Privacy Policy & Terms of Use

By visiting our website, you are accepting the policies and terms described below.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) takes your privacy very seriously. The below privacy policy and terms of use were created to transparently explain how we use any data we collect and present clear guidelines on how our information can be used appropriately. The below information describes ICNL’s information gathering and dissemination practices, as well as terms of use for information posted to this site. These may change at any time; any changes will be posted on this page. Should you have additional questions, comments, or concerns please contact: The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, 1126 16th Street NW Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, phone: (202) 452-8600, email:

Privacy Policy


We may share your data with third-party services in order to fulfill our commitment and obligation to you. We use third parties for services like payment processing and email communications. Please contact us if you’d like a full list of third-party services used on this website.

Data Voluntarily Provided: ICNL will use the data you voluntarily provide to us through our website or email to communicate organizational news, updates, events, and share insights on civic space trends. We want to be transparent about how we use any data we collect. We respect your information and will never sell it to a third party. We will use your information to communicate with you directly, via email or direct mail. Additionally, we may use your information to reach you on social media through select advertisements. You can change your communications permissions at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us. This will take you to your user profile and you can adjust your preferences. You can also update your information by contacting us at

Data Collected Automatically: When you use our website, information, email, or other digitally available ICNL material, we may collect information about your visit to our website, your usage of our materials, and your web browsing. That information may include your IP address, your operating system, your browser ID, your browsing activity, and other information about how you interacted with our websites or other websites. We may collect this information as a part of log files as well as through the use of cookies or other tracking technologies.

Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. We use cookies to compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted

to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our website. Cross-border Data Transfer: This website is based in the United States, and as such, data may be transferred from the country it is entered from for processing in the United States. In order for ICNL to fulfill contractual duties and serve user needs, we must at times process data in the United States.


We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information via ICNL’s digital assets. We do not sell or trade your information to outside parties. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third-Party Links: This website may contain links or references to other websites maintained by third parties over whom ICNL has no control. Such links are provided merely as a convenience and do not imply an endorsement or recommendation by ICNL of such third party websites or the material contained therein. Similarly, the ICNL website may be accessed from third party links over which ICNL has no control. ICNL makes no warranties or representations or assumes any legal liability of any kind as to the accuracy, currency, completeness or usefulness of any information contained in such third party websites and shall have no liability for any damages or injuries of any kind arising from or caused, directly or indirectly, by the creation or use of a third party’s website, or the information or material accessed through such third party websites.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance: We are in compliance with the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products, and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Terms of Use

This Agreement describes our understanding with you regarding the use of this website. Please read and review these Terms of Use carefully before accessing or using this website. This agreement has been developed for your protection, as well as ours. By accessing or using this site, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agreed to this agreement.

Your access to and use of the information contained in this website is subject to this Terms of Use agreement. By accessing and using this website, you accept, without limitation or qualification, this Terms of Use agreement. Unless otherwise indicated on this website, you may display, download, archive, reformat and print a single copy of any information on this website for such personal use. Some of the materials on this site are subject to specific restrictions with respect to use. You expressly agree that you will comply with any and all such restrictions.

Content: The information provided on this website is for general informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis of each and every aspect of such laws and policies, and is not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. Because of the generality of the discussion and because interpretive guidance is often still developing regarding the laws and policies discussed in this website, the information contained herein may not be applicable in all situations and may not, after the date of its presentation, even reflect the most current authority. For these reasons, nothing contained in this website should be relied or acted upon without the benefit of legal advice based upon the particular facts and circumstances presented, and nothing herein should be construed otherwise.

Copyrights: The entire contents of this website are subject to copyright protection. Copyright © 2018 The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). All rights reserved. The contents of this website may not be copied other than for non-commercial individual reference with all copyright or other proprietary notices retained, and thereafter may not be recopied, reproduced or otherwise redistributed. Except as expressly provided above, you may have access to information on the website for your own use only and may not otherwise copy, display, download, distribute, modify, reproduce, republish or retransmit any information, text or documents contained in this website or any portion thereof in any electronic medium or in hard copy, or create any derivative work based on such images, text or documents, without the express written consent of ICNL. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as conferring by implication, estoppel, or otherwise any license or right under any intellectual property right of ICNL, or any third party.

Trademarks: All trademarks, service marks and logos, whether or not appearing with a trademark symbol, are trademarks of ICNL, its affiliates or its licensors, unless otherwise noted. The use or misuse of these trademarks or any other materials, except as permitted herein, is expressly prohibited and may be in violation of applicable laws. Please be advised that ICNL endeavors to actively and aggressively enforce its intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law.

Translations: Translations of any foreign language materials into the English language by ICNL are intended solely as a convenience to the English-reading public. Translation accuracy is not guaranteed nor implied. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of a translation, please refer to the original language official version of the document. Any discrepancies or differences created in the translation are not binding and have no legal effect for compliance or enforcement purposes.

Warranty and Limitation of Liability: Although ICNL uses reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information on this website, ICNL makes no warranties or representations of any kind as to its accuracy, currency or completeness. You agree that access to and use of this website and the content thereof is at your own risk. ICNL disclaims all warranties of any kind, express or implied. Neither ICNL nor any party involved in creating, producing or delivering this website shall be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of access to, use of or inability to use this website, or any errors or omissions in the content thereof. This limitation includes damages to, or for any viruses that infect your computer equipment.

Indemnification: You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless ICNL, its officers, directors, employees, agents, suppliers and third party partners from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fee, resulting from any violation by you of these Terms of Use.

Governing Laws: This Terms of Use Agreement and your use of the ICNL website shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America and the District of Columbia without regard to its conflicts of laws principles. Any legal action or proceeding related to this website shall be brought exclusively in a federal or state court of competent jurisdiction sitting in the District of Columbia. Further, any cause of action or claim you may have with respect to the ICNL website must be commenced within one (1) year after the claim or cause of action arises or such claim or cause of action is barred.

Right to Change, Modify or Terminate ICNL Website and this Terms of Use Agreement: Without prejudice to any other rights that ICNL may have, ICNL reserves the right and sole discretion to change, limit, terminate, modify at any time, temporarily or permanently cease to provide the ICNL website or any part thereof to any user or group of users, or this Terms of Use Agreement, without prior notice and for any reason or no reason. You acknowledge and agree that you are responsible for keeping up with any such changes and will periodically review this privacy policy to determine if any changes have been made..

Miscellaneous: If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unlawful, void or unenforceable, then such provision shall be severable without affecting the enforceability of all remaining provisions. If any part of this document is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed in a manner consistent with applicable law to reflect, as nearly as possible, the original intentions of the parties, and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.

ICNL’s Submission and Take-down Policy

Users of this website and our social media platforms must agree to the following policy for submitting materials for posting on ICNL’s digital platforms; violation of this policy may result in removal of content.

1. Materials must not violate or infringe any person or entity’s rights, including, but not limited to the rights of privacy and publicity as those rights are defined under state law, any state or federal law applicable to electronic communications. These rights include any unauthorized copying, reproduction, distribution, alteration or distortion of any image or representation of the individual or entity; Materials submitted may not defame the individual or entity;

2. Materials for positing on the website must not be protected by U.S. or international copyright law, regardless of whether the work has been registered or not, without the express written permission from the copyright or other rights holders; the rights and permissions of copyright or other parties having an interest or right in the materials must be included in the posting, and the posting must specifically identify those portion(s) of the posting for which permissions were obtained;

3. Any submitted material must not include remarks that disparage the ICNL, the host of the website, or any employee of ICNL;

4. Materials must not contain images, photos, logos, content or artwork that are not owned entirely by the party submitting to this website; unless third-party (not the submitter) ownership, rights or title are obvious on the face of the posting and the submitter has not provided any rights information, submissions will be deemed to be owned in their entirety by the submitter, and the submitter shall indemnify the ICNL for any damages, direct, indirect, consequential, and/or punitive that may result from the posting. No images of children will be posted unless appropriate licenses have been obtained from the child or children’s parents or guardians;

5. ICNL reserves the right to remove any additional content, including links, in whole or in part for violations of this policy or because the content has been deemed unrelated to the postings or discussion taking place.