Privacy Policy

Information We Collect That You Provide.  We collect a variety of information about visitors to our website. Some of the information we collect is personal information you knowingly, voluntarily, and manually provide when you use this website.  For example, in filling out forms you may provide us with information such as your email address, name, organization you work for and its EIN/tax ID, home or work address, and telephone and fax number. If you are an applicant for a scholarship grant, you may also provide us with your transcript, test scores, resume and financial information. It is always your choice whether to provide personal information. However, some information must be provided to participate in certain programs or activities of The Next Edison (such as to apply for a grant), so the decision not to provide information might limit or eliminate certain functions of this website or the ability to participate.  Do not supply personal information about others unless you are authorized or required to do so by applicable law or contract.

Information We Collect That You Do Not Provide Manually.  Sometimes we collect information about you without you having to enter any information on the website. For example, we may receive personal information from public sources or from third parties (which we may combine with other information from other sources).  In addition, we collect some information automatically from visitors to this website:  for example, through the use of “cookies,” “Web beacons,” and other tracking mechanisms.  We collect at least the following: your host for Internet access; the Internet address of the site from which you came including the click stream to, through and from our website; the date and time of your access; your computer’s IP address and information about its operating system, browser and host; the date and time you access the website and the pages you visit and searches you conduct on our website. If you do not want to receive cookies, you may set your browser to reject them. However, if you turn cookies off, you may not have access to some of the website’s services and features. We may use both session cookies, which are only used during the time you visit our website, and persistent cookies which remain on your machine after you leave our website and may be helpful for keeping you logged in to our website or recognizing your return to our website between your sessions on our website.  Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issues cookies when you access the website. We also may employ Web beacons from third parties to help us compile aggregated statistics regarding the operations of our site.  If you access our website from a mobile device, we may also collect information regarding the model of mobile device you are using, its operating system, the browser you are using, and your mobile carrier.

Our Use of Personal Information Collected.  In general, we use information we collect, whether personally identifying or otherwise, to pursue the mission and operations of The Next Edison and to engage in the activity (and related activities) for which we collect it.  Specifically, we may use your personal information:

  • to fulfill our obligations to you and to respond to any questions or requests, including requests for grants;
  • to gather your feedback about our current programs and activities via surveys;
  • to contact you about material changes in our site terms or policies;
  • to operate this website, to maintain the quality of this website, and to provide general statistics regarding use of our website;
  • to comply with the law or in good faith belief that such action is necessary to conform with the requirements of law or to comply with legal process served on us; and
  • if you sign up for a blog, feed or newsletter, to include you in our mailing list.

Except as set forth in this Privacy Policy, we do not sell, trade or rent your personal information to others, and we do not otherwise share your personal information with others except as provided in this Privacy Policy.

Updating Your Personal Information and Changing Your Preferences.  To the extent that our systems require your personal information, in general, or provide links to sites which collect your personal information, they provide the ability for you to update your information or change your preferences.  If you have any questions about what personal information about you The Next Edison retains, please contact us.  We endeavor to keep your personal information accurate and up to date.  If your personal information has changed, you may submit your new information via our website as well.  We keep personal information for as long as we think is necessary or advisable and we reserve the right to retain it to the full extent not prohibited by law. We may discard personal information in our discretion, so you should retain your own records, and not rely upon our storage of any personal information or other data.  We generally provide you with an opportunity “opt out” of from receiving communications from us or unsubscribe from electronic newsletters or promotional emails we send you.

Information Security.  We use reasonable technical and organizational measures to protect the personal information received from our users from unauthorized use or disclosure.

Links to Other Websites.  Our website may provide hyperlinks to other sites which are not under the control of The Next Edison. These links are provided for your convenience and for your reference only. These links are not intended as an endorsement by The Next Edison of the information contained on these websites or of the individual(s) operating these website(s). The Next Edison is not responsible for the privacy practices of websites hyperlinked to its website. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected on

Children. We do not want to collect information from children. Do not provide any personal information unless you are at least 13 years of age, and please caution your children not to provide any. If a child under 13 has provided personal information, a parent or guardian may so inform us by writing us at the address set forth in the contact section of this site and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to delete it from our database, subject to applicable law and this Privacy Policy.

Do Not Track.  At this time, this website does not accept “do not track” requests from Web browsers.

Amendments.  We will be changing what we do and how and why we disclose data periodically—this Privacy Policy describes what we currently envision, but that will change as we change. You agree that this Policy amends and replaces any previous privacy policies. We may further amend all or part of this Policy in the same way that we make amendments to our Terms of Use and such amended versions will be posted on this page.

Information About Enforcement of Our Privacy Policy.  This Privacy Policy is part of and supplemented by our Terms of Use. If there is a conflict between the Terms of Use and this Privacy Policy, the latest version of the Terms of Use will control.

This privacy policy was last updated and is effective November 15, 2018.