Privacy Policy

Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington
(Updated October 27, 2020)

The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (“POB”) is committed to protecting the privacy of its members and others who use this website, located at, or any website owned or controlled by POB (collectively referred to as the “Site”). This online privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) describes how POB collects and uses personally identifiable information about you. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected by POB via the Site.

POB reserves the right to modify or otherwise update this Privacy Policy at any time. You should visit this page from time to time to review the current terms. To assist you in knowing when the Privacy Policy was last updated, the month and year of the most recent policy update appears at the top of this page. In the event POB makes a material change to the Privacy Policy, we will notify you by e-mail (to the e-mail address we have on file) or by posting a notice to the Site.


“Personally identifiable information” (“PII”) is information that identifies you personally, such as your name, address, telephone number, or email address. We do not collect or obtain any personally identifiable information about you except when you voluntarily provide it to us. Please note that in order to receive some benefits or participate in some activities, it will be necessary for you to provide some PII. The type of product or service that you seek will determine the personally identifiable information that is collected. For example, if you request a brochure, you will need to provide your mailing address so that we can send it to you.

We collect non-personally identifiable information from all visitors to our Site. “Non-Personally Identifiable Information” can be technical information or it can be demographic information, such as your age, gender or interests. For example, we automatically receive and record information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address and POB cookie information. Non-personally identifiable information does NOT identify you personally, but it may be combined in our files with your PII. Here are some examples of the non-personally identifiable information that is collected via the Site:

  • Cookie — A “cookie” is a small text file that may be used to collect information about your activity on the Site. For example, when someone visits a page within the Site, a cookie is placed on the user’s device (if the user accepts cookies) or is read if the user has visited the Site previously. You may set most browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser, but if you do, you may not be able to take advantage of the personalized features enjoyed by other users to our Site. Please check your browser to determine where these types of cookies are stored and how they may be deleted.
  • We also may collect demographic information to identify the type of visitors we have to the Site, and what pages on the Site are most popular.

If you do not want POB to have access to this non-personally identifiable information, please do not visit our Site.


We use your PII and non-personally identifiable information for the following purposes:

  • To confirm your donations or your identity or availability as a volunteer;
  • To deliver services, such as information, newsletters or other content that you request;
  • To contact you in response to queries you post through the Site;
  • To alert you to special events, fundraising, updated information and other new services from POB;
  • To ensure the Site is relevant to your needs;
  • To help us create and publish content most relevant to you; and
  • To notify you about a material change to this Privacy Policy or the terms of service, if necessary;

We may share or disclose your information with third parties in the following instances:

  1. We may, for the purpose of POB’s recruitment and retention activities only, provide your PII, including your e-mail address, to affiliated organizations.
  2. We may share your information in order to fulfill a service to you or to process your request or donation. For example, if you are a member of the Site, we may use your information to provide you with membership services and information. In addition, if you e-mail us a question, we may use your e-mail address to process your request and respond to your question.
  3. We may disclose your information to law enforcement in order to comply with a subpoena or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the requirements of law or comply with legal process served on us, protect and defend our rights or property or act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of other individuals.
  4. If POB is acquired by or merged with another entity, the terms of this Privacy Policy shall continue to apply. In this event, POB will notify you before information about you is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy. 
  5. We may track and analyze non-identifying and aggregate usage and volume statistical information from you and other visitors to the Site and provide such aggregate information to third parties, such as statisticians, for analysis.
  6. In order to protect against potential fraud, we may verify with third parties the information collected from the Site. In the course of such verification, we may receive PII about you from such services. In particular, if you use a credit card or debit card to purchase services with us, we may use card authorization and fraud screening services to verify that your card information and address matches the information that you supplied to us, and that the card has not been reported as lost or stolen.

Except as described in this Privacy Policy or at the time we request the information, we do not otherwise use, share or otherwise disclose your PII to any third parties. Other than as set out above, you will receive notice when information about you might go to third parties, and you will have an opportunity to choose not to share the information.


POB sends “transactional or relational e-mail messages,” which include, but are not limited to, E-newsletters, informational bulletins, meetings, fundraising campaigns, and surveys. You may opt-out of a specific e-mail list by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any e-mail message sent to you from POB or its component or affiliated organizations.


We provide you with an opportunity to access your personally identifiable information to ensure it is correct, accurate and current, or to delete your personally identifiable information from our databases. You may request that we correct or delete information collected about you by sending us an e-mail at You also may remove your name from our third-party mailing list by clicking on the unsubscribe button on an email from us or by calling (202) 234-1010.


This Privacy Policy applies only to POB and the information POB collects on the Site. The Site contains links to other websites, such as those of POB Professional Members. POB is not responsible for the data collection policies or privacy practices of any of these other linked websites. We encourage you to read the privacy policies and the terms of use of all websites that you visit through links on the Site.


We implement commercially reasonable security measures to protect the security of your information, both on and off line. If you have any questions about security of your information collected through at this Site, you can send an e-mail to


No data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, POB cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, or to or from our online services.


POB does not intentionally collect PII from individuals under 18, nor does it sell products for purchase by children. We sell products for purchase by adults, although they may be used by children. If you are under 18, you may use the Site only with the involvement of a parent or guardian. 


California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits our visitors who are California residents to request certain information regarding POB’s disclosure of personally identifiable information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please contact us:

Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington
415 2nd Street NE, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 234-1010
Fax: (202) 234-1020