Privacy Policy

Turning Point Ministries International
Privacy and Conditions of Use is a website of Turning Point Ministries International


Our Commitment to Privacy
Your privacy is important to us. We provide this notice to make you aware of our privacy policy and security practices, to let you know how your information is collected and used, and to explain the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and emails. Our privacy policy is designed to inform you of the types of information we collect, how we use that information, and the circumstances under which we will share it with nonaffiliated third parties.

Information Collection
In your relationship with Turning Point Ministries International (TPMI), you can become a volunteer or ministry partner, make donations, order merchandise, register for events, request materials or subscribe to print or digital mailings or SMS text messages. You may also send us information regarding employment at TPMI.  Turning Point Ministries International and our subsidiary, Somebody Cares Houston, is the sole owner of the information collected on this site or through other means. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways differently than we have disclosed in this statement.  Turning Point Ministries International collects information from our constituents in several different ways including through various points on this website and requested emails, through sign-up sheets at various events, through online volunteer applications, as well as through phone and mail correspondence.

The types of nonpublic personal information collected may include name, contact and billing information, transaction and payment information as well as relevant information regarding volunteer, employment, or personal preferences.

Additionally, we may collect nonpublic personal information about you from the following sources (in addition to our website):

  • Information we receive from you on applications or other forms
  • Information about your transactions with us, our affiliates and others
  • Information we receive from a consumer-reporting agency

In order to tailor our subsequent communications to you and continuously improve our services, we may also ask you to provide us with information regarding your personal or professional interests, demographics, experiences as a donor, survey responses, contact preferences and prior purchases.  We may also collect analytics data to improve the performance of our website.

Use and Disclosure of Information
Turning Point Ministries International uses your information to understand your needs and provide you with better service.  Specifically, we use your information to communicate back with you, help you complete a transaction, fulfill an order, update you on the impact of your donation or volunteer efforts, engage you in prayer, inform you of events, and personalize our services and communications with you.  Credit card and/or check account information is only used for payment processing and is not retained for any other purpose.  From time to time, we may also use information to contact you for market research or provide you with information or offers we think you may find of interest.  At the minimum, we will always give you the chance to opt out of future communication.  We also follow local requirements, such as allowing you to opt in before receiving unsolicited contact, where applicable.  Furthermore, we may choose to use 3rd-party demographic data (such as gender, age and interests) to better understand how our website and social media streams are used to improve their visibility and usability.

It is our policy to ensure that personal data is not used or disclosed except as necessary to provide services, to protect the confidentiality or security of personal data or as otherwise permitted or required by law.  TPMI does not rent, sell or lease personal data with others.  There may, however, be situations where we retain third parties to perform processing tasks or other activities and transfer personal data to those parties for specific purposes.  We request that these groups agree to provide at least an equivalent level of protection as stated in this policy.

Categories of Nonaffiliated Third Parties to Whom we May Disclose Nonpublic Personal Information: (Nonaffiliated third parties are those companies not under direct or indirect ownership or control with Turning Point Ministries International). We only disclose personal information about you to the following types of nonaffiliated third parties: Financial services providers, such as companies engaged in banking, credit cards, and consumer finance; background check agencies with your explicit approval; as well as software services that assist in communication and order processing.

We may also share the information we collect, as described above, with other nonaffiliated third parties such as third parties who may assist us in preparing monthly statements, and credit reporting agencies to whom we report information about your transactions with us.

Please be advised that any opt out rights described below will not apply with the sharing of information necessary for us to process applications, such as with consumer reporting agencies, or to perform services that you request.

By way of further example:

We request information from consumers making purchases from our registered merchants within our shopping cart and order processing interfaces. Here a user must provide contact information (like name and shipping address), financial information (like credit card number, expiration date), and in some cases identity information (like social security number or Federal Tax ID). This information is used to fill customer’s orders, for billing purposes, and to verify the identity of the consumer to protect against fraud. If we have trouble processing an order, this contact information is used to get in touch with the user.

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s hard drive containing information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. Once the user closes their browser, the cookie simply terminates. Cookies can be removed from your hard drive. Also, depending on what type of web browser and what browser version you are using, you may be able to change the properties on your cookie file so that cookies are not used or saved. Please check with your browser provider for more information on removing cookies.

Log Files
We may use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

We partner with other parties to provide specific services. When the user signs up for these services, we will share names, or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These parties are not allowed to use nonpublic personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services. We do not otherwise disclose nonpublic information to anyone, except as permitted by law.

This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, Turning Point Ministries International, are not responsible for the 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 each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by TPMI Web sites. Operators may be subject to the FTC’s privacy regulations and if so, (i) the FTC’s regulations contain sample disclosures that operators may consider; and (ii) operators may be required to send annual notices in addition to initial disclosures to their customers.

This website takes precautions to protect our users’ information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line. When our registration/order form asks users to enter sensitive information (such as credit card number, social security number, and/or Federal Tax ID), that information is encrypted and is protected with SSL encryption software. While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when you are just ‘surfing’. While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also protect user-information off-line. All of our users’ information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our billing clerk or a customer service representative) are granted access to personally identifiable information. Our employees must use password-protected screen-savers when they leave their desk. When they return, they must re-enter their password to re-gain access to your information. Furthermore, ALL employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Any time new policies are added, our employees are notified and/or reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they can do to ensure our constituent’s information is protected. Finally, the servers that we store personally identifiable information on are kept in a secure environment.

If you have any questions about the security at our website, you can send an email to [email protected]

TPMI will not use or share the personally identifiable information you provide to us in ways unrelated to the ones described above without first letting you know and offering you a choice to opt out.  As previously stated, you may let us know if you do not wish to receive unsolicited direct marketing materials from us and we will do everything we can to honor that request.  If you would like your personal information completely erased from our records please notify us in writing at TPMI, PO Box 925489, Houston, TX 77292.  You may also email us at [email protected]. Please include contact information for verification purposes. TPMI will comply with your request within the requirements of the law (i.e. Donation records must be maintained for U.S. audit purposes for generally six years, etc.)

TPMI takes reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy, reliability and completeness of personal information.  It is our policy to ensure all Personal Data is maintained only as long as necessary or otherwise permitted by law.

Contact Information for Correction/Updating Personal Information:
To review, correct or request deletion of your personal information offline contact us at (713) 621-1498, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT; or write to us at TPMI, PO Box 925489, Houston, TX 77292.  You may also email us at [email protected].  To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting you access or enabling you to make corrections.

TPMI is committed to ensuring the security of your information. We have implemented reasonable electronic, physical and procedural safeguards designed to help protect against the loss, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration or destruction of the information under our control. We use encryption systems, when collecting or transferring sensitive data such as credit card information. Although we strive to protect your personal information, no data transmission over the Internet is completely secure. There is some risk associated with any data transmission, including the risk that personal information may be intercepted in transit. If a breach of your personal information occurs we will provide a notification within a timeframe and by a manner permitted by your local jurisdiction.

Consent to Transfer
This Web Site is operated in the United States. If you are located in the European Union, Canada or elsewhere outside of the United States, please be aware that any information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. By using the Web Site or providing us with your information, you consent to this transfer.

Conditions of Use
TPMI Inc. provides these services described to you subject to the conditions contained within this Privacy Statement. If you visit our website or provide us with information in any other form you accept these conditions. Please read them carefully. In addition, when you use any current or future TPMI website/s, which includes, service or visit any entity referenced by TPMI, in its website, you also will be subject to the guidelines and conditions applicable to any such entity.

All content included on this site, such as text, graphics, logos, photographs, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software, is the sole and exclusive property of TPMI or its content suppliers and is protected by United States and international copyright laws. The compilation of all content on this site is the exclusive property of TPMI and protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.

TPMI’s trade names, trademarks, trade dress, and service marks, including those marks indicated on our website are the sole and exclusive property of TPMI, including, without limitation, designs, logos, page headers, button icons and scripts (“Marks”). TPMI’s Marks and trade dress may not be used in connection in any way not expressly authorized in writing by the TPMI or in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among the public, or in any manner that disparages or discredits TPMI. All other trademarks not owned by TPMI that appear on this site are the property of their respective owners.

License and Site Access
TPMI grants you a limited, nonexclusive, nontransferable, and revocable license to access and make personal use of this site and not to download or modify it, or any portion of it, except with express written consent of the TPMI. This license does not include any resale or commercial use of this site or its contents; any collection and use of any information, images, content or photographs or any derivative use of this site or its contents; any downloading or copying of information for the benefit of another; or any use of data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools. This site or any portion of this site may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without express written consent of TPMI. You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any Marks, photographs, content or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of any of TPMI’s websites, including, without express written consent. You may not use any meta tags or any other “hidden text” utilizing TPMI website names or Marks without the express written consent of TPMI. Any unauthorized use terminates the permission or license granted by TPMI, to access this site. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY ON THIS SITE IS PROVIDED BY TPMI ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. TPMI MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE OPERATION OF THIS SITE OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT OR MATERIALS INCLUDED ON THIS SITE. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. TPMI DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THIS SITE, ITS SERVERS, OR E-MAIL SENT FROM THE TPMI ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. TPMI WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS SITE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.

Site policies, modification, and severability
TPMI, reserves the right to make changes to this site, policies, and these Conditions of Use at any time. If any of these conditions shall be deemed invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, that condition shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining condition.

Notification of Changes
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on our Homepage so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email or US mailing so as to enable users to “opt-out” if we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.