We take a secure,

approach to privacy.

Updated on April 1, 2022

The Highlights

We keep Bold.org free for students and fee-free for donors with 100% of donations going directly to students.
To fund our operations, we work with highly vetted partners that Bold.org members may find valuable. Partner opportunities are tailored to your profile and interests.
Partner opportunities are completely optional. You’ll have access to the entire Bold.org platform regardless of whether you take advantage of our partner opportunities. Partners will always be clearly and conspicuously indicated.

This Privacy Policy describes how your personal information is collected, used, and shared when you visit or use the Bold.org, Inc. (“Bold”) website (the “Site”). In addition, we may from time to time add new sites that may not be listed in this Privacy Policy which are also considered the Site.

Your privacy matters to you and it matters to us.

At Bold, your privacy is a top priority. The information provided below is not just so we can make our lawyers happy, but to show you that we can be trusted with your information. If you are a California resident, please see our to learn more about your rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (the “CCPA”).

Your information that we collect

When you visit the Site, we automatically collect certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, IP address, time zone, and some of the cookies that are installed on your device. Additionally, as you browse the Site, we collect information about the individual web pages or products that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to the Site, and information about how you interact with the Site. This information is collected using the following technologies:

  • “Cookies” are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit https://www.allaboutcookies.org.
  • “Log files” track actions occurring on the Site, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.
  • “Web beacons,” “tags,” and “pixels” are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Site.

We may also collect personal information from you that includes your name and email address, and such other information as we may require to provide our services. Also, if you contact us, we collect additional information such as your location, and any personal information that you provide in your contact request. In addition, we may receive information about you from other online or offline sources, including third parties from whom we validate consumer self-reported information, and verify information we already have about you. This helps us to update, expand and analyze our records and provide products and services that may be of interest to you.

How we use your information

We use your information to provide our services. We will never sell your data to a third party.

You can ask us to delete and no longer use your information to provide our services at any time.

We also use information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Site).

We will share your information with scholarship providers, applicable academic institutions, and as otherwise necessary to provide the Bold service to you, but we will first clearly and conspicuously disclose that to you and obtain your consent before sharing such information. Bold generally does not share your information without your prior request and consent. By using the Bold service, you acknowledge, confirm, and consent to: (i) Bold’s generation of revenue from its partnerships with scholarship providers, applicable academic institutions, and other third parties who are necessary for Bold to provide its services to you, and (ii) Bold’s use of your information and data on Bold’s platform in order to do so. If you confirm that you would like Bold to share your information with a scholarship provider, academic institution, or other third party partner of Bold, Bold may generate revenue in connection with sharing that information. This includes third party processors (“Sub-processors”) which generally refers to technology vendors that need access to and use of your personal information to give us additional personal data about you, and to perform analytics and other work that we may need to outsource. These Sub-processors are bound by law and/or contract to protect the confidentiality and security of your personal information. They only process your personal information to provide requested services for us, and only act on our documented instructions.

For example, we use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site. You can read more about how Google uses your information here. You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here.

In addition to Google Analytics, we may share your information with other third parties in an aggregated and anonymous manner to assess the overall trends and information about our customers, but such sharing does not involve selling your information and does not directly generate revenue for Bold. This information will not contain any of your personal information and is only shared in an aggregated and anonymized manner.

Additionally, if you indicate you are interested in particular educational institutions in your profile or via other means when using Bold’s platform, Bold may sell your information to or share your information with those educational institutions from time to time. If you do not want Bold to sell or share your information with those educational institutions at all, please let us know by contacting privacy@bold.org.

Finally, we may also share your information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.

Some information security basics

The security of your information is very important. To help protect your information, we maintain reasonable physical, technical and administrative safeguards. We update and test our security technology on an ongoing basis. We restrict access to your personal information to those employees who need to know that information in order to provide services to you. In addition, we train our employees about the importance of confidentiality and maintaining the privacy and security of your information.

For our international users

The Site and the Services we offer through it are U.S. based and are controlled, operated and administered by Bold and its Sub-processors from offices and servers within the United States. The Site and this Privacy Policy is strictly intended for audiences located in the United States and are provided in accordance with and subject to applicable United States law. If you decide to continue to access our Site from your location outside the United States, you hereby agree that your use of the Site or any services we may offer are subject to this Policy and your personal information will be transferred or processed in the United States, and you may have fewer privacy rights and protections than you have in your country of origin.

Our retention of your information

We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you wish to request that we no longer use your information to provide you services or updates on additional products or for any other reason described in this Privacy Policy, contact us at privacy@bold.org. Additionally, we will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal or regulatory obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.


This notice supplements the Bold privacy policy and provides additional information applicable only to California residents identified as “consumers” regarding their personal information pursuant to the California Consumer Privacy Act (the “CCPA”). Unless otherwise indicated, terms used in this supplemental notice shall have the meanings ascribed them in the CCPA.

Access, Deletion and Do Not Sell Right

As a Consumer under the CCPA, you have the following right subject to certain limitations described in the CCPA: (1) to request that we disclose to you what Personal Information we collect, use, disclose and sell, including the right to request that we provide you the specific Personal Information we have collected about you in the prior twelve (12) months (the “Right To Know”), and (2) to ask us to delete your Personal Information (the “Right to Delete”).

The following links are provided as an easy way for you to exercise these rights. Alternatively, you can contact us for more information or to make a request regarding your Personal Information. To ensure that we do not provide or delete your Personal Information in response to a fraudulent request, we will require verification of your identity prior to proceeding with your request. In the event we are unable to verify your identity, we will not be able to proceed with a Right to Know request, and will proceed with a “Do Not Sell My Information” request in response to a Right to Delete request.

Right to know

We will provide the requested information for no charge up to two times during a 12 month period.

Right to delete

We will also direct our service providers to delete your Personal Information subject to limitations proscribed by the CCPA. This request may be fulfilled by erasing or de-identifying certain information as permitted under the CCPA.

Changes to our privacy policy

Please review this Privacy Policy from time to time as we may update this Privacy Policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to our practices or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons. Unless otherwise provided by applicable law, any changes that we make to this Policy will be published on the Site and will become effective upon publication. Your continued use of our services or the Site will constitute your acceptance of any such.

How to contact us

For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact us by e-mail at privacy@bold.org or by mail using the details provided below:

Effective Date: April 1, 2022.

Bold.org, Inc., 133 Kearny #400, San Francisco CA 94108 United States