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Data protection and gift acceptance guidelines

Data protection

All data concerning donors and potential donors is held securely by the School’s Development Office. The data is treated confidentially and with sensitivity for the benefit of the School and its members. We take appropriate measures to ensure that the personal information disclosed to us is kept secure, accurate, up to date and only for so long as is necessary for the purpose for which it is used, after which it is destroyed or permanently deleted.

We will never sell any of your personal information or pass these to a third party without your consent. The Development Office obtains information on School alumni from the School’s Alumni Office. View the Alumni Office’s data protection statement.

The Development Office also hold records on non-alumni, friends of the School, donors and potential donors. We also obtain information from you when you enquire about our activities, register for an event, make a donation to the School or otherwise provide us with personal information. We may also receive information about you from third parties. We sometimes also record information about you that is published publicly and append it to your record.

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 closer 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. You also have the right to ask for a copy of all the information we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies in your information corrected. 

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.