in effect. Your browsing and interaction on any other Web site, including Web sites the Foundation links to, is subject to that Web site’s own rules and policies. Please read those rules and policies before proceeding. The Foundation does not make any representations about the practices and policies of any organization or Web site we link to and disclaims any liability or responsibility for such other Web site’s content, rules, policies, or otherwise.

Types of Information We Collect

The types of information that may be collected through the Sites include: (1) Voluntary Registration information, which is personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected on an individual basis (for example contact and log in information, individual or organization demographic data, you provide through voluntary registration); (2) Information about your usage of a Site;

(1) Voluntary Registration

Visitors to any of the Foundation’s Sites may knowingly choose to register to receive email newsletter(s), program announcements, or other communications from the Foundation. Visitors may also register to participate in Foundation events or program activities. When registering for events, or to receive Foundation communications, visitors may be asked to voluntarily provide their name, email address, telephone number, work address, and other pertinent information. Visitors may also indicate topics of interest, which will assist us in tailoring Foundation content to your needs. Visitors who supply information will be included in the Foundation’s general contact database which the Foundation will use to send emails and other communications consistent with its charitable purposes. The Site through which you provide information in this category will present you with a consent statement that documents the purposes for which the Foundation will use that information. The Foundation will use the information you provide in accordance with this consent statement.

You may have your name removed from any of our emailing lists at any time, by following the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of every email.

  • Demographic Information
    In some instances, the Foundation may collect demographic information from individuals that are using the Sites, registering for an event or otherwise participating in a Foundation program. This information will be voluntarily provided by you. While this information will be voluntarily provided by you, the Foundation uses this information only to evaluate the effectiveness of its own programs, activities, and efforts with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Foundation does not use demographic information to determine who may attend an event, receive a grant, participate in a Foundation program, work for the Foundation, or for any unlawful purposes.

(2) Site Interaction Information

As is true of most Web sites, the Foundation’s Sites track Site navigation information in order to optimize the Sites and the content presented on them. In some instances, the Foundation may also link this automatically-collected data to personally identifiable information the Foundation already has about a specific user. Any Site Usage information that is related to personal information about a user is used to provide users with feedback about their experiences on the Sites and to highlight information that a specific user may find interesting or informative. The Foundation may also link this information to a particular individual or combine it with personal information if the Foundation has determined that it needs to identify a user because of safety or security issues or to comply with legal requirements.

The Site Interaction Information the Foundation may collect could include the following types of information.

  • Log Files
    As is true of most organizations that operate Web sites, the Foundation gathers certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, on-site bookmarks, on-site subscriptions, clickstream data, and site navigation history. We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users' movements around the site, and to gather information about the Foundation’s user base as a whole. The Foundation may collect this information even if you are not registered on any of the Sites.
  • Cookies
    To enable us to offer you the best possible experience when you visit the Foundation's Sites and to offer continually updated information, the Foundation assigns you a unique identification number stored in a file on your computer called a "cookie." Cookies by themselves cannot be used to find out the identity of any user. This unique identification number automatically identifies your browser – to Foundation computers whenever you interact and browse a Foundation Site.

  • The cookies automatically gather certain usage information like the numbers and frequency of visitors to the Foundation's Sites and areas visited on the Sites. The Foundation uses such data in the aggregate. This collective data helps the Foundation determine how much constituents use parts of the Sites, so the Foundation can ensure the Sites are appealing to as many people as possible.
  • Email Tracking
    When a user signs up to receive information or mailings from the Foundation through a Site, the Foundation uses clear gifs, web beacons, or other e-mail tracking devices to measure the activity of the e-mail, including when a user clicks on a link within an e-mail and if the message is forwarded. This information is tied to a user’s e-mail address when stored.
  • Aggregation of Data
    The Foundation may aggregate the above information about Site usage and program interaction with similar information from other users of the Sites and the Foundation will use this aggregated information in order to improve the Sites and the Foundation’s programs.

On occasion, the Foundation may append or match personal information the Foundation has collected with other information the Foundation receives from third parties. This information could include contact information, economic, or demographic information, interest or affinity information, and/or other data that may help the Foundation identify specific individuals as constituents with which the Foundation should interact to advance its charitable purposes. The Foundation will only collect and use third party information as set forth in this Section if you have consented to the Foundation collecting such third-party information.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

The Foundation does not rent, sell, or share any personal information about individual users with any third party except (i) to operate the Sites, (ii) to provide the products or services you’ve requested, and (iii) to send you information consistent with the Foundation’s charitable purpose(s).

In limited instances, the Foundation may retain contractors to conduct charitable research on its behalf that is related to the Foundation’s charitable purposes (for example to conduct a survey or evaluate Foundation research information). In these instances, the Foundation may provide access to the contractor to perform the research. Any data shared as set forth in this section will only be disclosed with the expectation that the information be held in confidence by the contractor, that it be used solely for the Foundation’s benefit, and that the third party is not entitled to use the personal information for its own purposes.

The Foundation reserves the right to disclose your personally identifiable information to respond to a subpoena, court order, or other legal process, to defend the Foundation against legal claims, or if the Foundation determines it is necessary to investigate or take action in connection with activities that the Foundation suspects are illegal, threaten the safety of any person, or are in violation of these Terms.

Your Consent

By using the Sites, you consent to the collection and use of information by the Foundation and its affiliated entities as outlined in this Privacy Policy. If the Foundation changes its privacy policies and procedures, it will post those changes on this page so that you always have the opportunity to be aware of what information the Foundation collects, how it uses that information, and under what circumstances that information may be disclosed.

Special note for parents

The Site is not intended for use by children under the age of 13. The Site does not knowingly collect or store personal identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If you have concerns about this Site or its services, if you want to find out if your child is a member or has registered for one of our services, or if you want to cancel your child’s membership, please contact us at  If you believe that your child under 13 has gained access to the Site without your permission, you may contact us at

Registration; Suspension or Termination of Account


For some areas of the Site, you may have to complete a registration process or create a profile for use in applying for something (e.g., a job or a grant). Completion of the process will usually create an account with a user name and password or other identifier which you agree to guard as confidential information—if you are careless with it, others may be able to access the information.

You agree to provide accurate, current and complete information at all times. You also agree that you will review, maintain, correct, and update such information in a timely manner to maintain its accuracy and completeness by using the means allowed for the relevant information or, when appropriate, by contacting us. If you provide (or the Foundation has reasonable grounds to believe that you provided) any information that is inaccurate, not current, or incomplete, the Foundation may suspend or terminate your access, application, grant or participation in a program, in addition to exercising all rights and remedies allowed by law.

You agree that all uses of the identifier established for you during a registration or similar process will be attributed to and legally bind you and may be relied upon by us and our agents, affiliates, and other third parties with whom we work in order to provide the Site, Content, services or pursue our mission (including but not limited to our and their respective affiliates, officers, employees and agents) (collectively “Third Parties”), as being a use made by you, even if someone else used your identifier.

Intellectual Property Complaints/Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Foundation respects the intellectual property of others, and requires that users of the Sites do the same. The Foundation will process notices of alleged infringement which it receives them and will take appropriate action as required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other applicable intellectual property laws. If you believe that your work has been copied and is accessible on a Site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide the Foundation’s Copyright Agent with the following information in a notice (“Notice”). To be effective, the Notice must be in writing and contain the following information (DMCA, 17 U.S.C. §512(c)(3)):

(i) An electronic or physical signature of the person who is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

(ii) A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed.

(iii) Identification of the copyrighted work you claim is being infringed (and, if possible, a location where an authorized copy of the copyrighted work exists, for example the URL of the website where it is posted or the name of the book in which it has been published).

(iv) Identification of the URL or other specific location on the Sites where the material that you claim is infringing is located (you must include enough information so that the Foundation can locate the material).

(v) Your address, telephone number, and email address.

(vi) A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

(vii) A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

Send the Notice to the Foundation’s Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement as follows:

By Mail:
Attention: Legal Department
Deshpande Foundation
98 Montvale Ave, Suite 2500
Stoneham MA 02180
Phone: 508-625-0725

Dispute Resolution

Governing Law

These Terms and the resolution of any dispute related to these Terms or the Sites shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States and the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts  applicable to contracts executed and performed within Massachusetts, without giving any effect to any conflict of laws rules that may result in the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction. These Terms are deemed executed and enforceable in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

General Provisions


You may not assign these Terms or any of your obligations under them without the Foundation’s prior written consent and any attempted assignment is null and void. The Foundation may assign these Terms and any of its obligations under them at any time for any reason.You may not assign these Terms or any of your obligations under them without the Foundation’s prior written consent and any attempted assignment is null and void. The Foundation may assign these Terms and any of its obligations under them at any time for any reason.

Electronic Communications; Binding and Entire Agreement

You agree that (i) these Terms constitute an agreement “signed by you” under any applicable law; (ii) any notices or other communication regarding your use of the Sites may be provided to you electronically (by posting on the Sites, by email, and other electronic formats) and will be considered received upon posting or other distribution. These Terms (including the Privacy Policy) constitute the entire agreement between you and the Foundation and supersede all other agreements, oral or written, concerning its subject matter. You consent to the use of the English language in these Terms and all documents or notices relating to them and your use of the Sites.


If any of these Terms is determined to be invalid, void, or unenforceable for any reason, then the unenforceable provision will be deemed amended in a manner that will most nearly carry out the intent of the provision to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law or deleted if amendment is not possible, and the remaining Terms will be enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.

No Waiver

The Foundation’s failure to enforce these Terms in every instance in which they might apply is not a waiver of any of the Foundation’s rights, and the Foundation reserves its right to take all legal steps available to enforce these Terms.

Social Media House Rules

The Foundation maintains social media accounts (e.g. – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.) to provide forums for sharing research, ideas, and opinions regarding its philanthropic work and mission.

All statements and materials posted by contributors reflect the views of the individual contributors and do not reflect the views of the Foundation.

While the Foundation maintains these pages, the views expressed within these social media accounts do not necessarily reflect the Foundation’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

The Foundation encourages users to analyze, comment on, and challenge its ideas and strategies and to do so in the spirit of respect, fairness, and intellectual inquiry. The Foundation reserves the right to remove posts that are offensive, act as advertisements, or attempt to solicit funds from. The Foundation may also remove identical or substantially similar comments that are posted more than once, including those posted for the purpose of monopolizing the discussion.

Community members are expected to abide by the Terms of Use that apply to the Foundation’s website (found on this page). If you violate the Terms of Service, you may be removed from the Foundation’s social media communities.

Thank you for engaging with the Foundation in social media and respecting these policies. The Foundation values conversations in its social media communities.

Site Intended for U.S. Residents

The Sites are intended for and directed to residents of the United States and all advertising claims contained in the Sites are valid only in the United States.