Michigan Lutheran Seminary Foundation (MLS Foundation)
2777 Hardin St.
Saginaw, MI 48602

This privacy policy and our website is intended only for residents of North America. If you are a resident of the European Union, please do not submit your information via this website. 

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

The MLS Foundation is committed to the highest standards of integrity in all of its activities. Hence, it is committed to the ethical collection, retention, and use of information about donors and prospects.


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 submit your information through a contact form on this site to sign up for newsletters, etc., we will use the information you provide for the purpose of keeping you updated on foundation news and events. You may request to unsubscribe from these updates at any time by following the link in any email you receive.


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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

In our efforts to support Michigan Lutheran Seminary, a preparatory school in the ministerial education system of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), the MLS Foundation may receive requests to share limited information about donors and prospects with the Office of the Ministry of Christian Giving (MCG) of WELS or Michigan Lutheran Seminary. Such information would be protected by the privacy policy of the respective agencies.

Information on our mailing list or donor giving records are given only to employees who need such information to perform their assigned duties for the MLS Foundation. Information may also be given on a limited basis to agencies that prepare mailings on our behalf or analyze our data for the purpose of a financial audit.

To publicly recognize and thank donors for their generosity, the MLS Foundation may occasionally publish a list of donors. In such cases, other organizations and third parties would have access to a list of names only.

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.

For donors who give to the MLS Foundation, your information is retained in our electronic database indefinitely. This is so that we may send you receipts for tax purposes and send occasional appeals and updates. 

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.

If you prefer that your donation and/or any of your information be kept anonymous, please use the form located at this link and return it to the MLS Foundation. We will handle your information in accordance with your wishes as indicated on the form.

Where we send your data

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

Your contact information

For donors who give to the MLS Foundation, your information is retained in our electronic database indefinitely. This is so that we may send you receipts for tax purposes and send occasional appeals and updates. 

Additional information

How we protect your data

The MLS Foundation maintains a secure office and computer environment so that information is not placed at an unreasonable risk.

What third parties we receive data from

We may occasionally receive contact information updates from Michigan Lutheran Seminary, especially information that relates to alumni.