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Privacy Policy

CGD's privacy policy sets out how the personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

This policy is updated from time to time, and was last updated on March 1, 2019.

If you have any questions about this policy, please email

The Center for Global Development (CGD) never sells, rents, or lends e-mail addresses of any of our subscribers to anyone. On the rare occasion that a CGD newsletter transitions ownership to another organization you will be given the opportunity to opt-out before any information is transferred.

CGD will not trade or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Information we collect and store:

  • Our registration forms require users to give us contact information that may include name, email address, address, interests, and similar information. Via tools such as Google Analytics and Pardot, we also collect and store information about your computer and your visits to this website such as your IP address, geographical location, browser type, referral source, length of visit and number of page views. See more in the "Cookies" section below.
  • We do not request or store sensitive information from our visitors, such as credit card or social security numbers (we do accept credit cards for donations but do not store the card numbers).
  • If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence, including your contact details, name, interests and related job information. This includes any email correspondence with CGD and job applications.
  • If you are invited to or attend a CGD event, we may collect and store information such as your name and email address and keep a record of your interest in that event and topic.

How we use that information:

  • CGD hosts a number of mailing lists (e.g. CGD newsletters, events). If you subscribe to an CGD list we may, on occasion, email you information about other CGD events or services related to other lists.You may unsubscribe at any time.
  • If you are invited to, or attend a CGD event, we may email you with information on other related events or publications. You may request to remove your personal data at any time by emailing us on
  • If you apply for a job with CGD we will keep your application materials on file, including any voluntary demographic data you may include with your submission, for up to one year. You may request your application materials be removed at any time by emailing us at

Where we store your information:

We will always hold your information securely. The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area ("EEA"). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for CGD or for one of our suppliers, such as our customer relationship management (CRM) supplier - see their privacy policy here and here. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

How long your information is stored for:

The personal information you provide will be kept on our database for as long as is reasonably required for the purpose(s) for which it was submitted.

If you delete your account or request to be removed from a particular mailing list, your profile is tagged as inactive and, while people cannot use the personal information, it stays on the system until the data is deleted at CGD’s discretion.

Internet Protocol Address

We collect an IP address from all visitors to our website. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our Site, analyze trends, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the site, and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Use of "Cookies"

Our website uses cookies to enhance your experience while using our site. Cookies are pieces of information that some websites transfer to the computer that is browsing that website and are used for record-keeping purposes at many websites. Use of cookies makes web surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords, your personal preferences regarding your use of the particular website and to make sure you don't see the same ads repeatedly. Many consider the use of cookies to be an industry standard.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our website will not function properly when you view them.


Donations to CGD made over the web are handled through Click & Pledge. All information provided to Center for Global Development via Network for Good is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven system that encrypts your data before it is transmitted. is an SSL-encrypted site. We protect your subscription information by placing it on a secure portion of our website that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of Center for Global Development. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the internet is 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.

Other Websites

Our site contains links to other websites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which Center for Global Development has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this website, or your dealings with it, you can contact us by phone at +1202.416.4000 or email us at