Summary of our Data Practices

  • The Types of Information We Collect: We collect information provided to us mainly from nonprofit education organizations including information regarding grant management, institutional spending, student performance indicators (i.e. GPA, test scores, attendance records, graduation records, postsecondary enrollment, FAFSA completion, etc.), as well as information from surveys and focus groups that include responses from students, educators, and families. 
  • Purposes of Processing This Information: We process this information with the communication and consent of our partner organizations to perform analysis and provide insights on policy and procedures.
  • How to Contact Us: Vela Institute is the controller of your information when it is processed in the context of our Sites and Services. Our Data Protection Officer may be contacted by emailing

Vela’s Data Security Policy

The security of your personal information is important to us. We take a number of organizational, technical and physical measures designed to protect the information we collect, both during transmission and once we receive it. 

  • Obtaining Consent– Vela has developed our consent mechanisms for obtaining personal data, ensuring that organizations understand what they are providing, why and how we use it and giving clear, defined ways to consent to us processing their information. 
  • Information Audit– Vela Institute frequently identifies and assesses what information we hold, where it comes from, how and why it is processed and if and to whom it is disclosed.
  • Data Retention & Erasure– Vela’s policy aligns with principles of ‘data minimization’ and ‘storage limitation’ for our partners’ data. We have included erasure procedures in policy and are aware of when this and other data subject’s rights apply; along with any exemptions, response timeframes and notification responsibilities. Our policy stipulates data erasure within 90 days of contract completion. 
  • Data Breaches– Vela’s services are delivered through a platform with robust breach procedures and safeguards and measures in place to identify, assess, investigate and report any personal data breach at the earliest possible time. To date, Vela has not experienced a data breach.
  • Information Access Requests– Vela has developed information access procedures to accommodate a 30-day timeframe for providing the requested information and for making this provision free of charge.

Accessibility Standards

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. Vela Institute is partially conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard.

We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of Vela Institute’s website and communications. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on Vela Institue’s website:

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns at all about our Privacy Policy or Accessibility Standards, please feel free to email us at