Privacy Policy

Mario Batali Foundation (“Service Provider,” “we,” “us” or “our”) respects the privacy of visitors to this website. The following privacy policy (the “Policy”) covers the website (“Site”) only.  We understand that you are concerned about privacy, and trust that we will use your personal information safely and responsibly pursuant to this Policy.  The purpose of this Policy is to inform our visitors (“you,” “your” or “user”) about the types of information we gather about you when you visit our Site, how we may use that information, with whom it is shared, what choices you have regarding our use of your information and how you may access some of the information you provide to us.  We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time by posting a new privacy policy at this location.  Therefore, we encourage you to refer to this Policy on an ongoing basis so that you understand our Policy and are aware of any changes.

Please read this Policy carefully.  You can access this Policy at any time at  BY VISITING THE SITE, YOU ARE ACCEPTING THE PRACTICES DESCRIBED IN THIS POLICY.  IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS POLICY, OR ANY POSTED GUIDELINES OR RULES, THEN PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS SITE.  In addition to reviewing this Policy, please read our Terms of Use.  Your use of the Site constitutes agreement to its terms and conditions, your continued access will constitute your acceptance of any changes or revisions to this Policy.


Pursuant to California Civil Code section 1798.83, a California resident who has provided personal information to a business with whom he/she has established a business relationship has the right to request from that business certain information regarding whether the business has disclosed personal information to any third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes.  As described in more detail below, we may share your personal information with certain third parties consistent with our charitable mission.  California residents have the right to request a cost free list of all third parties that have received any such personal information in the preceding calendar year, as well as a list of the categories of personal information that were disclosed.  California residents may make such request by sending an e-mail; or by postal mail to: Mario Batali Foundation, 45 East 20th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10003, Attn: Legal c/o Cathy Frankel.


Personally Identifiable Information
At various locations on our Site, such as when you register, subscribe, donate, contact us, enter a promotion or on message boards, blogs and in surveys, we may request that you supply us with personally identifiable information (e.g., name, e-mail address, postal addresses, home, work and/or mobile telephone number, birth date, gender and/or credit card information).  If you do not want your personally identifiable information collected, please do not submit it to us.  When you do provide us with personally identifiable information, we may use that information to better understand your needs and how we can improve our Site, events, service offerings and your browsing experience in order to provide you with information, marketing and advertising tailored to your specific interests and preferences.  We may also use that information to contact you, for example, to answer a question or respond to a comment you have submitted.  In addition, we may use your personal information to keep you up to date on the latest event announcements, special offers, promotions, to notify the winners of our promotions, contests and sweepstakes and for communicating other information we think you would like to hear about.

We do not knowingly collect or maintain personal information from children under the age of thirteen (13) or send them requests for personal information.  If you are under the age of thirteen (13), you should not furnish us with any identifiable information about yourself.  If we learn that personally identifiable information of persons under thirteen (13) years of age has been collected on the Site, we will take the appropriate steps to delete this information.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information

In some cases, when you visit our Site, we may also collect information that is non-personally identifiable information or information that, by itself, cannot be used to identify or contact you.  Examples of this type of information include the type of Internet browser or computer operating system you use, demographic information (your age, gender, income, education, profession, zip code, etc.), the date and time you visited our Site, the pages you accessed, the name of the website from which you linked to our Site and other anonymous data involving your use of our Site.  We also may ask for additional information (e.g., your favorite charities, foods, brands and interests) which you have the option not to provide.  We use this information to analyze trends, to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use and for fundraising, and promotional purposes.  This information is not linked to any personally identifiable information.


We may use “cookies” – small pieces of data or text files that are stored on your computer tied to information about you.  This information will help us enhance your experience on the Site (e.g., the option of saving your username and password for the Site by placing a cookie on your personal computer).  Cookies can store non-personally identifiable information, such as what websites, pages, or advertisements your browser has accessed and may be tied to the personal information you knowingly choose to provide to us.

Some of our sponsors and advertisers may serve you cookies as well.  We do not have control over cookies placed by advertisers.  We may also use advertising service vendors to help present advertisements on the Site.  These vendors may use cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other websites you have visited, to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements.  In doing so, these vendors may collect non-personal information from you (see above for more information).  The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these advertising service vendors is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Service Provider disclaims all liability in connection therewith. A “Flash” cookie is place on your device via the Adobe Flash plub-in that may be built into or downloaded to your device: information about disabling Adobe’s Flash cookies can be found on Adobe’s website at  “HTML5” cookies do not require a plug-in, but certain browsers may allow you to disable these types of cookies; each browser you use will need to be set separately, and each browser offers different functionality and options, and browser settings may not effectively block or disable Flash cookies or HTML 5 cookies. Please refer to your browser instructions or “help” screen to learn more about your browser’s functions.

You may be served with targeted advertising, including but not limited to, location based advertising. For information about how to opt-out of certain targeted advertising in the United States, visit:

You have some control over cookies.  Most Internet browsers can be set to refuse to accept certain cookies, although this may affect your Internet experience.  You can also erase cookies that are already on your computer, block cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is stored.  Please refer to your browser instructions or “help” screen to learn more about these functions.

Certain mobile service providers identify individual mobile devices and we and our third-party service providers may receive such information if you access the Site through a mobile device.  Additional information may be collected when you use a mobile device to access the Site, including your mobile phone number and the physical location of your device. This information may be collected by your mobile service provider, our Site or our third-party service providers and such information may be shared with us.

Our Site or our third party service provides may use geo-tracking software (or other location based software).


When you provide us with your e-mail address pursuant to a donation or if you subscribe to our e-mail list or electronic newsletter we may share your e-mail with certain third party charities, and other entities consistent with our mission that we believe may be of interest to you.  Consistent with our mission, we may use e-mail addresses to occasionally deliver information relevant to you, such as special events, benefits, newsletters, promotions, surveys and notification of other noteworthy news items.  If you send us an e-mail with questions or comments, we may use the personal information you provide to respond to your questions or comments, and we may save your questions or comments for future reference.  However, we will provide you with the option to change your preferences and opt-out of receiving those communications.  You may request at any time that we not e-mail you in the future by clicking the “unsubscribe” link which is included at the bottom of any e-mail communication that you receive from us and hitting send, or by contracting us at with the subject: “UNSUBSCRIBE.” If you unsubscribe, you should assume that your request has been received and is being processed.  Please allow ten (10) business days from when the request was received to complete the removal of your e-mail address from our database as some of our promotions may have been in process before submitting such request we will make reasonable efforts to discontinue these e-mail communications as soon as practicable.


We may disclose personal information to our affiliates, subsidiaries, partners, contractors and permitted agents who assist us in providing services in connection with this Site and our charitable activities.  For example, we may hire a shipping company to help us deliver confirmation packages, premiums and similar promotional items to you.  We may also may share your personal information to a third party to process online transactions and credit card payments, provide promotional products and services/assistance, e-mail services, or facilitate our charitable activities.


Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose information as required by law, rule or regulation or where we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to protect its rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, as requested by a governmental or law enforcement authority or other legal process.  This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction.  In addition, we reserve the right to use or disclose non-personal information in any way we see fit.


Any information we collect may be retained for an indeterminate period of time.


Our Site has taken reasonable security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of information under our control.  We safeguard the security of the data you send us with physical, electronic, and other procedures.  However, it is not possible to guarantee the security or integrity of information disclosed online.  As no data transmission over the Internet is completely secure, we urge you to take every precaution to protect your personal data when you are on the Internet.  Change your passwords often, use a combination of letters and numbers, and use a secure browser.  Because no physical or electronic security is impenetrable, by using the Site, you agree to assume all risks in connection with the information sent to us or collected by us when using the Site.


Our Site contains links to other websites.  Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites and we do not promote or endorse any such other websites.  We encourage you to be aware when you leave our Site and to read the privacy statements of every website that collects personally identifiable information.  This Policy applies solely to information collected by our Site and does not cover information collected elsewhere, including without limitation on websites linked to from the Site.


If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our Policy, or if you have submitted personally identifiable information through the Site and would like access to such information or to have that information corrected, please contact our webmaster:

Postal address:

Mario Batali Foundation
45 East 20th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10003
Attn: Legal c/o Cathy Frankel


Last updated as of February 11, 2014

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