Donor Privacy & Confidentiality Policy

Your trust and confidence are important to us.


The purpose of this policy is to state the position of Boys & Girls Clubs of King County (BGCKC) on donor confidentiality and donor anonymity and will guide the actions of the Board of Directors, the Executive team and staff who may serve, regarding the rights of donors and potential donors to confidentiality regarding their transactions with BGCKC.

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County recognizes that the operation of the resource development department requires the maintenance and management of extensive donor and prospect records. Donor records often contain sensitive information that has been shared with or developed by BGCKC staff on a confidential basis. “Records” means all files, including electronic data, containing information on donors or prospective donors to


Confidentiality of Records

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of donor and prospect records and will ensure that all staff has clear direction regarding the confidentiality of records through the establishment of appropriate operating procedures. He/she may, in his/her discretion, make all or part of any record available to staff members or volunteers if essential to them in executing their responsibilities. Disclosure decisions will honor the wishes of donors related to disclosure unless a larger legal issue is related.

To carry out its responsibilities, the Board of Directors may need to review donor/prospect records. All directors shall respect BGCKC’s significant interest in protecting the sensitive nature of those records and shall maintain these policies for donor confidentiality.

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County’s auditors are authorized to review donor and prospect records as required for the purposes for which they are engaged. Fund agreements are considered “strictly confidential information” and are not public documents. Particulars of a fund document will not be shared with the general public or with fund recipients unless the donor has granted permission to do this or unless these details are essential to be shared in order for the fund to be administered as desired by the donor.

Fund Representatives

Only Fund Representatives are authorized to receive fund statements of information concerning the activities of a donor-designated fund. The release of fund information to auditors will be done only upon the written request of the Fund Representative. For memorial funds, the family will designate a Fund Representative.

For the unrestricted, field of interest, administrative endowment, or other funds created by the Board of Directors, it will be their discretion to designate others as Fund Representatives.

Publication of Donor Names

The names of all individual donors will be listed in BGCA’s annual report and/or in similar public relations communications. Exceptions will be made for any donor who specifically requests anonymity.

BGCKC will not publish the specific amount of any donor’s gift without the permission of the donor. Donors making gifts to BGCKC by bequest or other testamentary device are deemed to have granted such permission.
Donors should be aware that it is BGCKC’s policy, from time to time, to publish the current market value of its funds from which a reader may be able to determine the approximate size of a donor’s gift.

Honor/Memorial Gifts

The names of donors of memorial or honor gifts may be released to the honoree, next of kin, or appropriate member of the immediate family unless otherwise specified by the donor. Gift amounts are not to be released without the express consent of the donor.

Anonymous Gifts

The CDO is authorized to accept anonymous gifts to BGCKC. In the event the CDO is uncertain about the desirability of accepting an anonymous gift, he/she shall consult with the CEO and/or the Resource Development
Committee. The CDO shall disclose to the Resource Development Committee, upon a request by a majority of the Resource Development Committee, the names of any anonymous donors.

Disclosure of Pending Gifts

In the event that the CDO concludes that BGCKC is likely to receive, in the immediate future, a gift equal to or greater than five percent of its then existing assets, the CDO shall notify the CEO. The CEO and the CDO shall apply all requirements of the gift acceptance policy and determine the appropriate course for notifying the Board of Directors.


BGCKC may collect personal information such as names, company names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, and payment information (such as credit card numbers)from donors. By submitting personal information, the donor acknowledges that he or she has read this privacy policy, understands it, agrees to its terms and authorizes BGCKC to collect, use and disclose personal information pursuant to the terms of this privacy policy.
Any information you submit through email, online, phone, mail, or by an employee becomes the sole property of Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.


BGCKC uses personal information collected from donors to respond to donor inquiries, to issue donation receipts, to help in deciding who receives future fundraising appeals, to help organize fundraising events, and to inform donors of new programs and services.

How we protect your information

The first protection we ensure is that BGCKC never sells, rents, leases or exchanges your personal information with other organizations. The identity of all who contact us through our website, postal mail, and email will be kept confidential. The use of your information is limited to internal purposes, by authorized individuals, to better service existing donors, potential donors, or partner relationships. We make every effort to ensure the security of your information. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the proper use of information, we have established and implemented appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Removing your name from our mailing list

You can ask to be removed from our email list, mailing list, or phone lists.

If you determine that information in our database is inaccurate or it has changed, you can modify your personal information by emailing us at or by calling us at 206-436-1840.