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Privacy Policy


Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is a not-for-profit, tax-deductible ecological research organization. We are committed to protecting any data that we collect concerning you.  By using our services you agree to the use of the data that we collect in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

We collect the minimum amount of information about you that is commensurate with providing you with a satisfactory service. This Policy indicates the type of processes that may result in data being collected about you. Your use of this website gives us the right to collect that information. 

Information Collected

We may collect any or all of the information that you give us depending on the type of transaction you enter into. We request, collect and retain certain information when you fill in a form, register for an event, apply for a program, subscribe to our electronic newsletter, respond to surveys, or use other features of our Site. This includes your name, email address, mailing address, phone number and other personally identifiable information you share with us. Other information that may be needed to process a request may also be collected as indicated on the website. 

If you visit our site to read or download information, we may collect and store the following non-personally identifying information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet; the date and time you access our site; which pages you visit; and the Internet address of the web site from which you may have linked directly to our site. We use this information to maintain and monitor the Site, including its availability, functionality, speed and security to make the Site more user-friendly and to improve your experience when you visit it.

Data in relation to credit card payments is processed by PayPal. For details about Pay Pal’s privacy practices, please see Pay Pal’s Privacy Policy.

Data in relation to public event registrations is processed by EventBrite. For details about EventBrite's privacy practices, please see EventBrite's Privacy Policy.

Information Use

We use your personal information to send you email alerts; to answer your requests; to let you register for events, etc. You can opt out at any time to stop any further contact from us.

Personal information will not be shared with any third party.


We do not knowingly collect Personal Data from children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, please do not submit any Personal Data via our registration pages. We encourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children's Internet usage and to help enforce our Privacy Policy by instructing their children never to provide Personal Data online without their permission. If you have reason to believe that a child under the age of 13 has provided Personal Data to us through our online registration system, please contact us, and we will delete that information from our databases.


Your Internet browser has the facility for storing "cookies" that hold information which allows a website to recognise your account.  Our website takes advantage of this facility to enhance your experience. They also let us track usage, so we know which parts of our sites are most popular. You can reject cookies or delete them.

Google Analytics is used to analyze traffic to this web site. For more details about Google's privacy practices, please see Google's privacy center.

Donor Privacy

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors. We have developed this privacy policy to ensure our donors that donor information will not be shared with any third party.

Cary Institute provides this Donor Privacy Policy to inform you of the way your information is used. We also provide you with the opportunity to remove your name from (or opt out of) our mailing list, if you desire to do so.

Donor Contact Information

Cary Institute collects and uses various information from donors that includes: amount donated, address, telephone number, donor comments and e-mail address. Tax laws in the United States require Cary Institute to keep contact information and contribution level of donors on file.

Cary Institute uses donor information to understand donors' needs and provide better service. Cary Institute will never sell, trade, rent or share names (unless released for publication), e-mail or mail addresses, or telephone numbers of our donors. We will not send donors mailings on behalf of other organizations. Cary Institute will use contact information (e-mail, telephone number and address) of donors for these purposes only:

• Distribute receipts for donations

• Thank donors for their donation

• Inform donors about upcoming fundraising and other activities at Cary Institute

• Internal analysis and record keeping

• Reporting to relevant U.S. and State agencies (these reports are not for public inspection)

Properly anonymized donor information is used for promotional and fundraising activities. Cary Institute will not reveal any donor information in its annual report or other materials unless specific permission is given by the individual donor.

Financial Information

Access to donor financial information is strictly limited to professional staff of Cary Institute whose job requires them to process this data. No such data is given to any person, organization or group who does not need to access those data. Donor records are kept in secure files.

To accept contributions via credit card, Cary Institute uses accredited online payment processing services with world-class security and data privacy policies. Unless requested by the donor for the purpose of processing recurring donations, Cary Institute does not store, nor does it have access to, your credit card information, bank account numbers, or other account data sent to those processing services.

Removing Your Name from Our Mailing List 

It is our desire to not send unwanted mail or information about Cary Institute to our donors. Please contact us if you wish to be removed from our mailing list.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is registered as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization with the State of New York. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Changes to this Policy

If we decide to change our Privacy Policy, we will post those changes on this page.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, or if you want to know what information we have collected about you, please email us at