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Donor Privacy Policy

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, 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.

Changes to this Policy

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

Helpful Information About Donating to Cary Institute

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.

A copy of our most recent annual financial report can be obtained from the NYS Attorney General’s Charities Bureau website or 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005 or 212-416-8686. 

Contacting Us

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