The Stephen Lewis Foundation is committed to protecting your privacy and maintaining the confidentiality of your personal information. We adhere to the following principles when managing your information:

Maintaining Confidentiality

The Stephen Lewis Foundation respects the privacy of its donors; we do not sell, rent or trade our donor lists. We only collect information which you provide voluntarily to us through secured online donations, emails, over the phone, etc. The information we collect is used to process donations, keep you informed about the activities of the Foundation, and ask for your support in our goal to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS at the grassroots in Africa. If at any time you wish to be excluded from such contacts, please call us at 416-533-9292 or 1-888-203-9990 and we will accommodate your request.

Ensuring Security

The Foundation recognizes the need to protect the personal information you have entrusted us with and will take all reasonable steps to ensure the security and accuracy of the information we have about you.

By using a professional and secure payment service for online donations, we are better able to protect the privacy of personal and financial information. Secure Socket Layer (“SSL”) encryption technology is used when making online donations.

Like many other organizations, the Foundation may use ‘cookies’ in special areas of our website that require login or registration – these temporary files enhance your ability to use the website but are discarded when the session ends. See additional information below about ‘cookies’. Additionally, software may be utilized to record the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer that has contacted our website for the purposes of gathering website usage statistics.

Maintaining Openness

Your trust is important to us. You may access your personal information and ask any questions relating to this policy by contacting the Privacy Officer:

Margaret Wright
Stephen Lewis Foundation
260 Spadina Avenue, Suite 100
Toronto, ON M5T 2E4

Tel: 416-533-9292 x235
Toll-free: 1-888-203-9990 x235

Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites and Digital platforms

Articles on this site and in email newsletters may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Google Analytics and WordPress do record your IP address, geographical location, device, and Internet browser. We do not access individual IP addresses. You may view Google’s privacy policy, which includes YouTube, and Google Analytics’ use of cookies in Google’s developer guide. You may also view WordPress’s privacy policy, and its cookie policy. If you disable cookies on your internet browser, Google Analytics and WordPress will not be able to track your visit to our websites. Vimeo’s privacy policy can also be reviewed. 

How we use your data

Email mailing lists

We periodically send out newsletters, press statements, photographs, videos and other communication through our email mailing lists. We do not share your email address with anyone else.

Maintenance of mailing lists

We send emails to our mailing lists through MailChimp, which is a third party email marketing service that collects your name and email address. MailChimp’s privacy policy and cookie policy. We may also send emails via Outlook.

Unsubscribe from mailing lists

If you no longer wish to receive emails from one of our mailing lists, you may opt out of that mailing list by clicking on the unsubscribe link located at the bottom of our emails. Or, email your request to

Other data collection

Some visitors to our websites sometimes voluntarily submit information other than their names to register for events or to be added to online or paper publications. Such information may be stored in databases (collectively, “Databases”) operated by MailChimp, a third-party service. MailChimp’s privacy policy. Eventbrite is a third-party service we use for event registration, you can read their privacy policy, and cookies policy AKA Raisin is used for fundraising and events, and you can read their privacy policy.


We use, and you can review the privacy policies for, Google Analytics and Sprout Social.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

Although we are based in Canada, our mailing lists and databases include individuals who are in the European Union. Applicable rights are spelled out in the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.


If you have any questions about this data and privacy policy or wish to have any of your personal information removed, please contact us at

Data breaches

We will report data theft and any unlawful breach of our mailing list to relevant authorities.

Policy revision

This privacy policy is effective as of May 25, 2018. We will notify you of any material changes to our policy.