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DONOR BILL OF RIGHTS



At Earthwatch, we believe that ethical business standards and principles are essential to 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:

  • To be informed of our mission, of the way we use philanthropic gifts, and of our ability to use those contributions effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be kept informed of the identity of those serving on our Board of Directors and to expect the Board to exercise prudent judgment in guiding the organization to greater success.
  • To have access to our most recent financial statements in a timely manner.
  • To be assured that gifts will be used as the donor has requested.
  • To receive timely and appropriate acknowledgment and recognition for their contributions.
  • To be assured that sensitive information related to their gifts will be kept confidential to the extent as required by law and will not be publicly acknowledged without the donor’s permission.
  • To expect that all interactions with staff within the organization will be professional.
  • When being solicited, to be informed whether those seeking support are volunteers, employees, or hired solicitors.
  • To request to have their names not released as part of any shared mailing lists or to limit their Earthwatch communications if they so choose.
  • To ask questions and to receive timely and truthful responses.