Houston Endowment Inc.
Privacy Policy with Terms of Use For


Last Updated: May 2020


This Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) explains how your information is collected and used when you visit the Houston Endowment website at www.houstonendowment.org (the “Website”) operated by Houston Endowment Inc., (“Houston Endowment” or “we”, “us”, “our”). Your use of the Website is also governed by the Website’s Terms of Use [add link]. In the event of any conflict between the terms of this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use, this Policy shall prevail. We respect your privacy and provide this policy to transparently explain our privacy practices. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully.


We process information you provide us when you submit an inquiry through our Website. When you visit our Website, you can opt in to our mailing list by submitting your contact information through our online contact form. You will be asked to provide information such as your name, title, email address and the name and address of your organization. You may also submit an inquiry by email. We refer to this entire data as “Contact Information”. We collect and process the contact information of your organization’s representative when you submit an application for a grant. When a representative of an organization submits an application for a grant from Houston Endowment, we will collect the representative’s contact information such as name, email address, title, street address, and phone number. We refer to this entire data as “Application Information”. You do not have a legal obligation to provide us with your Contact Information or Application Information; however, if you choose to not share this information with us we may not be able to respond to your inquiry, add you to our mailing list or process your organization’s grant application. We also collect analytics information about your use of the Website. When you visit the Website, we record and collect certain information about your interaction with the Website, including the IP address from which you access the Website, time and date of access, type of browser used, language used, links clicked, and actions taken while using the Website (“Analytics Information”).


To respond to and handle your inquiry. We process your Contact Information to contact you about your inquiry and handle your inquiry. To send you administrative communications. We process your Application Information to send you communications and administrative emails regarding your application and to provide you with further information and updates about our grant programs. To send you information about our services If you opt to join our mailing list, we will process your information to send you updates and information about our organization and its activities. You may opt-out of receiving such communications from us by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link attached to every email. We use Analytics Information to improve and enhance the Website, our services and our email communications. We also use it for business administration purposes. We use Analytics Information to improve the Website and enrich the content on the Website, our email communications and the products services we offer to customers. We also use the Analytics Information to adapt the Website, its content, and services and our email communications, to users’ preferences. Finally, we will use the Analytics Information to understand the market in which we operate and for managerial reporting and business planning.


We will not share your information with third parties, except in the events listed below or when you provide us your explicit and informed consent. We will process information with our service providers helping us to operate our business. We will process personal information with the assistance of our service providers who assist us with the internal operations of the Website and our business. These companies are authorized to use your personal information in this context only as necessary to provide these services to us and not for their own promotional purposes. We will share information with authorities and other third parties, if you abuse your right to use the Website, or violate any applicable law. If you abused your rights to use the Website, or if you violated any applicable law, we will share information with authorities and with third parties (such as legal counsel), for the purpose of handling the violation or breach. We will share your information if we are legally required to do so. We will share information if we are required to do so by a judicial, governmental or regulatory agency. We will share your information with third-parties in any event of change in our corporate structure. If the operation of our Website or business is organized within a different framework, or through another legal structure or entity (such as due to a merger or acquisition), we will share information only as required to enable the structural change in the operation of the business.


What are cookies? Cookies are text files, comprised of small amount of data, that are saved on your computer or other device (e.g. smartphone, tablet, etc.) when you use the internet and visit various websites. The information that the cookies maintain is read by the website you visit, during the session of your visit to the website (these are called ‘session’ cookies), and when you return to visit it again (these are called ‘persistent’ cookies). We use cookies necessary to operate the Website and for website statistics. We use cookies for a number of purposes, as briefly explained below: Necessary. Cookies that are strictly necessary for the functioning of the Website. The Website cannot operate properly without these cookies. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the Website may not function properly. Statistics. Analytics cookies that help us understand how you and other users interact with our Website by collecting data that does not directly identify you. You can always delete or disable cookies. You can always delete the cookies saved on your device through the settings of your computer browser or device. You can also disable cookies for future use through the settings of your computer browser or device.


We will maintain your information for as long as we need it for business purposes, and thereafter as needed for record-keeping purposes. We will maintain your information for the duration needed to support our ordinary business activities. Thereafter, we will still retain it as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, establish and defend legal claims and enforce our agreements. We implement measures to secure your information. We implement certain measures to reduce the risks of damage, loss of information and unauthorized access or use of information. However, these measures do not provide absolute information security. Therefore, although efforts are made to secure personal information, it is not guaranteed, and you cannot expect that the Website will be immune from information security risks.


If we change this Privacy Policy, we will post the updated version on our Website. From time to time, we may change this Privacy Policy by posting it on this Website.

Terms of Use

Welcome to the Houston Endowment website at: www.houstonendowment.org (the “Website”). The Website is owned and operated by Houston Endowment Inc. (“Houston Endowment”, the “Company”, “we” and “our”). Please carefully read the following terms and conditions (the “Terms” or “Terms of Use”). The Terms constitute a binding agreement between you and the Company. By entering, visiting or by using the Website in any other manner, you indicate your acceptance of these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, you may not access the website or use it in any manner.


The Website provides content and information about Houston Endowment’s activities. The Website’s content is presented for informational purposes only.


You have various ways of contacting us through the Website. However, nothing on the Website or in your submitted inquiries requires us to make any engagements with you, partner with you, provide any grants or other services to you, engage in any present or future marketing activities or engage in any discussions or negotiations with you.


The intellectual property rights associated with the Website, including copyrights, trademarks, trade names, patents, trade secrets, work methods and processes, and any other right, are the sole property of the Company or its third-party licensors. These rights apply, among others, to information, articles, images, content, graphic design, data and its processing, the Website’s “look and feel”, computer code and any other detail concerning its operation.

You are not allowed to copy, duplicate, distribute, sell, make available, market and translate any information, including trademarks, images, pictures, texts and computer code from the Website, without the Company’s explicit prior and written consent.

Trademarks featured on the Website (whether registered or not) are the sole property of the Company and/or its third-party licensors. You may not use them without our prior written consent.

We encourage you to submit your information and related content (“Submissions”) for consideration by Houston Endowment Inc.  Submissions will remain the intellectual property of the user who submits them.  However, by posting Submissions through the Website, you expressly grant us a worldwide, nonexclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, free-of-charge, sublicensable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt,  create derivative works from and distribute such Submissions, in whole or in part, and in any form, as needed to conduct our business.


When using the Website, you must refrain from –

We may employ technological measures to detect and prevent fraudulent or abusive use of the website.


The Website may contain links to content published on other websites provided by third parties. We do not operate or monitor these websites and content. You may find these websites or the information and content posted there objectionable or not compatible with your requirements. By linking to a certain website, we do not endorse, or sponsor its content, or confirm its accuracy, credibility, authenticity, reliability, validity, integrity, or legality. We assume no responsibility or liability for such third-party websites or content, or their availability, or for any transactions or dealings made between you and such third-party websites.


We respect your privacy. The Website’s privacy policy is available here and is hereby incorporated by reference to and forms an integral part of these Terms.


From time to time, we may change the Website’s structure, layout, design or display, as well as the scope and availability of the information and content therein, without prior notice. Changes of this type by their very nature may result in glitches or cause inconvenience of some kind.

The operation of the Website depends on various factors such as software, hardware and communication networks of the Company, its contractors and suppliers. By their nature, these factors are not fault free.

You agree and acknowledge that we do not assume any responsibility with respect to, or in connection with the introduction of such changes or from any malfunctions or failures that may result therefrom.

The availability, quality and functionality of the Website depends on various factors, including communication networks, and the quality of broadband, cellular, or wifi network connectivity, which are provided by third parties, at their responsibility. These factors are not fault-free.

We do not warrant that the website will operate without disruption, errors or interruptions, or that it will be accessible, or available at all times or immune from errors, glitches or unauthorized access.


From time to time, the Company may change the Terms. Changes will take effect 7 days after their initial posting on the Website, unless the Company amends the Terms to comply with legal requirements. In such cases, the amendments will become effective immediately upon their initial posting, or as required.


You acknowledge and agree that this website is being provided for use “as is” and “with all faults”. You will have no plea, claim or demand against the company or its officers, directors, shareholders, employees, sub-contractors and agents (“staff”), in respect of the website’s features, content, limitations or compatibility with your needs. Your use of the website and the information contained in the website, is at your full and exclusive risk. We disclaim all warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security, accuracy, or expected business results.

The company does not warrant, and hereby disclaims any warranties, either express or implied, with respect to the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of the website, information and content obtained from the website or links to other websites.


To the greatest extent permissible under applicable law, the company and anyone on its behalf shall not be liable to you, for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, exemplary, statutory, incidental or consequential damage, or any similar damage or loss, including loss of profit and loss of data, costs, expenses and payments, either in tort (including negligence), contract, or in any other form or theory of liability, arising from, or in connection with the website, its content, the use of, or the inability to use the website, or from any failure, error, or breakdown in the function of the website, or from any fault, or error made by our staff, or from your reliance on content available on or through the website, or from any communication with the company, or from retention, deletion, disclosure and any other use or loss of content or information.


You agree to indemnify and hold us and our affiliates, officers, employees, and agents (“indemnified parties”) harmless from any liability, loss, claim and expense, including attorneys’ fees and expenses, related to your violation of these terms of use or your use of the website.


These Terms shall be governed solely by the laws of the State of Texas without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

The state and federal courts located in Harris County shall have sole and exclusive jurisdiction and venue over any claim in connection with the Website or in respect of any matter relating to these Terms.


You may contact us with any questions or comments, at: communications@houstonendowment.org.  

Last Updated: May 2020.