Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. At Armchair Philanthropy we have a couple of fundamental principles that we follow:

  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, complete our advertised services, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of our site.

Armchair Philanthropy’s (“AP”) policy is to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website.




An “artist” is the term we use for those who are on a featured listing on our website. It may be a person, a group or an organisation, but in all cases it denotes an entity who will be the recipient of payments.


A philanthropist may also be known as a subscriber, sponsor, supporter, armchair philanthropist, and customer. This describes those who visit the website and sign up for a monthly fee to be donated to an artist.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, AP collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. AP’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how AP’s visitors use its website. From time to time, AP may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

AP also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our blogs. AP only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to AP’s websites choose to interact with AP in ways that require AP to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that AP gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on our blog to provide a username and email address. For those who wish to subscribe to our mailing list, we collect their email addresses. In each case, AP collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfil the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with AP. AP does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Social Media

AP is a website focused on promotion so there will be social media promotion of artists as well as AP as an entity itself. Artists listing on AP must be prepared for their profile to be shared extensively on any type of social media.

AP incorporates social media links on its artist profile pages, such as “like” and “share” buttons. For the purposes of this privacy agreement it is worth mentioning that using these buttons will create a connection between you, AP and the social media page, and will therefore disclose your personal information to each of those entities.

Artist Privacy

To meet the basic requirements of the functions of AP, artists will need to provide a collection of profile information which, of course, makes them personally identifiable for the purposes of attracting supporters. This collection includes your name and/or your stage name, organisation name (optional), and your websites. All of this will be listed on AP’s page for the purposes of promoting you. There are a number of other pieces of information which AP uses to process your funds and contact you, such as your Paypal email address, your physical contact address, your phone number and email address – this information will not be shared with anyone.

Philanthropist Privacy

In addition to the general privacy included as part of using the AP website, philanthropists’ contact information is freely available to the individual artist that they are subscribing to. Individual artists have agreed to bide by the AP privacy policy of not sharing philanthropist (subscriber) contact details with anyone else. Individual artists are encouraged to reach out to their subscribers personally, so as a subscriber/philanthropist you can expect to receive emails, thank-yous and updates from the artists to whom you subscribe.

Aggregated Statistics

AP may collect statistics about the behaviour of visitors to its websites. For instance, AP may monitor spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. AP may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, AP does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

The service that AP provides requires it to show personally identifying information (eg. Your name/stage name, your artistic work and your web address) in the interest of promoting your artistic work. That means that your name and organisation name, along with details such as your website address will be hosted on a profile page on AP featuring you. If you do not wish for your name or your organisation name to be shown on AP, it is most likely that you are unable to use AP’s services. Personal details such as your address, phone number and banking details will not be shared outside of AP and Paypal. AP discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on AP’s behalf or to provide services available at AP’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using AP’s website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. AP will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, AP discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when AP believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of AP, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an AP website and have supplied your email address, AP may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with AP and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. AP takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. AP uses cookies to help AP identify and track visitors, their usage of AP website, and their website access preferences. AP visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using AP’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of AP’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If AP, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that AP goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of AP may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


AP does not run ads from third parties. You may occasionally see some promotional stuff from AP though, which is all covered elsewhere in this policy.


Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, AP may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in AP’s sole discretion. AP encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.