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DONOR BILL OF RIGHTS



At Earthwatch, we adhere to a high standard of ethics that form the backbone of our relationships with our donors.



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To ensure that we merit the respect and trust of the general public and to better protect our current and future donors, Earthwatch endorses the following donor rights. As a donor, you will:

  • Be informed of our mission, the way we use philanthropic gifts, and our ability to use those contributions effectively for their intended purposes.
  • Be kept informed of the identity of those serving on our Board of Directors, and can expect the Board to exercise prudent judgment in guiding the organization to greater success.
  • Have access to our most current financial statements in a timely manner.
  • Be assured that your gifts will be used as you requested.
  • Receive timely and appropriate acknowledgment and recognition for your contributions.
  • Be assured that sensitive information related to your gifts will be kept confidential to the extent as required by law and will not be publicly acknowledged against your wishes.
  • Expect professional, courteous interactions with all staff within the organization.
  • Be informed whether those seeking support are volunteers, employees, or hired solicitors, when being solicited.
  • Be able to request to have your name not released as part of any shared mailing lists or to limit your Earthwatch communications if you so choose.
  • Be able to ask questions and to receive timely and truthful responses.