To ensure that all children have the opportunity to visit The Tech Interactive, we grant hundreds of donation requests from school and community organizations every year. We provide up to four general admission tickets (total value of $108) to nonprofit organizations for fundraising events that are not religious or political in nature.
We are unable to donate other goods or services, such as memberships or IMAX tickets. As a nonprofit organization, we do not receive any tax deduction for our donation to your organization, which means we do not require a receipt.
To qualify for consideration for ticket donation:
- Requests must be made directly by/from the eligible organization or by an individual serving in an official capacity at that organization (on a host committee, etc.)
- The organization must be a registered not-for-profit located in the following counties.
- Contra Costa
- San Francisco
- San Mateo
- Santa Clara
- Eligible organizations including religious organizations must serve and benefit the community on the whole without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information or carrier status, military, veteran, marital, or citizenship status, or any other status protected by law.
- Profit-making organizations, and political, labor and fraternal organizations (such as 501(c) (4) organizations); and any organization that discriminates, in its constitution or practice against persons or groups are not eligible.
- All requests must be at least two months before the event.
- Organizations may only receive one donation per year.
To request tickets, please complete the Ticket Donation Request Form.
Due to the heavy volume of donation requests, we regret we are unable to accept walk-ups, telephone, or email requests or inquiries.
Incomplete forms and requests from organizations not meeting the eligibility criteria will automatically be rejected.
The Tech can only approve a limited number of ticket donation requests each year. We apologize if your request can not be fulfilled.
If approved you will be requested to provide a pre-stamped envelope for tickets. The Tech is not responsible for delivery delays.
Policies and Disclaimers
The Tech reserves the right to approve or decline any request at their sole discretion.
The Tech may research any organization to ensure compliance with our ticket donation policy.
The Tech has the right to void any tickets or donation requests that are in violation of our policies.
Lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced
Tickets are non-transferable and are not eligible for resale.
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Last updated: March 2023
Please read this policy carefully. Your continued use of The Tech’s Services means you agree to its terms. Thank you!
- Information We Collect
- How Collected Information is Used
- Sharing Information
- Protecting Personal Information
- Rights and Controls
- International Visitors
- Third-Party Services
- Changes and Updates to This Policy
- How to Contact Us About Privacy Concerns
1. Information We Collect
The Tech Interactive (“we”, “us” or "The Tech”) may collect personal information related to your use of, or participation in, our computer or mobile software, websites (collectively, the “Services”), The Tech’s exhibits, classes, activities, newsletters, memberships, donations, ticket purchases, purchases from our store, games, surveys, submissions, communication by email, postal mail, telephone, fax, or in person, teacher outreach, other education-related activities (all collectively, “Programs”), and any other information you voluntarily submit to us.
Information we collect about your use of the Services may include which pages, features, or screens you access, how you interact with online content, how you use our search features, and what links you choose to click on. Ways in which we collect data about your use of the Services include:
User Provided Information
The Tech collects personal information you may enter when using our website. Data may include, but is not limited to: names, phone numbers, postal addresses, and email addresses, employers, billing information such as contact, billing address, and credit card information, demographic information such as age and gender identity, and unique identifiers such as membership numbers.
Payment Service Provider
Cookies Used for Behavioral Ad Tracking
Please be aware that third-party vendors may place or recognize one or more cookies on your computer when you use the Services, and may record information to these cookies based upon your activities on the Services and on third-party websites and other third-party services. These third-party vendors may use information about those activities to inform, optimize, and serve advertisements. In particular, we may use third-party vendors to engage in behavioral ad tracking or “remarketing,” in which advertisements you see on third-party websites and services may be based on your prior use of the Services.
If your web browser is configured to allow third-party cookies, your browser will receive a targeting cookie. The cookie can be read by our ad delivery partners to target your browser with ads about The Tech when you visit other websites to remind you about our Programs and Services.
You can configure your web browser to block third-party cookies or install web browser extension programs, which block trackers and third-party cookies, though doing so can have an impact on some site features. If you block retargeting cookies, you may still see The Tech’s advertisements, but they won't be targeted to you based on information gathered about your browsing behavior.
Please note that we are not responsible for the activities of third parties that may not comply with your opt-out requests.
Web Beacons / Clear GIFs / Tracking Pixels
Web beacons, also known as clear GIFs and tracking pixels, are markers on web pages, email messages, or other content that are linked to third-party tracking tools and technologies we use or license to provide features of the Services. They may be used with cookies, and may be either visible or invisible. Collected information includes, but is not limited to, data about which pages you access, how you interact with online content, how you use our search features, and what links you choose to click on. We use third-party data collection, tracking, analytics, and ad serving tools to gather and analyze this data.
Our servers receive and record certain information about the visitors to our website. Page requests, your Internet protocol (“IP”) address, the web browser and operating system you are using to connect to our website, and other information necessary to display the Internet pages and information you request from our servers will be collected. As IP addresses are typically assigned in country-specific blocks, we may also be able to identify the country from which your computer is connecting to the Internet.
Browser- and Server-Based Scripts
Scripts used by The Tech are browser- and server-based software programs which provide certain functionality and collect data about how you use the Services.
Information About Children Under the Age of 13
In accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13 without obtaining parental consent. If you are under 13 years of age, please do not give us any personal information. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we will take steps to delete this information.
We may collect information from parents, guardians, and other adults identifying children under the age of 13 in connection with membership and participation in our Programs. We will not knowingly display personal information about children under the age of 13 on our website without seeking parental consent. If you are a parent or guardian and you discover that your child under 13 years of age has obtained an account on the Services or has otherwise provided personal information to us, then you may alert us at email@example.com and request that we delete the child’s personal information from our systems.
2. How Collected Information is Used
Collected information may be used to provide, improve and create new Programs, deliver and improve the Services, gather information about how the Services are functioning, detect and correct problems with the Services, solicit community involvement and financial support, and communicate with members, donors, Program participants, store customers, website visitors, users of the Services, and other people who contact us.
We may also use your information in any manner disclosed to you at the time the information is collected, or in any other manner to which you give consent.
We may use aggregate information (collected data which has been compiled and no longer contains personal information, or from which all personal information has been removed) for any purpose.
3. Sharing Information
Except as disclosed in this policy or with your consent, we will not intentionally disclose any personal information about you (such as your full name, street address, telephone number, or email address) to any third party, or sell, trade, or give out email addresses to companies or other organizations.
We may disclose information to third parties under the following circumstances:
- Any information that you voluntarily choose to include in a publicly accessible area of the Services, such as an online bulletin board, will be available to anyone who has access to that content, including other users.
- Third parties may have access to or process your information to performs services for The Tech such as website hosting, development, maintenance, and other services. We generally limit the information provided to third parties only to that which is reasonably necessary for them to perform their functions, and we require them to agree to not use or disclose personal information for purposes other than performing their functions.
- We may make certain personal information available to third parties for various purposes related to The Tech’s Services and Programs, including business or marketing purposes, or compliance with reporting obligations.
- We may disclose your information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such disclosure is necessary to comply with any law or regulation, court order, judicial or other government subpoena or warrant, or to otherwise cooperate with law enforcement or other governmental agencies.
- We also reserve the right to disclose your information as we believe, in good faith, is appropriate or necessary to (i) take precautions against liability, (ii) protect ourselves or others from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses or activity, (iii) investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, (iv) protect the security or integrity of our Programs and any facilities or equipment used to make our Programs available, and (v) protect our property or other legal rights (including, but not limited to, enforcement of our agreements) or the rights, property, or safety of others.
- We may also use your information in any manner disclosed to you at the time the information is collected, or in any other manner to which you give consent.
- We may share aggregated information that does not identify you with third parties for various data purposes, including understanding site usage patterns and improving site functionality.
4. Protecting Personal Information
Any personal information you enter into forms on our website is secured by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) page encryption during transmission. This ensures that the information is encrypted during transmission of the data between your computer or mobile device and our servers.
You can verify that any page on which you enter information is secured with encryption by using your browser to ensure it has the secure protocol (the URL begins with https://) and that our website's SSL security certificate is valid. Typically, clicking on the lock icon displayed in the web browser will display the status of the security certificate.
5. Rights and Controls
Although we provide mechanisms by which you may be able to exercise certain controls with respect to the collection, security, and use of your information, we cannot guarantee that these mechanisms will be effective or free from circumvention by third parties.
Opting Out of Information Sharing for Marketing Purposes
If you do not want us to share your personal information with third parties for their marketing purposes, you may contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opting Out of Email Newsletters
If you do not want to receive a particular email newsletter subscription from us, please click on the Unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email newsletter. This will remove your email address from that newsletter subscription. Please allow up to 10 business days for any opt-out request to be processed.
Opting Out of Specific Uses of Cookies (Including Cookies Used for Behavioral Ad Tracking)
You can configure your web browser to block cookies or install web browser extension programs, which block trackers and cookies, though doing so can have an impact on some site features. See “Browser, Mobile Phone, and Operating System Setting” section below for more information.
Opting Out of Analytics
You can also use third-party web browser extensions to restrict or block web beacons and trackers. Please note that if you use blocking software, some of the features of the Services may no longer work correctly.
Browser, Mobile Phone, and Operating System Settings
Your web browser, mobile phone, operating system, and other available software such as browser extensions may provide you with additional privacy settings and controls, including the ability to restrict or prevent cookies, trackers, and the use of your location information. Please be aware, however, that we do not use or support the “Do Not Track” setting available in many Internet browsers.
You may also choose not to provide information to us, but in that case you may be unable to use some or all of the features of the Services.
6. International Visitors
The Tech is located in the United States, and the Services are hosted in and designed for visitors located within the United States. If you choose to use the Services from the European Union or other regions of the world with laws governing data collection and use that differ from U.S. law, please be aware that you are transferring your personal information outside of those regions to the United States for storage and processing. Also, we may transfer your data from the U.S. to other countries or regions in connection with storage and processing of data, fulfilling your requests, and operating our Programs. By providing any information, including personal information, you consent to such transfer, storage, and processing. If you do not consent, please do not provide information or use the Services from outside the U.S.
7. Third-Party Services
8. Changes and Updates to This Policy
9. How to Contact Us About Privacy Concerns
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