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Gift Acceptance Guidelines

Statement of Principles

  1. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine seeks philanthropic support from donors who share our values, as laid out in the School’s mission statement:  “To improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.”
  2. Independent and impartial research, scholarship and teaching are fundamental to the mission of all universities. The School solicits and accepts gifts on the understanding that the School’s academic independence will be respected  by all parties.
  3. Donors are entitled to appropriate acknowledgment of their gifts, and their gifts must be used for the purposes agreed by the donor and the School.
  4. Those who solicit or accept gifts on behalf of the School will take all reasonable steps to determine the source of the funds, and to ensure they do not derive from illegal or unethical activity.
  5. The School reserves the right to decline or return gifts which it believes are in conflict with its values or could damage the reputation of the School.

The School’s gift-acceptance procedures are guided by the Ethical Principles Behind the Acceptance of Gifts identified by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education–Europe, the professional body representing higher-education fundraisers in the UK and Europe. These principles are endorsed by Universities UK and a number of other UK higher-education organisations and institutions.

Data Protection Statement

All data is securely held in the School’s Development Office and will be treated confidentially and with sensitivity for the benefit of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and its members. The data may be made available to our academic and administrative departments, recognised alumni chapters, and to agents contracted by the School for specific Development-related projects.

Data is used to promote close links between the School and its supporters through a full range of donor activities, including the sending of publications, the promotion of benefits and services available to donors and notification of donor events and programmes involving academic and administrative departments. Data may also be used in fundraising programmes which might include an element of direct mailing. The data will not be passed on to external commercial organisations.

Under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 you have the right to object to the use of your data for any of the above purposes.

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