The Child First Authority (CFA) recognizes that the efficient operation of CFA requires the maintenance and management of extensive donor and prospect records. These records may contain sensitive information that has been shared with or developed by CFA staff or volunteers on a confidential basis. (“Records” is construed to mean all files, including electronic data, containing information on donors or prospective donors to CFA.) Donors and prospects may be attracted to CFA based on its ability to assure temporary or permanent anonymity. Protecting donor confidentiality is an essential part of providing good service to donors.

Additionally, care must be taken to preserve confidentiality of discussions that take place and information that is shared while conducting CFA business.

The purpose of this policy is to codify the position of CFA on donor privacy and confidentiality.

  1. Confidentiality of Records: The Executive Director shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of donor and prospect records. Records will normally be available to staff as needed to fulfill their duties. At the discretion of the Executive Director, staff may make all or part of any record available to CFA volunteers to assist them in executing their specific responsibilities. CFA’s auditors, legal counsel and other contractors are authorized to review donor/prospect and fund records as required for the purposes for which they are engaged.

All persons accessing donor/prospect or fund records in the conduct of CFA business shall maintain the confidentiality of said records. Staff may share information with donors pertaining to their own gifts, grants, etc.

Except in those instances, any copies of confidential information shall not be held outside CFA’s office for extended periods, and are to be destroyed as soon as possible or as guided by the Document Retention and Destruction Policy.

  1. Publication of Donor Names: Unless otherwise requested by the donor, the names of all individual donors may be printed in CFA’s annual report and in other appropriate listings. CFA will not publish the amount of any donor’s gift without the permission of the donor. Unless otherwise specified in the document, donors making gifts to CFA by bequest or other testamentary device are deemed to have granted such permission.

III. Memorial/Tribute Gifts: The names of donors of memorial or tribute 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.

  1. Anonymous Gifts: The Executive Director is authorized to accept anonymous gifts to CFA, and to handle them appropriately. When said gifts are made known to Board members, they will respect the anonymity of any such gift.
  2. Giving Categories: If giving categories have been stipulated for a specific fund drive, challenge grant, or project, or as part of CFA’s ongoing recognition program, then the donors, unless they otherwise specify, are deemed to have given permission for CFA to publish their names associated with the particular giving category.

Similarly, CFA may publish giving categories associated with donor names in its annual report, and unless a donor specifies otherwise.

  1. No Disclosures to Third Parties: CFA shall not release to third parties or allow third parties to copy, inspect or otherwise use CFA records or other information pertaining to the identification of a donor or donor’s gifts. No disclosures to third parties of such information, including addresses and demographic information shall be made without the donor’s consent.

VII. Confidentiality of CFA Business: Discussions that take place in the context of CFA’s operations require discretion, including discussions pertaining to personnel issues, development activities, operational fundraising, etc. The positions or statements of individual board members or staff should not be discussed outside of official CFA meetings and processes. Likewise, the content of CFA business, including documents or CFA analysis of documents, should not be discussed or shared outside official meetings and processes.

VIII. Discussion of Information: Confidential information about clients, their families and friends will not be discussed for any reason except on a need-to-know basis.

  1. Public Disclosure: CFA will comply with both the letter and spirit of all public disclosure requirements, including the open availability of its Form 990 tax returns. This Donor Privacy and Confidentiality Policy shall not be construed in any manner to prevent CFA from disclosing information to taxing authorities or other governmental agencies or courts having regulatory control or jurisdiction over CFA. However, all staff, volunteers, and contractors must hold strictly confidential all information of a private nature, including, but not limited to, all items explicitly discussed in this policy.
  2. Consequences of Policy Violation: Violations of the Confidentiality Policy are considered very serious, and may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal for employees or contractors, or removal from the Board or any committee for volunteers.


Approved by CFA Board of Directors:  January 6, 2018