Editorial Statement

Folo Media is a secular, nonpartisan, nonprofit LLC registered in the state of Texas. We are an editorially independent affiliate of The H. E. Butt Family Foundation, and we are owned by Laity Renewal Foundation, a registered 501(c)3.

See below for our statements on editorial independence, donor transparency, and privacy. For more information, send an inquiry to info@folomedia.org.

EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE POLICY

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue, including our parent organizations, the Laity Renewal Foundation, and The H. E. Butt Family Foundation. Although we are owned by a faith-based organization, we are a secular news organization.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

STATEMENT OF ETHICS

We abide by the Society of Professional Journalist’s Code of Ethics.

We are committed to the practice of the highest principles and ethical standards of professional journalism.

DONOR TRANSPARENCY

We are committed to transparency in ​the funding our organization.

We are owned by Laity Renewal Foundation, a public charity.

LRF receives public donations that go toward the operations of The H. E. Butt Family Foundation. Program revenues from the Foundation’s Laity Lodge and Quiet House are a second source of funding. LRF’s investment portfolio also produces income. The H. E. Butt Family Foundation does not contribute any cash to LRF; it does, however, provide employees, real estate to operate programs, admin offices, etc. While we are not yet actively soliciting donations, in the future, should we choose to receive funding from sources other than Laity Renewal Foundation and The H. E. Butt Family Foundation, we will make public all donors who give a total of $1,000 or more per year.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

PRIVACY POLICY

We track how our visitors use this site so that we can see what people like and don’t like.

We may also collect personal information about you via registration for newsletters and commenting.

We will not release your name, email address or any other personal information to anyone outside Folo Media without your consent, unless we are under a legal order to do so, or there is an emergency involving danger to a person or property. Only authorized Folo Media employees or consultants are allowed access to personal information about you. Any employee or consultant who violates our privacy and security policies is subject to disciplinary action.

We occasionally have service contractors, third party agents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and joint ventures that perform functions on our behalf, including but not limited to credit card processing and website hosting. They have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, and are contractually obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of the data. They are restricted from using or altering this data in anyway other than to provide the requested services to Folo Media. In addition, we may always share, disclose, and transfer all information, postings, and any and all other personal and non-personal information we have collected to a successor-entity in the case of the sale of the assets of Folo Media, corporate reorganization, merger, change in control, or other similar transaction.

Remember that any information you share in public areas, such as the Folo Media comments area, becomes public and therefore this Privacy Policy does not apply to any information you choose to make public. We encourage visitors to Folo Media to be cautious about what they disclose and that they do not post any personal information that they expect to keep private. Personally Identifiable Information is information that can be used to contact you or determine your specific identity. If other information is linked to this information, it also becomes Personally Identifiable Information.