Privacy Policy

Updated 4/30/2019

Central Asia Institute (CAI) respects and values privacy. The following constitutes CAI’s Privacy Policy for the collection, protection, and use of the personal data we receive from donors and supporters that is collected in any format, including, but not limited to, special events, websites (including email), mail, and phone.  This Privacy Policy aims to give you information on how CAI collects and processes your personal data through your use of this website or otherwise, including any data you may provide through this website.

It is your duty to inform us of changes. It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.

Third-party links. This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.

The Information and Data We Collect

Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).  It includes information that identifies you personally, such as your name, address, telephone number, and email address. We collect and store the personal information that you have provided us via one of the email addresses identified on our website or when you otherwise contact us in person, by phone or email, for any reason.  We also collect your name, email address and other contact information if you register for an event, as well as collecting your name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, and payment information when you make a contribution, either on our website, at a special event, over the phone or by mailing in a check.  The above list provides a sample of personal information that may be collected by CAI.  From time to time, we may collect personal information from you in other ways, including from those who subscribe to our newsletter or blog, those who visit our website (see our policy on cookies) and request information about CAI. CAI will NOT sell, rent, or trade this information to a third party for fundraising or marketing purposes, nor will CAI send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. CAI will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

Donations made to CAI are safe and secure. CAI uses industry-standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption to protect the confidentiality of personal information and the security of all transactions made through the websites.

When making a donation, we use your mailing or email address to communicate directly with you, as well as to send your tax-deductible receipts for all donations, unless other instructions are provided. Donors and supporters may choose to opt out of receiving CAI communications at any time.

We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:

  • Identity Data includes first name, last name, username or similar identifier, title, and gender.
  • Contact Data includes email address, street address, and telephone numbers.
  • Technical Data includes internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website. 
  • Usage Data includes information about how you use our website, support our programs, or otherwise interact with our delivery of services. 
  • Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving “marketing” (including donation support requests) from us and your communication preferences.

We also collect, use and share aggregated data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your usage data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature. However, if we combine or connect aggregated data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used and otherwise protected in accordance with this privacy notice.

We do not collect any special categories of personal data about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offenses.

If you fail to provide personal data.  Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you (for example, to provide you with goods or services or process contributions). In this case, we may have to cancel a product or service you have with us but we will notify you if this is the case at the time.

NEW YORK – you may obtain information on charitable organizations and obtain a copy of our latest financial report from the New York Attorney General’s Charities Registry at or, upon request, by contacting the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, or calling (212) 416-8401.

CAI does not intend – and this website is NOT designed – to collect personal information from children under age 18. Anyone under 18 years of age should not provide personal information or use this site without the supervision or authorization of a parent or legal guardian.

Please note that children under the age of 18 may not make donations on this website without parental consent.

How We Collect Data

We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:<