We Care About Your Privacy.

Privacy Policy Last Updated: December 11th, 2017

+Acumen (“+Acumen”) is a program of Acumen Fund, Inc. (“Acumen,” “we,” “our,” “us”), a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation. At Acumen, we understand that privacy is important and that you trust us to keep secure any information we obtain from you or about you. We are committed to protecting the privacy of visitors to our website, and making you aware of the ways in which we may use any information that we collect from you.

Acumen offers world-class online courses that empower you to think differently, learn collaboratively and join a global community of learners and doers with a burning desire to change the world (the “+Acumen Courses”). 

This Privacy Policy is designed to help you better understand the information we gather, use, and share and store information when you use our +Acumen website (the “Website”) and the +Acumen Courses. For purposes of this Privacy Policy, the Website and the +Acumen Courses, discussion forums and all content, information and services hosted on our Website are collectively called the “Services.” This Privacy Policy also describes the choices you have regarding our use of your information. Please note that this Privacy Policy applies only to +Acumen and our Services and not necessarily to other companies with whom we work or to organizations’ websites to which we may link. This Privacy Policy is incorporated by reference into the +Acumen Terms of Use and Conditions. By sharing information with Acumen, visiting this Website or by using the Services, you are agreeing to this Privacy Policy.

I. Information We Collect and How We Collect It

A. Information You Provide Directly to Us

To provide you the Services, we may collect information that you disclose to us through your use of the Website, or the Services. For example, we collect information from you when you sign up for and participate in our online courses; when you contact us by email, over the telephone, or by other means to ask us questions; or respond to our surveys, promotions, or requests. The information we collect may include, but is not limited to, your name, age, contact information such as telephone number, mailing address, and email address, payment information, employment and education information, and learning preferences.

B. Information Collected Through Your Use of the Services

When you browse our Website or use our Services, we may collect certain network and device information.  We collect this information primarily to provide an enhanced online experience.  The information we collect may include, but is not limited to, the type of operating system in use [e.g. Macintosh, Windows] and the domain name and the type of browser being used [e.g. Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.], weblogs and other communication data, including your IP address, and the date and time you accessed or left this website and which pages you viewed.

C. Use of Cookies, Local Storage, Aggregate Data Collected Online

Cookies are text files created by websites that transfer information to your computer. Cookies allow websites to remember information about a user, such as a user’s preferences when visiting the website. As with most websites, Acumen, by itself and through third-party services such as Google Analytics, uses cookies to evaluate use of this website and improve services. You can generally opt to disable cookies in your browser. However, if you disable cookies, you may not be able to access certain parts of this website or certain aspects of this website may not work correctly.

We do not track or collect personally identifiable information unless you provide information to us when you sign up for and use our Services.  Our Website does not have the ability to respond to a ‘do not track’ signal on a user’s browser.

Our Website utilizes web beacons, pixel tags, cookies, local storage, embedded links, and other commonly used information-gathering tools.

D. Information Collected from Third Parties

We also collect information about you from third parties. For example, portions of the Website may include features or widgets from various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube (each, a “Social Media Platform”), and we may enable you to register or log in to our Website through a Social Media Platform. These features use Cookies to collect information about your IP address and the pages on our Website that you have visited. Your interactions with those features are governed by the terms of use and privacy policies of the companies that provide them.

We work with a number of third party course platforms to offer you our +Acumen Courses. When you sign up for or access one of our +Acumen Courses, you may be directed to a third party platform. If you sign up for or access one of our +Acumen Courses on or through a third party platform, the collection, use, and disclosure of your information and your use of the +Acumen Courses will be subject to the privacy policies and other terms of such third parties. You should review such privacy policies, terms, and other agreements.

When you sign up for or access one of our +Acumen Courses through a third party platform, you allow us to collect certain information from the third party as permitted by the terms of that third party, your privacy settings, and in accordance with this privacy policy. For example, a third party platform may share with us your name; email address; demographic information; course activity; course results; and course survey responses.

II. How We Use and Share the Information We Collect

A. How we use the information we collect:

Acumen will use the information we collect for the following purposes:

  • To respond to your questions and requests, as well as to keep track of support and customer service requests;
  • To provide you the Services and Website features;
  • To maintain and improve the Services and Website;
  • To prevent fraud;
  • To email or contact you regarding +Acumen Course feedback, solicitations related to our work, our newsletters, and promotions and special offers from us and our partners;
  • To manage your account and account access;
  • To provide you with purchase confirmations.

B. How we share the information we collect:

Acumen will not sell your personal information to third parties.  However, we may disclose information we collect to third parties for the following purposes:

  • To comply with applicable law, regulation or governmental request; protect safety of Acumen, users of this website, or others; protect the rights or property of Acumen; to comply with contractual obligations of Acumen; and other instances when Acumen is legally required to disclose your information;
  • To share information that is public or does not include personal information, for example, aggregated data or a publicly posted comment;
  • To provide third parties with statistical information about the users of our website;
  • To third parties if you use certain third-party features to share information about user activity through our Website, for example, the “Share” button on blog posts allows users to share posts on social networks. If you use these features, Acumen will share this information with the third-party website or service, along with additional information you provide to use the feature (e.g., a Twitter username). By accessing these third-party websites, you are consenting to those terms and privacy policies of those websites.  You should read those third-party website privacy policies and terms of use. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies whatsoever as we have no control over them;
  • To any affiliated business entities or third parties necessary to provide services to you, including, but not limited to, our subsidiaries, our holding company and its other subsidiaries (if any), as well as third parties involved in the administration and operation of our services;
  • To third party course platform partners to market products and services to you;
  • To third parties to process payments if you make a purchase through the Services or donate to Acumen;
  • To collaborate with third parties such as our course partners on +Acumen Course creation and improvement;
  • To a third party if we sell any or all of our business and/or assets to them;
  • In other ways when we have your consent to do so.

III. Security

We care about the security of your personal data and we employ several different security techniques to protect your personally identifiable information from unauthorized access by users inside and outside the organization, including encrypting payment you make on our Website using SSL. You should be aware, however, that no transmission of data over the Internet is 100% secure and that unauthorized third parties may unlawfully intercept or access private data. You provide us with this information at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website.

IV. Third-Party Website Interaction

By accessing other third-party websites through our Website you are consenting to the terms and privacy policies of those third-party websites.  We do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies whatsoever as we have no control over them.  We do not have control over whether third parties track a user’s online activities over time and across different websites. We do not have the ability to respond to ‘do not track’ signals in this regard.

IV. Children

The Services offered by Acumen are only intended for use by those who have reached age 13 and older.  By using our Services you are affirming that you are at least 13 years old.  Acumen does not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you believe that a child under the age of 13 has provided information to this Website, please notify us at []. If we inadvertently collect information of children under 13, we will delete that information immediately upon notice. We are not liable for any damages that may result from the user’s misrepresentation of age.

V. International Data Transfers

Acumen offers its Services in a variety of countries. If you are in the European Economic Area (EEA) or other region with laws governing data collection and use which differ from those of the United States, please note that your information, including your personal information, may be transferred to countries located outside the EEA, in particular to the United States, and those countries may not have the same level of protection as the country in which you initially provided that information. When we transfer your personal information we will protect it as described in this Privacy Policy.

VI. Notice to California Residents – Your California Privacy Rights

A. CA “Shine the Light” Disclosure:

For California residents, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits you to request information regarding the disclosure of your personal information, as that term is defined in Section 1798.83, to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes.  To make such a request, you may contact us by using the contact details provided below under “How to Contact Us.”

B. CA “Privacy Rights for California Minors”:

California minors under 18 years old may request the removal of any information that they have posted to the Website by contacting us at the contact details provided below under “How to Contact Us”. Upon such request, Acumen will anonymize, or remove from public view, any content posted by a minor to its Website, unless required by law to retain such content or information.

C. CA “Do Not Track” Disclosure:

We have disclosed our collection practices herein, but at this time, we do not honor do-not-track signals.

VII. Your Rights and Choices

Subject to applicable law, you may have the right to request access to and receive information about the personal information we maintain about you, update and correct inaccuracies in your personal information, and have the information blocked or deleted, as appropriate. The right to access personal information may be limited in some circumstances by local law requirements. You also have the right to withdraw your consent to the collection of your personal information.

If you receive promotional messages from us, you may unsubscribe at any time by following the opt-out instructions contained within the message. Even after you opt out of receiving promotional messages from us, you may continue to receive administrative messages from us regarding our Services.

You may also opt out of our use of your information at any time, but you might not be able to use certain features of our Services if you opt out of our use of your information.

To exercise your rights and choices to your personal information, please contact us by using the contact details provided below under “How to Contact Us”.

VIII. Privacy Policy Changes

We may, from time to time, make changes to this policy, based on your comments and our needs. The most current version of this policy will always be available at, along with the date last revised. Any modifications will become effective immediately upon posting. By continuing to use this Website, you accept such modifications.

If we make any substantial changes in the way we use your personal information, we will notify you via email or by posting a prominent announcement on our Website or as otherwise required by applicable law. You are responsible for ensuring we have an up-to-date active and deliverable email address for you, and for periodically visiting our Website and this Privacy Policy to check for any changes.

IX. How to Contact Us

We would like to thank our visitors for taking the time to understand more about Acumen by browsing our Website. Please contact us at if you have any questions about our site or our Privacy Policy.

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