Community Guidelines

BALLE is an intentionally multi-partisan organization, doggedly focused on positive solutions and collective learning. We welcome all honest discourse and invite everyone to debate with one another through respectful and relevant conversations. Help us create a thriving community by respecting others and keeping on topic. We want everyone to feel comfortable about posting their comments and asking questions. Angry rants and inflammatory messages designed to foster arguments are not helpful and may be removed. If you disagree with a post or comment, please engage in the conversation with respect, constructive criticism, curiosity and open-mindedness. Any comments with profanities, abusive, threatening, racist, sexist, defamatory, or obscene content will be removed. Please keep your comments relevant. Comments that are unrelated to the conversation (including blatant advertisements and solicitations) may be removed.

Privacy Policy

BALLE is committed to protecting your privacy.

Website Visitor Data

You can visit most portions of without telling us who you are and without revealing any personal information. Our website does collect anonymous data from your visit, including, but not necessarily limited to, the name of your internet service provider, the browser and type of machine you are using, the website that referred you to us, the pages you request and the date, time, and geographic location (city, state, and country only) from which you request them. We use this information to generate statistics and measure site activity in order to improve the quality of our site to our visitors. In no case will BALLE facilitate the merging of a visitor’s personally-identifiable information with non-personally identifiable information unless we have provided the visitor with robust notice of, and received the visitor’s prior affirmative (i.e., opt-in) consent to, that merger.


Like most websites, BALLE may place a “cookie,” or small file, in the browser files of a visitor’s computer. We use cookies to save information you give us so that you don’t have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. This allows us to personalize the site to your taste and provide the best web experience possible to our visitors.

The BALLE site also uses third-party cookies to gather anonymous traffic and visitor data as described under “Analytics Tools” below.

Analytics Tools

We use analytics tools and other third-party technologies, such as Google Analytics and DoubleClick Cookies, to collect non-personal information in the form of various usage and user metrics when you use our site. These tools and technologies collect and analyze certain types of information, including cookies, IP addresses, device and software identifiers, referring and exit URLs, onsite behavior and usage information, feature use metrics and statistics, usage and purchase history, MAC Address, mobile unique device ID, and other similar information.

The third party analytics companies who collect information through the BALLE site may combine the information collected with other information they have independently collected from other websites and/or other online or mobile products and services relating to your activities across their network of websites as well as online and/or mobile products and services. Many of these companies collect and use information under their own privacy policies.

Opting Out of Cookies

By using the BALLE website, you consent to the placement of the cookies referenced above. You can, however, set your browser to disallow cookies or to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it.

You may opt out of the DoubleClick cookie by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page or you may opt out of Google Analytics by visiting the Google Analytics opt-out page. Google has additional information available about their Remarketing Privacy Guidelines, and Restrictions.

You may view a list of other third party service providers who collect information, and/or opt-out of such collection of information about you, by visiting

Email Communication

We do encourage you to voluntarily share your email address and other personally identifiable information with us, because we can’t build the movement we need without you. All such information is collected and stored in a manner appropriate to the nature of the data. BALLE makes every effort to insure the secure collection and transmission of sensitive user information using industry-accepted data collection and encryption methodologies.

BALLE does not sell or otherwise disclose user information outside the organization for commercial purposes. If you sign up to receive updates from BALLE or if you register for any of our events or services, we commit to providing you with accurate and timely information about our activities. While the vast majority of communications will come to you directly from BALLE, some information on our lists, such as your name and email, may be provided to trusted BALLE allies from time to time. These allies may, for example, be organizing BALLE events in your community.

You may opt out of communication from BALLE at any time.

Donor/Contributor Privacy (Donations, Purchases and Event Fees)

BALLE does not sell, trade or share our donors’ personal information with anyone else, nor do we send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.  We will only share personal information if a donor/contributor has given us specific permission to do so.

To process a charitable contribution or product purchase, it is necessary for BALLE to gather the visitor’s name, email address, mailing address, phone, and credit card information. This data is used to verify identity and execute the financial transaction. Additionally, phone number and email address information may be used to contact visitors if there is a problem with the transaction.  If you choose to make an online monetary transaction with BALLE, your credit card information will be used only for this transaction through our secure online payment system. BALLE does not retain credit card information or transmit credit card information to anyone else.

BALLE reserves the right to change its policy as necessary.

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2323 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
1 (510) 587-9417