One Million Degrees

Privacy Policy


Effective as of March 4, 2022

This privacy policy (the “Privacy Policy”) applies to the One Million Degrees Mobile Application (the “App”) and the One Million Degrees Website (the “Website”), collectively the “Community Applications” that are owned and operated by One Million Degrees (“OMD,” “we,” “us,” or “our”). This Privacy Policy describes how we collect, use, process, and share personal information. By downloading, accessing, or using our App, or by visiting, accessing, or using our Website, you are agreeing to the terms of this Privacy Policy. We encourage you to read the Privacy Policy, and to use the information it contains to help you make informed decisions.


One Million Degrees is the premiere organization in Illinois that provides wrap-around support to highly motivated community college students by connecting them with coaches in order to help students succeed in school, in work, and in life (our “Service”). This involves sharing information including within the OMD community and among students (also called scholars) and coaches, and within our organization and with technology or business partners to help deliver our Services.


As a general matter, OMD takes the subject of privacy, and the privacy of the data under its control very seriously. OMD does not share any information with any other party except as described in this Privacy Policy to enable us to provide our Service to members of our community or to fulfill our mission. In particular, OMD does not sell, trade, or otherwise share the personal information of its donors. We want you to be informed about our practices and the choices that may be available to you, and we encourage you to read this Policy.

1. Information We Collect and Use

“Personal Information” is information or data that identifies, relates to, describes, can be used to contact, or could reasonably be linked directly or indirectly to you.


a. Personal Information We Collect from You. When you become a member of the OMD Community as either a student or a coach, access our Service, register to use our Community Applications, or access or use our Community Applications, we collect the following categories of personal information about you:

The personal information described above is provided voluntarily by you. Please note that in some instances, if you choose not to provide certain information, then some or all features of our Community Applications that rely on certain information to operate may be unavailable to you.

b. Donor Information. One or more of our Community Applications may have features that enable individuals to make financial donations to us by way of an electronic credit card or debit card payment. These electronic payments are processed through our partner Click-and-Pledge. We do not store or process any financial information in the course of your electronic payment. However, we do collect the donor’s name, address, phone number, donation amount, the date of donation, and information regarding the origination of the donation (such as whether the donation was made at a particular donation drive event, for example) when a donation is made electronically, or by physical check. In particular, OMD does not sell, trade, or otherwise share the personal information of its donors.

c. Personal Information We Collect from Community Members. When you participate in our community and use our Service as a student or coach, we will collect information that is shared with us about you from participants of the community or other participants of the Service. For example, if you are a student, then a coach may provide us information regarding the interactions they had with you as their student. Similarly, if you are a coach, then a student may provide information to us regarding a student’s interaction with you.

d. Personal Information Automatically Collected in Community Applications. As you use our Community Applications, our technology partner Salesforce, collects certain personal information about you including through automatic data collection. Automatically collected information about your interactions with the Services may be collected by using certain technologies such as cookies, web beacons, and other technologies. The following personal information is automatically collected:

I. Identifiers.

II. Usage Data.
III. Diagnostics.

Please note that Identifiers (including a User ID and Device ID), Usage Data (including Product Interaction and Other Usage Data), and Diagnostics (including Crash Data, Performance Data, and Other Diagnostics Data) is automatically collected by Salesforce in order to facilitate the functionality of our Community Applications and for the purposes of analytics. This information is not linked to your identity, and it is not used for tracking purposes.

e. Personal Information Generated by Us. As you use our Service and participate in our programming, we generate certain personal information about you, including through inferences based on the information we collect about you and your activity. We generate the following categories of personal information about you:

2. How we use your information.

We use your personal information for the following purposes, to:

3. How we share your information.

We disclose personal information we collect (or generate) as follows:
OMD does not sell, trade, or otherwise share the personal information of its donors.

4. How we store and protect your information.

Storage and Protection. We maintain commercially-reasonable technical, administrative, and physical security measures that are designed to protect your information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, unauthorized disclosure, alteration, and destruction.


Our agreements with third parties that receive and process your personal information require them to keep it secure and confidential.

Except to the extent that liability cannot be excluded or limited due to applicable law, we assume no liability or responsibility for disclosure of your information due to errors in transmission, unauthorized third-party access, or other causes beyond our control.


You play an important role to keep your information secure. You should not share your user name, password, or other security information for any of your Community Application accounts with anyone. If we receive instructions using your user name and password, we will assume you have authorized the instructions. If you have any reason to believe that your account with us is no longer secure or has been compromised, please contact us immediately. Our contact information is found at


Retention. We may retain your personal information for as long as you participate in any of our Services or as long as any Community Application account is active. In addition, we may retain your personal information for a period of time to allow you to re-join our community and participate in our Services, or re-activate your account without loss of information in the event that you had previously disengaged from us or otherwise stopped participating in our Services. We may also retain your personal information to:

5. Changes to this policy.

Except to the extent limited by applicable law, we will update this Privacy Policy from time to time to reflect changes in our privacy practices, legal requirements, and other factors by posting updated policies to any of our Community Applications. Changes to our Privacy Policy will be effective when posted and the new effective date will be identified. You can view our Privacy Policy any time at

6. How to contact us.

If you have any questions about this Policy or the way your personal information is used, please contact us by email at, or by postal mail at:


One Million Degrees
Attn.: Legal Department
180 N Wabash, Suite 310
Chicago, IL 60601

David Scherer

David Scherer

One Million Degrees Co-founder 

David is principal of Origin, co-chairs the Investment Committee, and oversees investment analysis, acquisition and asset management. He has more than 20 years of experience in real estate investing, finance, and asset management. In 2006, he co-founded One Million Degrees, which has raised $20 million to help low-income community college students graduate and successfully enter the workforce. David has served as the organization’s Board Chair for the past 12 years, as the organization has grown from 30 to 1,000 students served per year. He also serves as the President of the Harvard Club of Chicago and is on the Advisory Board of Invest for Kids.  

Rose Lizarraga

Rose Lizarraga

OMD CO-Founder & President & CEO, Lysa LLC

An award-winning documentary filmmaker and freelance writer, Rose’s career also includes 10 years spent developing new product and brand strategies as well as marketing and advertising campaigns at Leo Burnett, Foote, Cone & Belding, M&M/Mars and other small businesses.  More recently, she worked as a writer/editor for Modern Luxury Inc., publishers of magazines such as CS and Angeleno.  Rose graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with dual degrees in English and Political Science.  She is a founding member of the Daniel M. Kerrane, Jr. Foundation, former Board Vice President of the Fairy Godmother Foundation, and currently serves on the Chicago committee for Human Rights Watch.

Michael B Golden

Michael B. Golden

One Million Degrees Co-Founder 

A former national award-winning broadcast journalist, Michael Golden has also served as a political campaign manager and communications strategist for U.S. Presidential, Senate and Congressional races. Michael is a fellow at the British-American Project and the Open Society Institute. In 1999, Michael’s investigative and public affairs reporting for NBC earned him honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the AP, and the Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2011, Michael co-founded Newsbound, Inc., a media and software company based in San Francisco, CA. He is also a co-founder of the Complete the Degree back-to-college initiative in Chicago, Illinois. Michael serves on the board of the ADL and on the governing board of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, as well as the Illinois Commission to Eliminate Poverty. He received his B.A. from Indiana University, and his M.S. in Public Services Management from DePaul University.