We may revise and update these Terms from time to time at our sole discretion. We encourage you to periodically review these Terms for any material changes. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of revised Terms means that you accept and agree to the changes.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SITE AND THE SERVICES
We may provide, through the Site, services (defined herein as “Services”) that include without limitation the:
Provision of the Site and other online services and internet sites;
Display, performance, provision, and use of: information such as educational, promotional, product, pricing, marketing or other valuable information (“Information”), copyrighted works, photographs, text, music, video, sound, graphics, messages, and other Materials, including Our Materials and Third Party Materials (“Content”), and our and Third Parties’ Trademarks;
Interactive communication through chat, message boards, personal profiles, forums, VOIP and other media (“Interactive Communications”); and
Offering of products and services for sale, license, distribution or use.
You can contact us about this Site or about accessing and changing any personal information you provide at this Site through contact information contained on the Site.
TRADEMARKS, COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
The Site and its entire contents, features, and functionality including, but not limited to, all information, software, text, displays, images, video, and audio, and the design, selection, and arrangement thereof, are owned by Higher Things, its licensors, or other providers of such material and are protected by United States and international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws.
These Terms permit you to use the Site for your personal, non-commercial use only. Except as expressly authorized in these Terms, you must not:
Reproduce, edit, modify, rent, license, sell, distribute, mirror, republish, download, transmit, or create derivative works from any materials displayed on, or made available through the Site, in whole or in part, by any means now known or later developed;
Modify, decompile, or reverse engineer any part of the software;
Copy, post or transmit any materials that you receive from, access, or retrieve from, the Site to any server, or network of computers;
Remove or modify any copyright or trademark notice, or other notice of ownership, displayed on, or affixed to, any materials, including any copies of the Licensed Materials that you download and/or distribute; and
Frame the Site within a mark other than that of Higher Things.
If you print, copy, modify, download, or otherwise use or provide any other person with access to any part of the Site in breach of these Terms, your right to use the Site will stop immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made. No right, title, or interest in or to the Site or any content on the Site is transferred to you, and all rights not expressly granted are reserved by Higher Things. Any use of the Site not expressly permitted by these Terms is a breach of these Terms and may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws.
Higher Things’s name, marks, brands, design marks, slogans, logos, and designs on the Site are trademarks of Higher Things or its affiliates or licensors. You must not use such marks without the prior written permission of Higher Things. All other names, logos, product and service names, designs, and slogans on the Site are the trademarks of their respective owners.
LIMITED LICENSE FOR DOWNLOADABLE MATERIALS
We may identify certain materials on the Site as being downloadable (“Licensed Materials”). You may download one copy of these identified downloadable materials subject to the restrictions of these Terms. We grant to you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, license to view, print, and make one copy of the Licensed Materials for only informational, educational, non-commercial, personal purposes and without alteration of the materials (the “License”). You can use the Licensed Materials only in the format in which we make them available on the Site for download, and only in authorized distributions.
The License is subject to the following additional restrictions:
You cannot charge or collect any Distribution Fee for the distribution of any of the Licensed Materials. The term “Distribution Fee” means any and all payments of monies, fees, royalties, remuneration, donations, gifts or other consideration, whether in cash or like-kind, received by, paid to, owed to, on or behalf of, a user or a distributor that arise from, or are in any way related to the provision, transmission, distribution, sale, license, lease, rental or other use of the Licensed Materials, including specifically without limitation, any fundraising activities;
All copyright, trademark or other proprietary notices that appear on the Licensed Materials, together with the permission notice, must appear on all copies of the Licensed Materials that you make or distribute;
You shall not use, copy or distribute any graphics comprising part of the Licensed Materials separate from accompanying text;
You shall not use the Licensed Materials in a manner that suggests an association with or endorsement by us, or any of our products, services, or brands; and
You shall not download quantities of Licensed Materials to a database that can be used to avoid future downloads of any of the Licensed Materials from any of the Sites.
ACCESSING THE SITE AND SECURITY
INFORMATION COLLECTED BY COOKIES
USE BY MINORS
Our Site does not knowingly solicit personal information from children under the age of 13, except where personal information must be solicited from children and/or parents to facilitate participation in Higher Things events or activities. We care about children’s privacy and we take great care to safeguard the personal information of all children. We do not require a child to supply us with any personal information other than is necessary to participate in a specific activity, and we never condition a child’s participation in an activity on the child’s disclosing more personal information than is reasonably necessary to participate in that activity. All personal information we do collect can only be accessed by our authorized staff and volunteers, and only those people who require access may see this information for the purposes described above. We work diligently to preserve the confidentiality, security and integrity of that information.
As a ministry to children, we are deeply committed to the safety and welfare of kids. We have policies and procedures designed to ensure compliance with applicable privacy laws and employ generally accepted best practices, especially as it relates to parental notice and consent. Parents have the right to request at any time that the information collected about their child be removed from our networks and databases. You can contact us at email@example.com.
USER CONDUCT AND CONTENT RULES
By uploading, emailing, posting, publishing, or otherwise transmitting content to any Interactive Communication Service or submitting any content to the Site, you automatically grant (or warrant that the owner of such materials expressly granted) to us a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, transmit and distribute such content in any form, medium, or technology now known or developed in the future. You agree that we own any derivative works, improvements, or other materials, works, ideas, intellectual property, and/or products created from, based on, or related to, our access to, or use of, any materials you provide.
You understand and acknowledge that you are responsible for any content you submit or contribute, and you, not Higher Things, have full responsibility for such content, including its legality, reliability, accuracy, and appropriateness. We are not responsible or liable to any third party for the content or accuracy of any content posted by you or any other user of the Site or Interactive Communication Services. You participate at your own risk when engaging in any activity relating to the Site and/or the Services (including any Interactive Communication).
By using or accessing the Site or Services (including Interactive Communication), you agree to adhere to the following User Conduct and Content Rules. We reserve the right to suspend or terminate your access to the Site, and to refuse all current or future access to, or use of, the Site and the Services for violation of any of the following User Conduct and Content Rules.
You agree that when using the Site or Services, you will not:
Use the Services in connection with surveys, contests, pyramid schemes/multi-level marketing companies, chain letters, junk email, spamming, or any duplicative or unsolicited messages, commercial or otherwise;
Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights, including, but not limited to, the rights of privacy and publicity of others;
Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, obscene, indecent, or unlawful topic, name, material or information;
Upload, or otherwise make available, files that contain images, photographs, software or other material protected by intellectual property laws, including, but not limited to, copyright or trademark laws (or by rights of privacy or publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consent to do the same;
Use any material or information, including images or photographs, which are made available through the Site in any manner that infringes on copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or other proprietary right of any party;
Upload files that contain viruses, trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files, or any other malicious code or similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer or property of another;
Advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose;
Download any file posted by another user of the Services that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally reproduced, displayed, performed and/or distributed in such manner;
Falsify or delete any copyright management information, such as author attributions, legal or other proper notices, or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded;
Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Services;
Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including email addresses;
Violate any applicable laws and/or regulations;
Create a false identity for the purpose of misleading others;
Solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else;
Post content that is hateful, threatening, pornographic, or that contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence;
Use, download, or otherwise copy, or provide, whether or not for a fee, to a person or entity any directory of users of the Services or other user or usage information or any portion thereof;
Interfere with, or disrupt, the Services or servers or networks connected to the Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Services;
Violate any code of conduct or other guidelines, which may be applicable for any particular Service; and
Post material that advocates beliefs and behaviors that are in conflict with Higher Things’s Mission and Vision and Statement of Faith.
If you believe that any User Content violates your copyright, please send notification of the claimed copyright infringement to:
Higher Things Content Services PO Box 155 Holt, MO 64048 firstname.lastname@example.org
MONITORING AND ENFORCEMENT
We have the right to:
Remove or refuse to post any User Content for any or no reason in our sole discretion.
Take any action with respect to any User Content that we deem necessary or appropriate in our sole discretion, including if we believe that such User Content violates these Terms, including the Content Rules, infringes any intellectual property right or other right of any person or entity, threatens the personal safety of users of the Site or the public, or could create liability for Higher Things.
Disclose your identity or other information about you to any third party who claims that material posted by you violates their rights, including their intellectual property rights or their right to privacy.
Take appropriate legal action, including without limitation, referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unauthorized use of the Site.
However, we cannot review all material before it is posted on the Site, and cannot ensure prompt removal of objectionable material after it has been posted. Accordingly, we assume no liability for any action or inaction regarding transmissions, communications, or content provided by any user or third party. We have no liability or responsibility to anyone for performance or nonperformance of the activities described in this section.
Without limiting the foregoing, we have the right to cooperate fully with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity or other information of anyone posting any materials on or through the Site. You waive and hold harmless Higher Things from any claims resulting from any action taken by Higher Things during, or taken as a consequence of, investigations by either Higher Things or law enforcement authorities.
THIRD PARTY WEBSITES
The Site may provide links to websites and access to content, products and services from third parties, including, but not limited to, users, affiliates, and sponsors of this Site. You agree that Higher Things is not responsible for the availability of, and content provided on, third party websites. You should refer to the policies posted by other websites regarding privacy and other topics before you use them. If you chose to purchase any products or services from a third party, your relationship is directly with the third party. You agree that Higher Things is not responsible for the quality of third party products or services and fulfilling any of the terms of your agreement with the seller, including, but not limited to, delivery of products or services and warranty obligations related to purchased products or services. You agree that Higher Things is not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage of any sort you may incur from dealing with any third party.
Links to other websites do not imply an endorsement of the materials, products, content, ideas or Interactive Communications displayed on, or disseminated at or through those websites, nor does the existence of a link to another of our Sites imply that the organization or person publishing that Site endorsed any of the materials or ideas at our Site. We reserve the right to disable links from third party sites to any of our Sites at any time without prior notice.
LINKING TO OUR SITE
We may provide the option for you to post a link to our homepage provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval, or endorsement on our part. The website from which you are linking must comply in all respects with the User Content Rules as set out in these Terms. You agree to cooperate with us in causing any unauthorized linking immediately to stop. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.
We may sell certain products and materials on our Sites. All prices for products and materials sold through the Site are quoted in U.S. Dollars, and are valid and effective only in the United States at the time of posting. If we provide products or materials for delivery to certain locations outside the United States, we reserve the right to charge a higher price, or additional fees, for such products. We reserve the right to, at any time, and without prior notice, discontinue or change information, availability and pricing on any product or Materials on our Site, without incurring any obligations to you or any other party. You are responsible for any applicable use taxes of your jurisdiction imposed as user or buyer of products or services.
Donations made through our Site are verified, secure and confidential. Like any tax-deductible charitable contribution, any electronic giving made through our Site by credit card or electronic transfer is considered made and irrevocable at the time the contribution is submitted on our Site. For further information or questions concerning donations you may contact us at: (888) 482-6630 or visit our website at: https://higherthings.org/support
We take the issue of your privacy seriously. All credit card information submitted is protected by SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption or similar technology. We provide your credit card number, billing and shipping information to participating merchants from whom you buy goods or services. All credit card payments are processed using PCI compliant technology, to ensure that your credit card number is securely passed to the merchant. We do not store your credit card details unless you select that option on the Site. These merchants are solely responsible for how they use that information and any other information they independently acquire from you or about you.
SUBSCRIPTIONS AND FEES
Some services offered on certain of our Sites may require a subscription or other fee to receive Services (“Subscribed Services”). If you open an account for Subscribed Services on any of our Sites, you hereby agree to pay all charges to such account, including applicable taxes, in accordance with billing terms in effect at the time the fee or charge becomes payable and following all rules of the subscriptions. We reserve the right to change the amount of, or basis for determining, any fees or charges for services we provide, and to institute new fees, charges, or terms effective upon notice to you at the email address you provide when establishing your account. We reserve the right to terminate your account(s) at any time for any reason.
Each of our Sites with Subscribed Services will contain rules for payment, use and termination of the Subscribed Services. You agree to adhere to all such rules in using the Subscribed Services.
Your subscription for each Subscribed Service will be automatically renewed and your credit card account will be charged on the same time and cost basis as the prior subscription period unless a Site indicates otherwise.
To the fullest extent provided by law, we will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial of service attack, viruses, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data, or other proprietary material due to your use of the site or any services or items obtained through the site or to your downloading of any material, content, or software posted on it, or on any website linked to it. Your use of the site, its content, and any services or items obtained through the site is at your own risk. you expressly understand and agree that, except where expressly provided otherwise, this site, and all content, materials, information, software, products and services provided on this site are provided “as-is” and on an “as available” basis. Higher Things expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Higher Things makes no warranty that:
this site will meet your requirements;
this site will be available on an uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free basis;
the results that may be obtained from the use of the site or any services offered through the site will be accurate or reliable; or
the quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you through this site will meet your expectations.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
To the fullest extent provided by law, in no event will Higher Things, its affiliates, or their licensors, service providers, employees, agents, officers, or directors be liable for damages of any kind, under any legal theory, arising out of or in connection with your use, or inability to use, the site, and websites linked to it, any content on the site or such other websites, including any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages, including, but not limited to, personal injury, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of goodwill, loss of data, and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract, or otherwise, even if foreseeable.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Higher Things, its affiliates, licensors, and service providers, and its and their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, licensors, suppliers, successors, and assigns from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, judgments, awards, losses, costs, expenses, or fees (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating to your violation of these Terms or your use of the Site, including, but not limited to, your User Content, your use of any information obtained from the Site, or your violation of any rights of another.
SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL USERS
Higher Things has its business office based in Holt, Missouri, USA. If you access our Sites from outside the United States, be advised that the Site may contain references to Information, Content, Materials, Services, products and other information and materials that may not be available, or may be prohibited, in your country. We reserve the right to limit the provision of any of our Sites, any Content, any Information, any Materials, and any part of the Service to any person, geographic area or jurisdiction we choose in the exercise of our sole discretion. The Service, or any part thereof, is void where prohibited.
Due to the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct and acceptable content. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.
The software used in association with the Site and the Services may be further subject to United States export controls. No software may be downloaded, or otherwise exported or re-exported (a) into (or to a national or resident of) any country to which the U.S. has embargoed goods; or (b) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated National or the U.S. Commerce Department’s Table of Deny Orders. By accessing, downloading or using the software, or any other materials relating to the Site that are subject to United States export controls, you represent and warrant to us that you are not located in a country to which the U.S. has embargoed goods, and that you are not acting on behalf of, or under the control of a national or resident of any such country, or any person described in subsection (b) of this paragraph.
You agree that we may, at our sole discretion, at any time, terminate your access to the Site and any account(s) you may have in connection with the Site. You agree that the Site shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the Site. If you violate these Terms or otherwise create possible legal exposure to Higher Things and the Site, we can terminate your access to the Site. We will notify you by email or the next time you attempt to access your account that your access has been terminated. You may delete your account, or disable your application, at any time.
MODIFICATIONS TO THE SITE
We reserve the right, at any time and from time to time, to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Site, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that Higher Things shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Site.
Notices to you will be effective when we send them to the last email or physical address you gave to us. Any notice to us will be effective when delivered to our Media Services department:
Higher Things Attn: Content Services PO Box 155 Holt, MO 64048
We may also provide notices of changes to these Terms or other matters by displaying notices or links to notices to you generally on the Site.
All matters relating to the Site and these Terms, and any dispute or claim arising therefrom or related thereto (in each case, including non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Missouri without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule.
These Terms encompass the entire agreement between the parties regarding the Site and supersede any prior agreements.
If any portion of these Terms is found to be unenforceable, the remaining portion will remain in full force and effect.
If we fail to enforce any of these Terms, it will not be considered a waiver.
You may not transfer any of your rights or obligations under these Terms to anyone else without our written consent. All of our rights and obligations under these Terms are assignable by us in connection with a merger, acquisition, or sale of assets, or by operation of law or otherwise.
THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARY
These Terms do not confer any third party beneficiary rights.
YOUR COMMENTS AND CONCERNS
If you have any questions, concerns, requests for technical support or other communications relating to the Site, please contact us at:
Higher Things PO Box 155 Holt, MO 64048 Phone: (888) 482-6630 email: email@example.com
The mission of Higher Things is to support the church in passing on the Faith by teaching the next generation the Gospel of Jesus Christ: that they are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, as revealed in Scripture alone.
To further this mission, Higher Things may collect, process, use, and share your personal information. The purpose of this Privacy Statement is to explain to you how Higher Things might use your personal information and how Higher Things takes seriously its obligation to you to protect your rights and your personal information.
Where we use the terms “Higher Things,” “we,” “us,” and “our,” we refer to Higher Things, a Texas nonprofit corporation, and its subsidiaries and affiliated organizations. “Personal information” generally refers to all data that directly or indirectly relates to you, but “personal information,” “personal data,” or “personally identifiable information” and other terms may apply based upon applicable law and will carry the meaning of those applicable laws.
From time to time, we may update this Privacy Statement, so we encourage you to review this statement periodically, paying special attention to the “LAST UPDATED” date above. In certain circumstances, Higher Things may contact you to specifically notify you of changes to this Privacy Statement.
HIGHER THINGS’S COMMITMENT TO DATA PROTECTION
It is the global policy of Higher Things to exercise a high standard of care in its handling of the personal information it collects, processes, uses, and shares. Higher Things will maintain appropriate policies and processes throughout the global mission to enhance the protection of personal data and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Higher Things is also committed to the periodic review and augmentation of these policies and processes as part of its Global Privacy Program.
LAWS THAT APPLY TO THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT
Higher Things is a global organization which maintains data protection policies and practices consistent with accepted international data privacy principles. These policies supplement national data privacy laws, and any national law takes precedent in the event it conflicts with Higher Things’s policies. In Europe, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in effect as of May 25, 2018. If GDPR and/or other EU privacy laws apply to you, this Privacy Statement describes how you can exercise your rights.
WHAT KINDS OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT
Higher Things collects the following types of personal information:
Contact information: Includes phone number, physical address, SMS, email address, telephone number, social media profile details
Demographics: Includes information about who you are, where you live, and what programs and activities in Higher Things may be of interest to you
Employment information: Includes information required to process your employment application and complete your employee onboarding process, such as employment history, references, criminal conviction records, unique qualifications or vocational preferences
Financial History: Includes historical information on your donations to Higher Things, services or goods purchased from Higher Things, other financial transactions you have entered into with Higher Things
Identity Data: Includes name, date of birth, gender, marital status
Information about Personal Beliefs: Includes religious information
Payment Information: Includes bank account and routing numbers, credit card/debit card numbers, check number, other pertinent financial details
Requests and Preferences: Includes your preferences for how Higher Things will communicate with you, customizations you have made to any Higher Things account
Required Health Data: Includes health information required by Higher Things for you to attend a Higher Things conference or participate in a Higher Things trip or event, including medical history, vaccination records, physician’s reports, and biometrics
Security Credentials: Includes login and password information
Travel information: Includes requests related to your travel with Higher Things, passport information, dietary needs or restrictions
Volunteer Information: Includes information required to process your volunteer application and complete your volunteer onboarding process, including references, criminal convictions records, unique qualifications
Higher Things information: Includes information on your history and engagement with Higher Things
HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Higher Things uses the personal information you provide to better serve your requests and to connect you further with the mission and ministry activities of Higher Things. However you are involved in a Higher Things event, a media user/subscriber or are donating your time and/or money to our missional objectives, Higher Things will generally use your personal information to achieve its legitimate interests related to our organizational mission. We do not sell, lease or rent your personal information to others. Higher Things will only process your personal information in accordance with an appropriate legal basis and only for the purposes described in this Privacy Statement. The table below provides a list of examples of how we may use your information, the types of information involved, and the legal basis for our use of your information.
How We Use Your Personal Information
The Types of Personal Information Involved
Examples and Explanations
To contact you with information about the ministry activities that Higher Things offers in your local area
Identity data, Contact information
A Higher Things staff member or volunteer may use your name and phone number or email to invite you to a Higher Things club activity in your local area.
To facilitate your attendance at a Higher Things event and to follow up with you after your attendance
Identity data, Contact information, Required Health Data, Requests and Preferences, Demographics, Payment Information, Travel Information
We think you will have the best week of your life if you attend a Higher Things camp. We will need certain information from kids and parents in order to facilitate the camp experience.
To facilitate your participation in a Higher Things trip
Identity data, Contact Information, Required Health Data, Requests and Preferences, Demographics, Payment Information, Travel Information
Higher Things has some amazing short term mission trips, but we need personal information to assist with coordinating travel and communicating important information about the trip.
To assist you in establishing an account on myHT
Identity Data, Contact Information, Requests and Preferences, Demographics, Security Credentials
Contract and Legitimate Interests
Whether you are attending one of our events or are a faithful donor to Higher Things, we want you to be able to easily interact with us. Therefore, we use different network solutions to enhance your experience with Higher Things.
For electronic marketing communication related to Higher Things’s ministry activities or related to opportunities to donate to Higher Things
Identity Data, Contact Information
Consent or Legitimate Interests
We love to let you know about Higher Things opportunities of which you may not already know, but we don’t want to send you communications you don’t want. If you have engaged with us before, we believe we can legally contact you with electronic marketing communications. However, we want you to be in control, so please let us know if you don’t want to receive this kind of information
For physical communication (e.g. post, telephone calls, etc.) related to Higher Things activities
Identity Data, Contact Information
We still use the postal service from time to time to communicate with you about your engagement with Higher Things and to let you know important updates about our work with kids.
For non-marketing electronic communications to keep you informed on Higher Things news and updates
Identity Data, Contact Information
Our staff members often update interested donors and friends with stories and information on what they are doing in their ministries.
To allow you to apply to serve Higher Things as a staff member or a volunteer
Identity Data, Contact Information, Information about your Personal Beliefs, Requests and Preferences, Security Credentials, Demographics, Higher Things Information
Higher Things carefully vets potential staff and volunteers to ensure their fitness to join in our work with kids.
To facilitate your registration for a Higher Things fundraising activity and follow up with you after the event
Identity Data, Contact Information, Payment Information
A Higher Things staff member or volunteer may invite you to join in a local golf tournament or banquet to learn more and support the work of Higher Things in your local area.
For contact management
Identity Data, Contact Information, Requests and Preferences, Demographics
We work hard to manage your information within our system in the most efficient way possible so we can quickly respond to your requests related to Higher Things or related to your rights or personal information.
To provide ministry services such as catechesis
Identity Data, Contact Information, Information about your Personal Beliefs
We believe God loves you and God loves kids, and our staff and volunteers want to be present in the lives of kids to hear what they are going through and demonstrate the love of Christ.
To employ you as a Staff Member of Higher Things
Identity Data, Contact Information, Information about your Personal Beliefs, Requests and Preferences, Security Credentials, Demographics, Employment Information
Contract and Legal Obligations
In order to work for Higher Things, you must provide certain personal information to facilitate your employment.
To facilitate your volunteer activity for Higher Things
Identity Data, Contact Information, Information about your Personal Beliefs, Requests and Preferences, Security Credentials, Demographics, Volunteer Information
Contract and Legal Obligations
In order to volunteer for Higher Things, you must provide certain personal information to facilitate your volunteering.
To process your donations
Identity Data, Contact Information, Payment Information
Contract and Legal Obligations
When you give to Higher Things, we will ask you to provide information necessary to complete your donation and create appropriate records.
Higher Things is subject to certain government reporting obligations and this reporting may include your personal information but only to the extent that Higher Things is legally obligated to supply this information.
To deliver Higher Things goods and services
Identity Data, Contact Information, Payment Information, Higher Things Information
You may want to purchase a T-shirt or mug from our online store, or you may want to sign up for a golf tournament.
To solicit feedback from you on Higher Things programs, activities, good and services
Identity Data, Contact Information, Requests and Preferences, Security Credentials, Demographics, Higher Things Information
You may be asked from time to time to provide feedback on an event so that we are constantly getting better.
To respond to your requests
Identity Data, Contact Information, Requests and Preferences, Security Credentials, Demographics
We use your personal information to quickly respond to any request you have for Higher Things.
To respond to your complaints
Identity Data, Contact Information, Requests and Preferences, Demographics
We use your personal information to quickly respond to any complaint you have against Higher Things and to quickly respond to any concern about your rights and personal information.
To satisfy child safety laws and regulations
Identity Data, Contact Information, Employment Information, Volunteer Information
Higher Things performs regular criminal background checks for all leadership and volunteers as part of our commitment to the highest standards of child safety.
To keep interested friends of Higher Things involved in ongoing Higher Things projects
Identity Data, Contact Information, Requests and Preferences, Demographics, Higher Things Information
Higher Things has an entire ministry initiative dedicated to staying in touch with alumni of Higher Things called Higher Things Alumni and Friends. The Alumni and Friends website and program allows you to connect with other people who have been involved in and care about Higher Things. The Alumni and Friends site also provides a prominent option for opting out of further contact or communication.
HOW INFORMATION IS COLLECTED
We obtain personal information about you in the following ways:
Personal interactions: The ministry of Higher Things is defined by relationships. Our staff members and volunteers interact regularly with kids, parents, teachers, school administrators, coaches, donors, and many other individuals. These personal interactions are a primary avenue by which Higher Things gets information from you.
Direct Requests: You may have reached out to Higher Things on your own or visited one of our websites. If you have inquired about a Higher Things activity, engaged in a Higher Things activity, made a donation, registered for an event, subscribed to a service, or have otherwise chosen to give Higher Things Information, we have your personal information. Please read this Privacy Statement carefully to understand your rights and our commitments related to your personal information.
HOW AND WHEN WE MIGHT SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
Higher Things does not generally disclose personal information with anyone outside the organization. However, Higher Things is a global organization who may, for the purposes described above, share your personal information with:
Other parties within or associated with Higher Things
Public or regulatory organizations for obligatory purposes described above
Third party service providers Higher Things has contracted to assist in the types of uses described above, including web-based contact management service providers, cloud service providers, companies assisting in the processing of your donations or other financial transactions, and email marketing service providers. Higher Things has entered into contracts with these third party service providers without neglecting the protection of your personal information.
INTERNATIONAL DATA TRANSFERS
Higher Things is a global organization operating in different parts of the world through branch organizations, subsidiaries, and affiliates. Therefore, Higher Things may transfer your personal information from one country to another. All individuals in the European Economic Area or the United Kingdom need to be aware that we may transfer your personal information outside of the European Economic Area or the UK for processing.
Any transfer of personal information from country to country will be done with appropriate safeguards and in compliance with applicable laws. Higher Things and its European subsidiaries and affiliates have established standard contract clauses to govern the transfer of data from the European country to other countries, such as the United States.
If you are located in the European Economic Area or the United Kingdom, you have certain rights related to your personal information. If you wish to exercise any of those rights, please email Higher Things at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to your request within 30 days. We may need to verify your identity in order to process your request.
These European rights include:
Right of access You have the right to know that we are processing your personal information, how we are processing this information, and for what purposes. This Privacy Statement is intended to provide the transparency necessary for you to know this information, but you can certainly make additional inquiries to Higher Things by emailing email@example.com.
Right to Edit and Update Information You have the right to rectify inaccurate information, update your personal information, and supplement incomplete information in the Higher Things networks. Higher Things’s network solutions will often allow you to make these changes on your own by managing your online Higher Things account. Where this feature is not accessible, you can contact Higher Things by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will address your request without undue delay.
Right to Delete Personal Information You have the right to request us to delete your personal information for the following reasons:
If the data is no longer necessary for the purposes it was collected;
If you withdraw previously given consent where consent is required to process the information;
If you object to Higher Things processing the data in a certain way or for certain purposes and Higher Things does not have legitimate grounds to continue processing the information;
If your personal information has been unlawfully processed;
If your personal information must be erased to comply with a legal obligation;
If the personal information has been collected in relation to the offer of Information Society Services as defined in Article 8(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation.
We may be required to reject your request to delete your information for the following reasons:
For exercising the right of freedom of expression and information;
For compliance with a legal obligation;
For reasons of public interest as described in Article 17 of GDPR;
For the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims;
To make a request to delete information, you can email Higher Things at email@example.com. We will notify you within 30 days as to whether your request has been accepted or if and for what reason we cannot fulfill your request.
Right to Request the Limitation of Processing Personal Information You have the right to restrict our processing of your personal information for the following reasons:
If you believe your personal information is inaccurate, you can request that we limit our processing of the data until its accuracy is verified;
If the processing of your data is unlawful, you may either request erasure as described above or request certain restrictions;
If the controller does not need the information for the purposes above but must retain the information for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims;
If you have objected to the processing of your personal information and there is a pending determination as to whether our legitimate grounds to process override your rights described here.
As with any request for erasure of your personal information, you also have the right to be notified by us about a restriction in the processing of your personal information.
You can make this request by emailing Higher Things at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right to Portability
You have the right to request us to send you your personal information in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format so that it can easily be transferred and used by a third party if:
You provided us with the information;
The processing of your personal information is based on your consent or required for the performance of a contract; or
The processing is carried out by automated means.
You can make this request by emailing Higher Things at email@example.com.
Right to Object and Automated Individual Decision-making
You have the right to object to our processing of your data when our legal basis for processing is Higher Things’s legitimate interests based on your particular situation. Upon receiving an objection from you, Higher Things will cease to process your information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which overrides your rights and freedoms.
Particularly, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal information related to direct electronic marketing.
You also have the right to object to our processing of your information where decisions on processing are made by automated processing which has a legal or other significant impact on you.
You can make this request by emailing Higher Things at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right to Withdraw Consent
Higher Things is primarily processing your information based on our legitimate interests and other obligations. However, where you have given consent to us to process your personal information, you have the right to withdraw that consent and we will promptly respond.
You can make this request by emailing Higher Things at email@example.com.
Right to File a Complaint with the Data Protection Authority
We want to provide the best service to you related to these requests and resolve any issue you have with Higher Things related to the processing of your personal information. You, however, always have the right to contact your local data protection authority for assistance or to make a complaint.
While the rights explained above do not apply to those outside of the European Economic Area and the UK, as a matter of rights and freedoms, we still do care about your questions and concerns related to your personal information. If you are not located in the European Economic Area or the United Kingdom, you can contact Higher Things at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
To safeguard and secure the information we collect, Higher Things has applied appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to prevent unauthorized access and maintain data accuracy. The Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol is used where available to encrypt and protect all Internet data transmissions. The padlock icon in your browser’s window signifies that a site is secure. Sometimes password protection is used to protect your privacy and security. Higher Things will continue to augment current security procedures and adopt new security protocols as necessary to meet the standard of care we have promised in our policies and in this Privacy Statement.
Higher Things is also committed to a prompt response to any potential data breach and has instituted a Data Breach Protocol Process which includes timely notices as required by applicable law.
INFORMATION COLLECTED BY COOKIES OR TECHNOLOGY
INFORMATION RELATED TO CHILDREN
In general, Higher Things websites are informational sites for parents and children about Higher Things. It is our intention to provide a safe, fun environment where children and their parents may explore Higher Things, their own Higher Things club and other Higher Things activities. None of Higher Things’s websites knowingly solicit personal information from children under the age of 13, except where personal information must be solicited from children and/or parents to facilitate participation in Higher Things events or activities.
We care about children’s privacy and we take great care to safeguard the personal information of all children. We do not require a child to supply us with any personal information other than is necessary to participate in a specific activity, and we never condition a child’s participation in an activity on the child’s disclosing more personal information than is reasonably necessary to participate in that activity. All personal information we do collect can only be accessed by authorized Higher Things staff and volunteers, and only those people who require access may see this information for the purposes described above. We work diligently to preserve the confidentiality, security and integrity of that information.
As a ministry to children, Higher Things is deeply committed to the safety and welfare of kids. We have policies and procedures designed to ensure compliance with applicable privacy laws and employ generally accepted best practices, especially as it relates to parental notice and consent. Parents have the right to request at any time that the information collected about their child be removed from Higher Things’s networks and databases. You can contact Higher Things at email@example.com.
California residents who provide personal information in obtaining products or services for personal, family, or household use are entitled to request and obtain from us once a calendar year information about the customer information we shared, if any, with other businesses for their own direct marketing use. If applicable, this information would include the categories of customer information and the names and addresses of those businesses with which we shared customer information for the immediately prior calendar year.