Okoa Refuge respects the privacy of every person who visits our website, www.okoarefuge.org (“Website”). This notice explains our online information practices. Because your privacy is important to us, we give you notice and choices about the collection and use of your information. To make this notice easy to find, links are provided at the bottom of our homepage and on every page within our website. Additionally, each page that requests personally identifiable information reminds you of the importance of your privacy and provides a link to the privacy policy. By visiting Okoa Refuge on our Website, you accept the practices described in this Privacy Notice.

Use of Cookies

We use cookies, small files that are sent to your Web browser and stored on your computer’s hard drive, to improve your website experience. The cookie is used to speed up your access to the website and the information you wish to see, but it does not contain any personal information. The majority of web browsers accept cookies, but the “help” menu on your browser should give you options for preventing, accepting, or receiving notice of new cookies. However, please be aware that if you block cookies, some website functionality may be lost.

Data Collection

We collect two types of information:

  1. Standard web server traffic pattern information. General traffic, site usage, and length of stay information is collected and stored in log files. This type of information is shared externally only on an aggregated basis.
  2. Personal information. We do not collect personally identifiable information from you unless you offer it to us voluntarily and knowingly. If you volunteer, request information, or donate, we may collect the following information: first and last name, street address, city, state, zip code, telephone number, email address, and subject of inquiry. Contributions: If you choose to donate to our organization, we maintain a record of your contribution. We collect standard credit card information (card number, card type, expiration date) and keep a record of your financial transactions. Credit card numbers are held only until the charge can be processed (usually several minutes), then the number is only available for purposes of problem resolution. Requests: If you submit an online request or submit a question through a “contact us” query, we may have to gather additional information from you to respond to your request. Such information will vary with the request but often includes name, address, telephone number, and email address. Public Forums: If you choose to participate in a chat room, discussion board, newsgroup, or another public forum that we make available to our users, please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information. You should exercise caution when deciding whether or not to disclose your personal information.

Data Use

We limit the use of information provided to us on our site to the following:

Internal Use

If you do not make a service request, donation, purchase, or otherwise identify yourself, we will have no personally identifiable information about you. We will only use aggregate information derived, in part, from your use of our site to improve our site and our service to you. If you provide personal information, we may enter your name into our database and contact you in order to:

  • Supply you with information including after-school or mentoring-related news, Okoa Refuge programs, events, and services.
  • Request voluntary time or monetary contributions to Okoa Refuge.
  • Request your participation in an Okoa Refuge research study.
  • We collect the email addresses of those who communicate with us by email. Inquiries may be forwarded to the appropriate Okoa Refuge program for response and may be entered into our constituent database. If your name is entered into the database, we may contact you (see above).

External Use

Your information is privileged and confidential and will not be shared or released to any organization or business entity.

Your Options

We respect your privacy and allow you to restrict internal and external sharing of your personal information. For more information on how to inform us of any desired restrictions, please contact privacy@okoarefuge.org. If you contact us with an opt-out request, all reasonable efforts will be taken to ensure that you will not receive any of the selected communications from us in the future. If you do not wish to opt-out at this time, you may do so at a later date should you so desire. If you opt back into a specific service, you will receive communication in that manner, regardless of your overall opt-out selections.

Data Security

We are committed to protecting the security of your personal information and to honoring your choices for its intended use. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we strive to maintain physical, electronic, and administrative safeguards. We process your financial transactions (donations and purchases) via encrypted SSL service. SSL is the industry standard.

Web-Messaging Transactions

Whenever Okoa Refuge accesses personally identifiable information, appropriate procedures are followed to help ensure that the information is used only for authorized purposes and by authorized persons in a manner consistent with the choices Okoa Refuge constituents have made under this statement and that the security, integrity, and privacy of the information is maintained. While Okoa Refuge will employ procedures to help ensure that your information is only used for authorized purposes as described above, we cannot make any guarantees with respect to the actions or policies of such third parties.

Links within Our Website

Our privacy policies apply only to your use of the Okoa Refuge Website. This site may contain links to other sites, including sites that have a special relationship with us. We do not disclose personally identifiable information to those operating linked sites and we are not responsible for their privacy practices. Links to other sites do not imply an endorsement of the materials or policies on those websites. You should read the privacy policies of each site you visit to determine what information that site may be collecting about you.

Contact Us

This privacy statement will be updated periodically and posted on our website. It applies only to our online practices and does not encompass other areas of the organization. It applies to the online practices of Okoa Refuge. References to “Okoa Refuge,” “we,” “us,” and “our” are references to Okoa Refuge, Inc. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time by posting revisions. You agree to review the Privacy Policies each time you use our website so that you are aware of any modifications. By accessing or using the website, you agree to be bound by all of the terms and conditions of the Okoa Refuge Privacy Policy as posted at the time of your access or use. If you have any questions about our policy or our compliance, you may send us an email at privacy@okoarefuge.org or in writing at:

Security and Privacy Requests:

Okoa Refuge
PO BOX 50014
Jacksonville Beach FL, 32240

904-580-6562 (OKOA)


EIN: 30-0513457

Policy Updates

We reserve the right to update this policy at any time.