The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) has the utmost respect for the privacy of personal or proprietary information. To maintain mutually beneficial relationships with our donors, prospective donors, friends, and partners we collect and use information:
GMRI does not sell, trade, or rent names, mailing addresses, email addresses, or telephone numbers. We use third-party processing agents who meet our high standards of safety, security, and privacy (i.e. PCI compliance) to facilitate some activities including credit card processing, stock transactions, and email distribution. We use contact information (email, fax, telephone number, and mailing address) for the following purposes:
We are proud and very grateful for the generous community support we receive. It is our intention to publicly recognize our supporters by name unless the donor explicitly chooses otherwise on their pledge cards, when donating online or through personal communication with our Development staff. Comments given in donor forms and surveys or provided via email, fax, or telephone may be used in GMRI publications, unless sent to us in confidence. General, anonymous information about GMRI fundraising may also be used for promotional and fundraising purposes.
All access to personal and financial information is limited to select GMRI staff members who are appropriately trained. Additionally, Development staff may provide board members and volunteers, who require personal information for outreach and fundraising activities to advance GMRIs mission, with information on a need-to-know basis. GMRI maintains appropriate technology safeguards to protect sensitive information online and maintains security practices to protect information off-line.
The Chief Development Officer reviews this policy periodically with all relevant staff, board, and volunteers to ensure clarity on the reasons for confidentiality and accessibility, and to maintain integrity within the practices of preserving confidentiality of personal and proprietary information.