Who we are

Our website address is: https://codeforamerica.org/.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Additional information

How we protect your data

What data breach procedures we have in place

What third parties we receive data from

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

CodeforAmerica.org is a nonprofit website run by Code for America Labs, Inc. (“Code for America”, “we”, “us”, “our”). This Privacy Policy describes how we collect, use, and protect your personal information on our websites (Sites), including the Code for America website (“codeforamerica.org”), the Code for America Summit website (“the Summit Site”), and the Clear My Record website. By submitting your personal information on our websites, you agree to the terms in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with these terms, please do not use our websites.


  • We collect information from you when you visit and take actions on our website. We use this information to provide the services you’ve requested.
  • We use cookies (such as those stored by Google Analytics) to provide a better experience and improve our website.
  • We will not knowingly disclose or sell your personal information to any third party, except as provided in this privacy policy.
  • Protecting your personal information is extremely important to us and we take all reasonable measures to do so.

The personal information we collect

Visiting our Sites

  • We automatically collect and store data about your visit to codeforamerica.org:
    • Domain from which you access the Internet
    • Operating system on your computer and information about the browser you used when visiting the site
    • Date and time of your visit
    • Pages you visited
    • Address of the website that connects you to the Site (such as google.com or bing.com)
  • None of the information we collect about you when you visit our Sites is personally identifiable.
  • We use this information to understand how our Sites are used, to improve the websites, and to monitor usage for security purposes.
  • We will not collect personal information from you without your knowledge and consent, except in a few limited circumstances as described in this policy.

Signing up to our mailing list

  • We use HubSpot to manage our mailing list.
  • When you sign up to our mailing list using our sign-up form, your personal data will be transferred to HubSpot and processed by HubSpot.
  • The personal data we collect when you sign up to our mailing list includes:
    • Your name
    • Your email address
    • Domain from which you access the Internet
    • IP address
    • Operating system on your computer and information about the browser you used when visiting the site
    • Date and time when you submit the form
    • Address of the page on our website, or the third-party website that connected you to sign-up form
  • We use the collected email addresses of our mailing list subscribers to send emails with marketing messages, news related to our work, information about career opportunities, and resources.
  • We use the personal data we collect to understand how people sign up to our mailing list and to improve the experience of signing up to our mailing list.
  • We will not email you unless you consent to email communication on the Site.
  • Every automated email will include a link to manage your preferences or unsubscribe. You can also unsubscribe from our email list here

Submitting forms on our Sites

  • We use a combination of self-hosted and third-party services to handle forms submissions on our Sites, including WordPress, Gravity Forms, HubSpot, Google Forms, and Airtable.
  • When you submit a form on our Site, your personal information and any other information you submit is stored securely on WordPress and by our third-party service providers.
  • After you submit a form, your information is shared with relevant staff members based on the information you submit.
  • The personal data we collect when you submit a form includes:
    • Your name
    • Your email address
    • Your contact reason
    • Your message
    • IP address
    • Date and time when you submit the form
  • We will use the information you submit to respond to your inquiry or provide you with access to requested resources or services.

Applying for a job with Code for America

  • If you decide that you wish to apply for a job with us, you may submit your contact information, demographic information, and your resume online. We will also collect the information you choose to provide in your application and on your resume, such as your education and employment experience. We use this information to process your job application.

Donating to Code for America from our Sites

  • When you make donations to Code for America through our Sites, your personal information is transferred to, and processed by, DonorBox.
  • DonorBox processes donation transactions using Stripe, PayPal and Plaid as payment processors. The credit card or bank account information you supply is transmitted securely to the relevant payment processors.
  • The personal data we collect when you make an online donation includes:
    • Your name
    • Your address
    • Your email address
    • Domain from which you access the Internet
    • IP address
    • Operating system on your computer and information about the browser you used when visiting the site
    • Date and time when you submit the form
    • Address of the page on our website, or the third-party website that connected you to sign-up form
  • If you check the ‘Subscribe to our mailing list’ checkbox, we will add you to our Hubspot mailing list. Read more about how we manage our mailing list in the ‘Signing up to our mailing list’ section above.


  • We use Salesforce to manage ongoing relationships with our contacts and donors.
  • Salesforce is integrated with our Hubspot list, such that when you sign up for our mailing list, we also add your information to Salesforce.
  • To the extent you provide information when signing up for our mailing list or making a donation, the information we maintain in Salesforce may include:
    • Your name
    • Your email address
    • Your physical address
    • Your phone number
    • Your program, brigade, and job board interests
    • Your donation history
    • Records of any direct communication we’ve had with you
  • If you choose to unsubscribe from our email list, that will also be reflected in our Salesforce system.

Google Analytics

  • We use Google Analytics to understand how visitors use our site and to gather aggregate performance metrics.
  • We’ve set up Google Analytics so that it doesn’t collect your full IP address.
  • We don’t collect any personally identifiable information using Google Analytics, and we do not combine the information collected through Google Analytics with any personally identifiable information.
  • Google Analytics places a cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user. This cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy.

Clear My Record

  • We automatically collect and store data about your visit to the Clear My Record website and application
    • Domain from which you access the Internet
    • Operating system on your computer and information about the browser you used when visiting the site
    • Date and time of your visit
    • Pages you visited
    • Address of the website that connects you to the Site (such as google.com or bing.com)
  • When you register to use our application, we ask you for:
    • Your name
    • Your phone number
    • Your county
    • Your county agency
    • Your job title

Cookies and other tracking technologies

  • Cookies are small text files that websites place on the computers and mobile devices of people who visit those websites. Pixel tags (also called web beacons) are small blocks of code placed on websites and emails.
  • We use cookies and other technologies like pixel tags to remember your preferences, enhance your online experience, and to gather data on how you use our Sites to improve the way we promote our content, programs, and events.
  • Your use of our Sites indicates your consent to such use of Cookies.

Third party service providers

We use third-party service providers to track and analyze statistical usage and volume information from our Site users. These third-party service providers use persistent Cookies to help us to improve the user experience, manage the content on our Sites, and analyze how users navigate and use the Sites.

Third-party service providers we use include:

How to opt-out of the use of cookies

Most browsers are initially set up to accept HTTP cookies. If you want to restrict or block the cookies that are set by our Site, or any other site, you can do so through your browser setting. The ‘Help’ function in your browser should explain how. Alternatively, you can visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will find general information about cookies and details on how to delete cookies from your machine.

How we use the information we collect

In addition to the above described uses, we use the information we collect:

  • To provide, maintain, improve, and enhance our Services;
  • To communicate with you, provide you with updates and other information relating to our Services, provide information that you request, respond to comments and questions, and otherwise provide customer support;
  • For marketing purposes, such as developing and providing promotional and advertising materials that may be useful, relevant, valuable or otherwise of interest to you;
  • To personalize your experience on our Services such as presenting tailored content; 
  • To de-identify and aggregate information collected through the Services and use it for any lawful purpose;
  • To find and prevent fraud, and respond to trust and safety issues that may arise;
  • For compliance purposes, including enforcing our Terms of Service or other legal rights, or as may be required by applicable laws and regulations or requested by any judicial process or governmental agency; and
  •  For other purposes for which we provide specific notice at the time the information is collected.

How we share your information


  • We may share any information we receive with our affiliates for any of the purposes described in this Privacy Policy.

Vendors and service providers

  • We may share any information we receive with vendors and service providers retained in connection with the provision of our Services.

As required by law and similar disclosures

  • We may access, preserve, and disclose your information if we believe doing so is required or appropriate to:
    • comply with law enforcement requests and legal process, such as a court order or subpoena;
    • respond to your requests; or
    • protect your, our, or others’ rights, property, or safety.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, the disclosure of your information may occur if you post any objectionable content on or through the Site.

State disclosure

Code for America is a California nonprofit organization working to improve government in meaningful ways. Information about Code for America’s purpose, programs and activities can be found on our website, codeforamerica.org‬.

Code for America provides detailed financial summary information as a part of its annual reports, financial reports, and IRS 990 forms.  If you are a resident of one of the following states, you may also obtain financial information directly from the state agency as stated below:




Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are available for the cost of postage and copies from the Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401.


The official registration and financial information of Code for America Labs? may be obtained from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office by calling 1-888-236-6167. Registration by the Secretary of State does not imply endorsement by the Secretary of State.

New Jersey

Information filed with the Attorney General concerning this charitable solicitation and the percentage of contributions received by the charity during the last reporting period that were dedicated to the charitable purpose may be obtained from the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey by calling 973-504-6215 and is available on the internet at https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/charities/Pages/default.aspx. Registration with the attorney general does not imply endorsement.

New York

Upon request, a copy of the latest annual report can be obtained from the Office of the Attorney General Charities Bureau at 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271, (212) 416-8401, or www.charitiesnys.com.

North Carolina

Financial information about Code for America Labs and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 1-888-830-4989 (within North Carolina) or (919) 807-2214 (outside of North Carolina). The license is not an endorsement by the State.


The official registration and financial information of Code for America Labs may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.


A financial statement is available from the State Office of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218.


A potential donor can obtain additional financial disclosure information from the office of the Secretary of State at 1-800-332-4483.

West Virginia

Residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Merger, sale, or other asset transfers

  • We may transfer your information to service providers, advisors, potential transactional partners, or other third parties in connection with the consideration, negotiation, or completion of a corporate transaction in which we are acquired by or merged with another company or we sell, liquidate, or transfer all or a portion of our assets. The use of your information following any of these events will be governed by the provisions of this Privacy Policy in effect at the time the applicable information was collected.


  • We may also disclose information from you or about you or your devices with your permission.

Children’s privacy

  • We do not knowingly collect, maintain, or use personal information from children under 13 years of age, and no part of our Site is directed to children.
  • If you learn that a child has provided us with personal information in violation of this Privacy Policy, then you may alert us at info@codeforamerica.org.


  • We make reasonable efforts to protect your information by using physical and electronic safeguards designed to improve the security of the information we maintain. However, as our Services are hosted electronically, we can make no guarantees as to the security or privacy of your information.
  • No system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. If you have questions about the security of your personal information, or if you have reason to believe that the personal information that we hold about you is no longer secure, please contact us immediately as described in this Privacy Notice.

Right to be forgotten and rectification

  • You may request that we delete your personal data at any time. Requests can be submitted to privacy@codeforamerica.org.
  • You may request that we make correction to your personal data at any time. You may request that incomplete data be completed or that incorrect data be corrected. Requests can be submitted to privacy@codeforamerica.org.


We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. Please check this page frequently for updates as your continued use of this site after any changes in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of the changes.

Effective Date

This version of the policy is effective February 27, 2024.


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints related to our websites, please contact us by email at info@codeforamerica.org, by phone at (415) 816-1286, or by mail at:

Code for America
972 Mission St.
5th floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

We will do our best to resolve the issue.