Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) Website Terms of Use

Any and all information posted on this website is for general information and/or educational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice, medical opinion, diagnosis, treatment or professional services of any kind whatsoever. Any information provided by the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation/Diabetes Research Institute (in either case, the “Foundation”) and/or this website is not a substitute for medical attention. See your licensed healthcare professional for your medical advice and treatment. The information provided by this website is not a substitute for diagnosing or treating health problems. It is important that you visit your own doctor regularly for physical examinations and check-ups. If you have or suspect that you may have a health problem, you should consult your licensed healthcare provider as soon as possible. Individuals should never disregard, avoid, or delay in obtaining medical advice from a licensed healthcare provider because of something that was read on this website.

The information on our website is managed and supported by the Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to change, modify, add and/or remove information from this website as it may deem appropriate at any time and without prior notice.

Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) Website Privacy Policy

The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Inc. (“Foundation”) is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of our donors, website visitors and other individuals who communicate with the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. We also want to assist you to better understand the information we gather, how we handle it, whether we disclose it to anyone, and your options regarding our use of, and your ability to correct, this information. The following Privacy Policy applies when you make a donation to Foundation, either online or otherwise, as well as when you visit our sites, DiabetesResearch.org, DRI.giftplans.org, or otherwise share your personal information with the Foundation as outlined below. By visiting our web sites, you are accepting this Privacy Policy. We will also provide hard copies of our Privacy Policy upon request or you may print it out from this page.

If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact at info@drif.org, or call us in the United States at 954-964-4040.

Donor Information

If you make a donation, either online or otherwise, we will request certain personally identifiable information about you (such as your name, address, telephone number, email address, and credit card information. This information enables us to process your donation and communicate with you about it. In addition, we may use such information to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, keep you updated about our work, analyze website usage, and improve our website’s content, layout, and services.

We may also collect from you the personal information about your contacts – specifically, those individuals for whom you may make a gift in tribute, register for an event, or make another financial contribution for in order to fulfill that transaction.

When you provide us with personal information about your contacts, we will only use this information for the specific reason for which it is provided.

If you believe that one of your contacts has provided us with your personal information and you would like to request that it be removed from our database, please contact us at 954-964-4040 or email info@drif.org

We may receive information about you from other sources, including publicly available databases or third parties from whom we have purchased data, and combine this data with information we already have about you. This helps us to update, expand and analyze our records, identify new donors, and provide products and services that may be of interest to you. If you provide us personal information about others, or if others give us your information, we will only use that information for the specific reason for which it was provided to us.

Examples of the types of personal information that may be obtained from public sources or purchased from third parties and combined with information we already have about you, may include:

  • Address information about you from third party sources, such as the U.S. Postal Service, to verify your address so we can properly mail a gift receipt to you and to prevent fraud
  • Purchased marketing data about our customers from third parties that is combined with information we already have about you, to create more tailored communications, appeals, advertising and/or products


Sharing with Third Parties

The Foundation may contract and work with third-party service providers to use Personal Information in order to better serve our users, conduct our business and improve our website.  These third-party service providers are not permitted to share or use the information collected except to help the Foundation conduct its business and improve its services. This Privacy Policy applies to all information received by the Foundation, either online or offline, as well as any electronic, written or oral communications. If you have further questions or would like to be removed from our database, please email us at info@drif.org.

The Foundation engages companies to assist us with such functions as hosting our website, donor information database, sending postal mail and email, modeling our data, and processing online and mail donations and credit card payments. These companies have access to personal donor information as needed to perform their functions. The Foundation requires that these companies keep such information confidential and are authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us. We may retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services, comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements. To have your contact information removed from our systems, contact us at 954-964-4040 or email info@drif.org  (See Security section below.)

You may also have an opportunity to complete questionnaires on our website or in the mail. Certain information collected from such questionnaires may be used to improve and enhance your experience on this website and/or for our research activities. For example, we may take such information, individually or aggregately, and share such information with unaffiliated third parties, in an anonymous form, which means that the shared information will not contain nor be linked to any Personal Information. Certain related information may also be provided to third parties for research, development or other similar purposes in furtherance of our mission. If, after completing a questionnaire on our website which, you wish to have that information removed after the purpose for which it was collected has been completed, please email us at info@drif.org or call 954-964-4040.

Mailing Lists

The Foundation occasionally rents or exchanges its donor list with other qualified nonprofit organizations to off-set fundraising costs. We respect the privacy of our supporters and, as such, would be pleased to exclude you from our list rental and exchange program.  Please contact us directly at any time at info@drif.org if you wish to be removed from the email and/or mailing list or if you would like to correct or change the personal information you have previously provided. To protect your privacy and security, we will take certain steps to verify your identity before granting access to your information or making corrections.

Other Information

Through our sites or otherwise, you may decide to submit personally identifiable information (such as your name, postal address, email address or connection to diabetes) for purposes other than donating (such as receiving an email newsletter or further information as to a particular topic). We collect and store this information and use it for the purposes for which you submitted it. In addition, we may use such information to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, keep you updated about our work, analyze website usage, and improve our website’s content, layout, and services. We do not share this information with any third parties except those that assist us with certain functions, as described above.

Other Disclosures

Please be advised that we may disclose your personal information to the government or to third parties pursuant to law enforcement inquiries, court orders, subpoenas and similar requests, or when we otherwise believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary or appropriate in connection with any activity that violates the law or may expose us to liability.


When you send personal information to us by submitting an online form on our site, the information you transmit to us travels via encryption software using the https protocol. We also require that the companies we work with to process your online donation payments using encryption software and security protocols, and that all vendors processing check and credit card transactions received on our behalf meet all industry standards, certify their compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and are audited to meet with the Statement on Auditing Standard 70 (SAS 70). The personal information that you provide is stored in a secure location and accessible only by designated employees trained in the proper handling of personal information. We employ industry standard techniques such as firewalls, encryption, intrusion detection, and site monitoring to protect your personally identifiable information from unauthorized access by users inside and outside the organization. You should be aware, however, that “perfect security” does not exist on the Internet; third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications.  If you have any questions about the security of your personal information, you can contact us at 954-964-4040 or email info@drif.org

We may retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services, comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements.

Browsing our Website

The Foundation does not collect any personally identifying information from you when you visit our sites unless you choose to provide such information to us.

You can browse the Foundation sites without telling us who you are or revealing any information about yourself. The Foundation may use web analytics services that may record mouse clicks, mouse movements, scrolling activity, text you type in the Sites, and similar activity. The Sites do not use these services to collect any personally identifiable information not otherwise provided by you in using the Sites, and they do not track your browsing habits across other third-party websites on our behalf.

We also use Google Analytics, which uses cookies and other, similar technologies to collect information about Site use anonymously and reports website trends, without identifying individual visitors. You can learn about Google’s practices by going to https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/, and opt out of them by downloading the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on, available at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Additionally, if you have come into the site from one of our newsletters or from a site that has requested a link to us, your browser may include a cookie that carries a general marketing source code with you as you browse through the site, in order to help us match referring sites to donations made. This cookie does not capture or hold any personally identifying information about you.

Cookies and Tracking Technologies

The Foundation and its partners use cookies or similar technologies to analyze trends, administer the website/donation forms, track users’ movements around the website/donation forms, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. You can control the use of cookies at the individual browser level, but if you choose to disable cookies, it may limit your use of certain features or functions on our website or service.

When you visit our website, we might store some information on your computer in the form of a “cookie” (i.e. a small piece of text that stores information on your browser in your computer’s hard drive) or similar file. We use conversion tracking cookies as part of campaigns in order to analyze trends, gather broad demographic information, and monitor site traffic patterns that can help us further develop and improve the design and functionality of our site. Similarly, we may also use cookies for ”retargeting” in our internet advertising campaigns so that third party vendors, including Google, can show you advertising about the Diabetes Research Institute and/or Foundation as you browse the Internet. Retargeting is a marketing tool that identifies you as a previous visitor to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation website and targets you for specific outreach messages, encouraging you to revisit our website or consider donating. The cookies will only be used to obtain non-personal information (you will be anonymous). If you prefer, you can usually set your browser to refuse cookies, or to notify you when you receive a new cookie. You can also opt out of receiving cookies on the Foundation website for Google advertising by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page (http://www.google.com/privacy/ads/#toc-edit).

Our website includes social media features, such as the Facebook Like button, and widgets, such as the Share This button. These features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our website. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policies of the companies providing them.

Links to Other Websites

This site contains links to other sites. Unless we expressly state otherwise, the Foundation makes no representations whatsoever concerning the content of those sites. The fact that the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation has provided a link to a site is not an endorsement, authorization, sponsorship, or affiliation with respect to such site, its owners, or its providers. There are risks associated with using any information, software, or products found on the Internet, and the Foundation cautions you to make sure that you understand these risks before retrieving, using, relying upon, or purchasing anything via the Internet.

Please be aware that the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites. Our Privacy Policy applies to all web pages under our domains, and not to any web pages not under our domains, regardless of any hyperlinks from a web page under our domains to a web page not under our domains.

Children’s Privacy

The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation welcomes children to learn more about our organization and about diabetes research, fundraising projects, and other information presented on the sites, and we are particularly respectful of the privacy of children. We encourage parents to monitor their children’s use of the Internet and to help us protect their privacy by instructing them never to provide personal information on this site or any other without permission. We will never attempt to extract unnecessary information from our users, regardless of age. Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without prior verifiable parental consent. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with such information without consent, we will use our best efforts to remove such information from our files. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that a child under 13 has provided such information to us, he or she should contact us at 954-964-4040 or email info@drif.org

Updating Your Information

Upon request the Foundation will provide you with information about whether we hold any of your personal information. We work to process and maintain accurately the information that you share with us. If you have donated to us and would like to access, correct, update, or delete your personal data or to adjust your mail preferences, you can do so by calling us at 954-964-4040, by emailing info@drif.org, or by sending us the update via postal mail sent to Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, 200 S. Park Road, Suite 100, Hollywood, FL 33021.

We will respond to your request within a reasonable timeframe.

Opt-Out Preferences

You may sign up to receive email or newsletter or other communications from us. If you would like to discontinue receiving this information, you may update your email preferences by using the “Unsubscribe” link found in emails we send you. If you would like to be removed from a mailing or e-mail list, you may also contact us at 954-964-4040 or email info@drif.org.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may, from time to time, make changes to our Privacy Policy, based on your comments and our need to reflect accurately our data collection and disclosure practices. If we make any material changes in the way we use your personal information, we will notify you by posting a prominent announcement on our website. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy.

Copyright and Trademark
The Foundation owns the proprietary rights in and to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and the Diabetes Research Institute marks, and in and to the contents of this website, including, but not limited to, all design, text, images, data, and third party marks, which are owned or licensed by the Foundation and/or www.diabetesresearch.org, which may not be copied, reproduced, transmitted, displayed, performed, distributed, rented, sublicensed, altered, or otherwise used in whole or in part in any manner by you without the express, prior written consent of the Foundation, except that you may download web pages from this website for personal use which does not harm the Foundation. Certain images have also been made available for download where explicitly stated for members of the media and the diabetes community in order to communicate news and information about the Foundation and the Diabetes Research Institute.


Limitation of Liability

Full responsibility for the use of this website and its content is with you. The Foundation makes no warranties of any kind, express or implied, regarding this website, its contents or the computer server which makes it available and the Foundation is not responsible and assumes no liability for any misinformation, or any viruses or other harmful elements that may infect, affect or damage your computer equipment or other property, related in any way to your access to, use of, browsing in, or downloading of any content from our website. Warranties of any and every type are expressly disclaimed and the Foundation is not responsible or liable in any way for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, direct, indirect, special, incidental and/or consequential damages) arising out of or in connection with the use (including unauthorized use or reproduction) of this website or your reliance on the content of this website, whether in an action of contract, tort or otherwise.


Questions or Suggestions

It is important to us at the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation to hear what our site visitors and donors have to say about our services or our policies. If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about this Privacy Policy, or want to let us know what you think about our programs and services, please send an email to info@drif.org, call us at 954-964-4040 or write to us by postal mail sent to Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, 200 S. Park Road, Suite 100, Hollywood, FL 33021.


This Privacy Policy was last updated on January 11, 2023.