Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy & Donor Privacy Policy

Our Commitment to Privacy

amfAR respects the privacy of everyone who visits our websites.  This notice applies to our information collection practices for this and all amfAR websites. Because your privacy is important to us, we provide you with notice and choices about the collection and use of your information. This privacy notice is available on amfAR’s homepage and on all other pages of the site.

Donor Privacy Policy

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will only share or sell personal information (personal information refers to any donor information, including both email and physical addresses, as well as phone numbers) once the donor has given amfAR specific permission to do so.

If you are a donor who is currently receiving messages from amfAR and would like to opt out of any mailing, either physical or via email, please contact in order to opt out. Please note your request will be processed within 48 hours and will go into effect for all future mailings.

The Information We Collect

amfAR is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We only sell, share, or rent this information to others once the donor or visitor has given amfAR specific permission to do so via an “opt-in” mechanism. We primarily collect information from users only in connection with online donations, sales of tickets to special events, conference registrations, and for any other purposes that are clearly identified.

amfAR may occasionally share mailing address information gathered from subscribers with organizations or parties it considers to be supportive of its broader mission. amfAR may also share information with trusted third-party vendors who contact you on behalf of amfAR.

Occasionally, amfAR does exchange or rent mail lists to like-minded organizations through bonded third-party vendors. These organizations are never given direct access to amfAR’s donor database. amfAR itself screens each mailing before we allow it to be sent to our list. Information pertaining to current amfAR board members, major donors, and/or $250+ donors is never — under any circumstance — released to external entities for the purpose of list rentals or exchanges.

Should you not wish your information to be shared with or sold to other organizations, you may opt out at any time by contacting our Donor Services Department mailing address below, or by emailing us at

On the online financial transactions pages listed above, we collect the following personally identifiable information: name, address, e-mail address, phone number, and credit card information. The personally identifiable information you provide is used to acknowledge receipt of your donation for tax purposes and to include you on amfAR’s mailing list. If you do not wish to be added to our mailing list, please let us know. Our online donation form has an “opt-in” mechanism for those users who wish to make donations, but do not want to receive any additional information or other material from amfAR.

Also, when you send a donation in honor or in memory of someone and request that an acknowledgment be sent to another individual/family, we will use the name and address of that individual/family for acknowledgment purposes only.

How does this site use cookies?

Cookies are simple text files stored by your web browser that provide a method of distinguishing among donors and visitors to the website. amfAR uses cookies to identify your browser as you visit pages on amfAR and third-party websites. Cookies created on your computer by using our website do not contain personally identifiable information and do not compromise your privacy or security. Cookies allow amfAR to gather anonymous information. Cookies also allow amfAR to provide more relevant, targeted content as you travel through sites in the Google network as appropriate.

We use services such as Google AdWords and Google Analytics for tracking, reporting and analyzing website activity.

We do not run interest-based advertising campaigns that collect personally identifiable information including, but not limited to, email addresses, telephone numbers, and credit card numbers, nor do we associate personally identifiable information (PII) with remarketing lists, cookies, data feeds, or other anonymous identifiers. We do not use or associate targeting information, such as demographics or location, with any PII collected from the ad or its landing page. amfAR does not share PII with Google through our remarketing tag or our product data feeds that might be associated with our ads. 

To see how Google may use information collected through your use of Google’s search services visit Google’s Ads Help Center.

If you want to opt out of Google’s use of cookies visit Google’s Ads Settings Page.

Correcting Your Information

You may correct or amend the personal information maintained in amfAR’s mailing lists by contacting To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections. Prior to being given any information, callers will be asked cross-referenced questions, i.e., full name, address, phone number, and, if applicable, credit card expiration date, in order to verify their identity and protect the privacy of amfAR’s donors.

Links to Other Sites

This site contains links to other sites. amfAR is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these linked websites.

Our Commitment to Data Security

Personally identifiable information is securely stored and is not publically accessible. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, amfAR has put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. We process financial transactions securely using the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, including encrypting transactions to provide an additional layer of security.

Legal Disclosure

We may release information if required to do so by law or if, in our sole discretion, such disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of our website, amfAR, our officers, directors, employees, other users, and/or the public.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

In the event that amfAR decides to change its privacy policy, we will post those changes on our website so that users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. Any changes will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised policy.

How to Contact Us

Should you have any questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please call us at 212-806-1600, or send an e-mail to, or write to Donor Services Department, amfAR, 120 Wall Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10005.

For additional information on charitable organizations donors may contact The New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau at (212) 416-8401, by emailing, or by visiting their website at