Privacy Policy

Last updated: May 1, 2009

THIS PRIVACY POLICY DESCRIBES YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES WHEN USING THE ABBEY’S HOPE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION WEB SITE, www.abbeyshope.org. PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY.

Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation (“AHCF,” “we” or “us”) is committed to protecting the privacy and security of visitors to our Web site, www.abbeyshope.org ( the “Site”). Outlined below is our Web site privacy policy for information we collect through our Web site and e-mail lists. If you have questions about these policies, or if you would like to unsubscribe from our e-mail list, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

1. Resale or Disclosure of Information to Third Parties. We will not share or otherwise disclose to any third party any personal information, including your name, address, e-mail addresses, or financial information, with other unaffiliated organizations. Only AHCF staff and our authorized agents have access to personally identifiable information provided by visitors to our Site.

2. Personalization of Content. The Site may use "cookies" to help personalize and maximize your online experience and time online. We may also use cookies to better understand how our visitors use our site. By modifying your personal Web browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, be notified when a cookie is set, or reject all cookies. However, please note that if you reject some or all cookies, your experience on our Site and on other sites throughout the Internet may not be complete. In addition, if you do not allow cookies, you will not be able to take advantage of personalized content delivery offered by other Internet sites or by us.

3. Updating Your Information. You may review, correct, update or change your account profile information at any time. Simply log into your account at http://abbeyshope.org/user, enter your user name and password. You may review your account information and, if you wish, edit it with the options provided. If you have any questions, you may contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4. Browser Information Collected on Our Site. As with any Web site operator, we analyze our Web site logs to constantly improve the value of our Site. We may use an external service to provide reporting to us and our authorized agents of browser accesses to our site, including page views, unique views, unique visitors, repeat visitors, frequency of visits, and peak-volume traffic periods. We do not use this service to gather, request, record, require, collect or track any Internet users' personally identifiable information.

5. Privacy of Our E-mail Lists. We maintain several e-mail lists to keep our supporters, the press and policy makers informed about the news and events. Individuals who provide optional information may also receive materials in the U.S. mail and/or be contacted by telephone by authorized AHCF staff or representatives. We do not share the e-mail addresses on our lists with staff outside of AHCF. We configure our list server software to refuse to divulge the e-mail addresses of our list subscribers to anyone but authorized AHCF staff and agents. Only AHCF staff and our authorized agents have access to personally identifiable information provided by visitors to our site.

6. Sending E-mails via the Site. In certain cases, we enable you to send individual e-mails to the various government officials and other targets through our Site. These messages are sent in your name, with your e-mail address as the return address and your full name and contact information is provided as part of the submission. These messages will only be sent out under your name as you approve them on an individual basis using our e-mail too. You are solely responsible for the specific message(s) you send using our e-mail tool.

7. Data Tracking. In order to better serve our visitors, we use cookies and periodically analyze Web logs. We may also use third-party services. This helps us understand traffic patterns and know if there are problems with our Web site. We may also use embedded images in e-mails to track open rates for our mailings so that we can tell which mailings appeal most to AHCF visitors. URLs contained in e-mails may contain an ID that enables us to correctly identify the person who takes an action using a Web page. We use these URLs to simplify the process of signing petitions and filling out surveys. We may occasionally present a shortened URL that references a longer URL which contains an ID. we do this to simplify the display, to prevent links from becoming broken when copied, and to ensure compatibility with e-mail programs that do not handle long URLs. When a shortened URL is displayed in an e-mail, you will see the full URL in the browser's address bar when you access the page.

8. Links to Other Web sites. We may provide links to third-party Web sites, and other Web sites may provide links to this Site. Third-party Web sites operate according to their own terms of use and privacy policies. We have no control over such third-party Web sites and, by using this Site, you acknowledge and agree that AHCF is not responsible for the availability of such third-party sites and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products or other materials on or available from such sites. You further acknowledge and agree that AHCF is not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use or reliance on any content, advertising, products or other materials on or available from such sites.

9. Financial Donations. If you choose to make a donation to AHCF through our Site, your credit card information will be used only for this transaction through our secure online payment system. AHCF does not retain credit card information.

10. Children. AHCF does not solicit personally identifying information from children. Visitors who are under 13 years of age should ask their parent or legal guardian for assistance when using the Site and should not submit any personally identifying information to the site. For example, visitors under 13 years of age should not make donations, use the AHCF e-mail tool or post comments to Abbey’s Community without the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian.

11. Changes to Privacy Policy. We reserve the right to update or modify our Privacy Policy without advance notice by posting a revised Privacy Policy to the Site. You can determine whether the Privacy Policy has been modified since your last visit by checking the “Last updated” legend posted at the top of the Privacy Policy. We will not change our policies and practices to make them less protective of user information collected prior to the effective date of any changes without the consent of affected users. We encourage users to visit this page periodically to review our current Privacy Policy.

12. Security. We use industry-standard encryption technologies when transferring and receiving financial data from our site. In addition, we have appropriate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss or misuse of information at our site that we have collected from you. However, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat those measures or use your personal information for improper purposes.

The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

Read More

Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.
  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.
  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.
  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.


More water safety tips