About Cookies
To enhance your experience on our website we use 'Cookies', which are small text files that we place on your computer's hard drive or mobile (or similar device) to store your preferences and provide us with certain information. These allow you to carry information across our site without having to re-enter it; it also enables us to analyse web traffic and improve our activities and services. Cookies, by themselves, do not tell us your email address or any other personal information unless you choose to provide this information to us e.g. when signing up for email updates, when making a donation through this website etc. Once you provide personal information, this may be linked to the data stored in the Cookie. For example, we may use cookies to personalise your experience on our web pages (such as to recognise you by name when you return to our site).You may set your web browser to notify you of cookie placement requests or to decline cookies completely. You can delete the files that contain cookies.

A cookie is unique to your computer or such other device that you use to browse our website and can only be read by the server that gave it to you. We use cookies to understand how you use our website so we can improve the service we provide. Cookies therefore help us to be more efficient and it may also save you some time.

Different Types of Cookies
Session Cookies - These will expire and delete themselves automatically after a short period of time such as when you leave our website or when you close your web browser. These will allow you to navigate through different web pages without having to re-enter information.

Permanent Cookies – These will be stored on your browser cache or mobile device until you choose to delete them. However, they will delete themselves at their expiry date. These will help to remember your preferences and your log in details so that you do not have to re-enter them every time you revisit our website.

Essential Cookies - These cookies are essential to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas. It may not be possible for you to use customisable parts of web pages or carry out certain web-based activities without using these cookies, for example making a donation.

Performance Cookies - These will help us understand how our members, service users and/or visitors arrive at, browse or use our website.

Advertising Cookies- These cookies collect information about your browsing habits. These can then be used to show you advertisements that may be relevant to your interests.

Third Party Cookies - Some of the cookies that will be used that have already been described may be stored on your device by third parties when you use our website. We have no control over such cookies. They are used to allow third parties to provide a service to us; for example Google Analytics will help us to understand how many visitors we have had and their user journey on our respective websites; by a payment processing provider if used by NGF to collect donations. Other examples include LinkedIn and Youtube.

As mentioned, we currently use a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics also use cookies and the information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of our website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in this manner and for these purposes.

How you can control Cookies
If you have configured your browser to accept cookies, then you are consenting for us to use cookies when you use our website. You can control which cookies you accept by configuring your browser to accept all cookies or not receive cookies and to alert you every time a website's server offers a cookie. You can also delete existing cookies from your browser. However, you may find that in doing so some parts of the website may not function.

Why we use Cookies
The reasons why we use or may use any or all of the types of cookies mentioned above, include (but are not limited to):
  • To aid navigation and use of our website, including the use of any special features on our website
  • To record the number of unique visitors to our website and to particular pages on our website
  • To measure and analyse when and how our donors and/or visitors use our website, and to improve both its functionality and your experience with NGF
  • To measure and analyse the country, region, city and/or borough associated with your IP address or device
  • To remember your preferences (such as your choice of language or location) so that the user experience is personal to you and helps to save you time
  • To deliver information or adverts which may be relevant to you now or in the future
  • To review any error messages that you may receive whilst using our website

Additional information
Please contact us if you believe that a type of cookie or specific information as to how or why we use cookies is missing. We also ask that you read our privacy policy. Please also let us know if you have any queries about this Cookies policy and/or our privacy policy.

You can also find out more information about cookies from the following websites (though we do not take responsibility for the accuracy of any information contained within these):

Last updated: 2 May 2021