Privacy Notice

Effective Date:  April 8, 2019

This Privacy Notice explains in detail the types of personal data Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch may collect about you when you interact with our website, It also explains how we will store and handle that data.


Personal information we collect automatically when you complete a form on our website or make a donation:

  • Information about your communication with us and your interaction with our services. This is information we receive from the devices (including mobile) you use when you visit our website. This information could include device ID or unique identifier and device type.
  • Location information, including location information from your mobile device. Keep in mind that most mobile devices allow you to control or disable the use of location services by any application on your mobile device in the device’s settings menu.
  • Computer and connection information such as statistics on your web page views, traffic to and from the sites, referral URL, ad data, your IP address, your browsing history, and your web log information.

Personal information we collect using cookies and similar technologies:

  • We use cookies, web beacons, unique identifiers, and similar technologies to collect information about the pages you view, the links you click and other actions you take when using our services within our communication or email content.

Personal information we collect from other sources:

  • We may supplement the personal information we collect with information collected from third parties. For example, we may collect and use demographic and other information that is publicly available as allowed by applicable national laws.
  • If you give us personal information about someone else, you must do so only with that person’s authorization. You should inform them how we collect, use, disclose, and retain their personal information according to our Privacy Notice.


We use your personal information to:

  • Provide donation processing and account preference management; operate, measure and improve our services; keep our services safe, secure, and operational; and customize site content.
  • Contact you regarding your request. When contacting you, we may contact you via email, telephone, SMS/text messages, or postal mail.
  • Provide other services requested by you.
  • Add you to our email newsletter list unless you ask us not to add you. You are also able to unsubscribe from the list by clicking on “Unsubscribe” at the bottom of the email. 

We use general location information to:

  • Provide you with location-based services (such as search results, appropriate giving information, and other personalized content).
  • Prevent, detect, mitigate, and investigate fraud, security breaches, or other potentially prohibited or illegal activities.
  • Enforce this Privacy Notice or other policies.

We use your personal information to pursue our legitimate interests where your rights and freedoms do not outweigh these interests. We have implemented controls to balance our interests with your rights. This includes:

  • To contact you about our services, as authorized by applicable law.
  • To deliver targeted communication, service updates, and other communications based on your communication preferences and site activities.
  • To measure the performance of our email campaigns (e.g. by analyzing open and click rates).
  • To monitor and improve the information security of our site and mobile applications.

Your Access to and Control Over Information
You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time by contacting us at 1-800-344-0957 or

We share aggregated demographic information with our advertising consultant and fundraising partners. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person, and these partners are not allowed to use personally identifiable information.

We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via our website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Whenever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser or looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the web page.

We use "cookies" on this site. A cookie is a piece of data stored on a site visitor's hard drive to help us improve your access to our site and identify repeat visitors to our site. Cookies enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance their experience on our site. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information on our site. To prevent us from using cookies to improve your experience, you can change the settings on your devices.

This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

We have several forms on our website you can complete to receive more information, to request a contact, or to write an encouraging note to a Ranch child. Completion of these forms is voluntary.

Notification of Changes

Whenever material changes are made to the privacy notice, we will send an email to through our e-newsletter list. You can sign up to receive updates about the Ranch and to read stories about our kids at You can unsubscribe from the email list by clicking “Unsubscribe” at the bottom of any email newsletter you receive from the Ranch.

If you feel we are not abiding by this privacy policy, please contact us immediately at 1-800-344-0957 or