Donor Privacy Policy

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History understands that confidentiality is critically important and is strongly committed to protecting our donors' privacy. The Museum does not sell, share, rent or otherwise disclose personal information regarding our donors to other organizations. You can be assured that your personal information is held in the strictest of confidence. This privacy policy applies to collection of information, including information collected on our website.

Personal Information

“Personal Information” is information that identifies you personally, such as your name, address, telephone number, and email address. We collect and store the personally identifiable information that you have provided us. Here are some examples of ways in which we may collect your information.

The above list provides a sample of personal information that may be collected. From time to time, we may collect personal information from you in ways not described above.  For instance, the Museum maintains the following types of donor information when it is voluntarily provided to us:

This confidential information is kept on file and used to analyze overall giving patterns in order to make more accurate budget projections, as well as to understand donors’ interests and to update them on the organization’s plans and activities. This information is shared with staff, board members, volunteers and consultants only on a confidential and need-to-know basis.

Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

Except as described in this Privacy Policy or at the time we request the information, we do not otherwise disclose your personal information to any third parties. Further, we will not sell or trade your personally identifiable information to any third parties.

Discontinuing contact upon request

It is the policy of the Museum to communicate with donors according to their expressed preferences whenever possible. The Museum will discontinue or change the method used to contact any person upon that person’s oral or written request directed to the organization, its fundraiser, or other agent.

The Museum shall maintain a record of all requests by persons who indicate to the Museum, its fundraiser, or other agents, that they do not wish to be contacted by or on behalf of the Museum.
This policy does not prohibit contact by an individual or group voluntarily soliciting on behalf of Animal Humane Society, even if the person being contacted has requested to be placed on the "do not contact list."

Upon a person’s (or a person’s authorized representative’s) request that the Museum discontinue further contact, the person’s name and address will be promptly modified in the Museum’s donor database to ensure that no further contact is made with the person. The Museum will also take steps to ensure that no further contact is made with the individual and that the person’s name is removed from any external databases or records under the Museum’s control.

Permanent Record: The Museum will maintain an electronic record of all requests for discontinuance of contacts, effective with the adoption of this policy by the Museum’s board of directors. Oral requests will be noted in writing by the staff of the Museum and then permanently recorded in the electronic donor database. The records of persons who have made such a request will be maintained by the Museum to the extent necessary for legal or liability purposes.

Donor Bill of Rights

The Museum subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights, which was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  1. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for its intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. When we do, we will note the last update at the bottom of this Privacy Policy. For changes to this policy that may be materially less restrictive on our use or disclosure of your personally identifiable information, we will obtain your consent before implementing the change by sending a notice to your primary email address and home address specified in our records and by placing a prominent notice on our website.

If you have any questions about this policy, please call us at (313) 494-5872 or by email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Revised August 2015