Fred Hutch respects the privacy of its donors and prospective donors and believes that it is of paramount importance to maintain the trust and confidence of the Hutch community, including donors, prospective donors, sponsors, partners and volunteers. The Philanthropy Department at Fred Hutch developed this Donor Privacy and Confidentiality Policy (“Policy”) to provide transparency as to Fred Hutch’s practices, policies and procedures for the collection, use and protection of information that is provided to Fred Hutch by donors and prospective donors (“Donor-Related Information”).
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Protecting the confidentiality of Donor-Related Information is an essential part of the work done within Philanthropy at Fred Hutch. All Donor-Related Information that is obtained by Fred Hutch is handled by Philanthropic Staff on a confidential basis except as otherwise disclosed in this Policy or except as disclosed when the information is provided to Fred Hutch. All Philanthropic Staff sign a confidentiality pledge and are expected to demonstrate professionalism, good judgment and care to avoid unauthorized or inadvertent disclosures of Donor-Related Information. Philanthropic Staff may share with donors, fund beneficiaries, and grantees information pertaining to their own gifts, funds and grants.
Except as described in this Policy or at the time the information is provided, we do not otherwise disclose Donor-Related Information to any third parties, and we never sell, rent, lease or exchange personal information with other organizations. The identity of all who connect with us through our website, postal mail and email is kept confidential. The use of Donor-Related Information is limited to internal purposes, by authorized individuals, and to advance resource development efforts that require donor information, as noted above.
We have established and implemented reasonable and appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security and ensure the proper use of Donor-Related Information. In particular, Fred Hutch secures the personally identifiable information provided on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When payment information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. Moreover, credit card numbers are not retained by Fred Hutch once processed.
Although we have implemented reasonable and appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of Donor-Related Information, our security measures may not prevent all losses and we cannot ensure that information will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Policy. In the event of such security failures or disclosures in contravention of this Policy, Fred Hutch will provide notice in a timely manner. Fred Hutch is not responsible for any damages or liabilities.
Unless otherwise requested by the donor, the names of all individual donors may be printed in Fred Hutch reports and other internal and external communications. Fred Hutch will not publish the exact amounts of a donor’s gift without the permission of the donor.
The names of donors of memorial or tribute gifts may be released to the honoree, next of kin, appropriate member of the immediate family or executor of estate unless otherwise specified by the donor. Gift amounts are not released without the consent of the donor.
When a donor requests that a gift or fund be treated as anonymous, the donor’s wishes will be honored.
Fred Hutch collects and maintains the following types of donor information when it is voluntarily provided to Fred Hutch:
Fred Hutch complies with all federal and state laws in the use of Donor-Related Information.
We use information obtained from donors and prospective donors to maintain records of donations, to respond to donor inquiries, to comply with the law or with any legal process served on Fred Hutch, for IRS purposes, to analyze overall giving patterns in order to make more accurate budget projections, to develop strategies and present gift proposals, to issue donation acknowledgements, to understand donors’ interests in our mission and to update them on the organization’s plans and activities, to inform planning about who receives future fundraising appeals, to organize and promote fundraising events, and to inform donors of relevant programs and services through newsletters, notices and direct mail pieces, and to analyze our website usage.
Our contractors and service providers sometimes have limited access to Donor-Related Information in the course of providing products or services related to gift processing and acknowledgements. Such access is subject to confidentiality obligations covering this information. Moreover, access to Donor-Related Information by these contractors and service providers is limited to the information reasonably necessary for the contractor or service provider to perform its limited function for us. For example, donations may be processed through a third-party service provider, and our donors’ information will be shared with such service providers to the extent necessary to process the donation.
Fred Hutch may also use Donor-Related Information to protect against potential fraud. We may verify with third parties the information collected in the course of processing a gift, event registration or other donation. If donors use a credit or debit card on a Fred Hutch website, we may use card authorization and fraud screening services to verify that the card information and address matches the information supplied to us and that the card being used has not been reported lost or stolen.
Donors and prospective donors may ask to be removed from our email, mailing, or phone lists at any time. If you determine that information in our database is inaccurate or it has changed, you can modify your personal information by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 1.800.279.1618.
As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Fred Hutch relies on private support, applying the majority of each dollar contributed to our world-renowned research efforts. In connection with the Hutch's fundraising activities, certain states require us to advise that a copy of our financial report is available from them. Fred Hutch's principal place of business is located at 1100 Fairview Avenue North, J5-200, Seattle WA 98109-1024. Financial disclosures may be obtained by contacting the Washington Secretary of State at 1-800-332-GIVE, or at the Washington Secretary of State's website. Additional financial information may be obtained by writing to the Office of the Secretary of State, Charitable Solicitations Program, P.O. Box 40234, Olympia, WA 98504-0234. Registration with a state agency does not constitute or imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by that state.