Privacy Policy

This is the official website of Maryland Humanities.

Our postal address is: 108 West Centre Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

We can be reached via email at

Our telephone number is (410) 685-0095.

Personal Information

Program events offered by Maryland Humanities are often produced or presented by third parties. When you make a reservation to an event presented or produced by one of these third party organizations, Maryland Humanities may provide them with information regarding your reservation. This information may include, but shall not be limited to, your name, address, telephone number, and email address, as well as details of your reservation, which may include, but shall not be limited to, the date you reserved your tickets and any offer to which you responded.

Maryland Humanities collects personal information when you make a reservation or a contribution online, request information about our programs and services, participate in a promotion or an online survey, contact us with a question or suggestion, or apply for employment with us. Depending on the nature of your interaction with Maryland Humanities, we may ask you for information such as your name, phone number, physical address, birth date, company related information, email address, credit card information including expiration date and billing address, and communications preferences. All of this information is stored in a password-protected, CRM database employing SSL technology. All credit card numbers are automatically encrypted following an individual transaction and are thereafter not viewable by anyone.

Your personal information may be used by us (or third parties engaged by us) to: (1) customize the advertising and the content that you see online, (2) fulfill your requests for programs and services, (3) contact you, (4) conduct research, (5) respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, and (6) establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.

In addition, Maryland Humanities may send you information about third party events or products we believe may be of interest to you or may provide your name and address to third party partners; however, we will never trade or sell your email address. You can request at any time that we exclude you from third-party activities by calling (410) 685-0095, writing a letter, or emailing with your request. Maryland Humanities does not monitor or control the privacy policies of such third parties.


Maryland Humanities may periodically contact you via mail, email, or telephone with notices of news or programming, advocacy alerts, fundraising appeals, or other relevant communications. You may opt out of these communications at any time, either by phoning us at (410) 685-0095, sending a letter to our offices, clicking the appropriate link provided in relevant email messages, or responding to any direct mail appeals. You may at that time indicate if you wish to opt out of email communications, out of all communications (mail, email, and phone), or out of sharing with third parties.


If you donate to Maryland Humanities, we will collect relevant personal information necessary to process your donation (including, but not limited to, your name, physical address, credit card account information, telephone number, and email address). You may choose to donate to us via mail, telephone call, online, or text message (via a Text2Give program as approved by the Mobile Giving Foundation and collected via your mobile service provider). We will acknowledge each donation with a letter, email, or other message that may also serve as your donation receipt for tax filing purposes, as applicable. If you wish to opt out of communications from us following receipt of your donation acknowledgment, you may do so by phoning us at (410) 685-0095, sending a letter to our office, or by clicking the appropriate link provided in relevant email messages. You also may opt to have your donation remain anonymous, upon request. We will never trade or sell your personal information to a third party for the purposes of fundraising.

GDPR Compliance

Maryland Humanities is in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Maryland Humanities is the data controller and decides what personal data is collected, but we do not collect any information that is not freely given by our constituents or already publicly available. You can contact us at any time to request what information we have about you, correct any information we have about you, or request that we delete any information we have about you. We cannot add you to our eNews subscriber list, process your donation(s), or process any reservations you may make without your name, mailing address, and email address.

Children’s Privacy Policy

Information Collected

We respect the privacy of both children and their parents and do not collect any more personal information than reasonably necessary to enable them to participate in the activities of our programs like Maryland History Day, for which we offer online registration and contest results via our website. With respect to our online information collection practices regarding children (and, specifically for the purposes of Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act [COPPA] compliance, children under 13 years of age), Maryland Humanities collects the following types of personal information directly from children registering online in order to participate in our program:

  • First and last name
  • Home or physical address including street name and name of a town
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Username, password, registrant type identification number and contest identification number (which are held in a cookie on the registrant’s computer)
  • Information about a child’s parents

Please note that parents may consent to the above collection and use without necessarily consenting to the disclosure of personal information to third parties. We do not allow outside organizations to use personal information collected at our site, except as noted herein.

Use and Sharing of Information

We use the information we collect from children to respond to children’s specific requests to participate in activities such as the Maryland History Day contest. We may use a child’s address and parental information to send general information from Maryland Humanities, including fundraising solicitations.

With respect to sharing information, we limit access to a child’s personal information to those parties who may be entering the registration information (e.g., parents, teachers, counselors, etc.); organizations that provide scholarships and special awards; and those who provide technical support for the internal operations of the Maryland Humanities website. Because the online registration system that we use for Maryland History Day is linked to the registration system used by the National History Day program, the information we collect online from Maryland History Day participants also may be accessed by those administering the National History Day contest. The Privacy Policy of the National History Day program may be found at All third parties with whom Maryland Humanities shares information have agreed to maintain the security and integrity of such personal information.

We do share general information about Maryland History Day and Letters About Literature contest winners, including student name, school, teacher name, entry title, division, and category, with news media in the form of a press release announcing winners, which is also posted on our website. During online registration, we do ask for permission to release the student’s image for the purpose of announcing the contest results to the media and/or for use in educational materials and media produced by Maryland Humanities. We do not share student contact information with local media or sponsors without contacting parents first to obtain permission to do so. We also share information about the Maryland History Day contest winners with the National History Day program in order to allow winners to proceed to the national competition.

Parental Review

Parents can review the information that we have collected from their children online, prevent the further use or maintenance of such information, or request the deletion of their children’s personal information by:

  • Calling us at the telephone number provided above
  • Emailing us at the above address
  • Writing to us at the above address
  • Contacting us via the appropriate contact links on our website at

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Maryland Humanities may update this policy at any time. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the email address that you have provided us or by placing a prominent notice on our websites.

Enacted June 8, 2018