Donor and Member Rights Policy

Seaport Museum


The South Street Seaport Museum (Seaport Museum) acknowledges that philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good founded on the tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that our programs merit the respect and trust of the community we serve, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in our museum, the Seaport Museum acknowledges that all donors have the following rights:

  • To know that all personal information is not shared with or sold to any other entity
  • To be informed of the Museum’s mission, of the way the Museum intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use contributions effectively for their intended purposes
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the Museum’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgement in its stewardship responsibilities
  • To have access to the Museum’s most recent financial statements
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition
  • To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing the Museum will be of professional nature
  • To be informed whether individuals representing the Museum are volunteers, employees, or hired solicitors
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be removed from mailing lists
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers
  • This policy was last updated October 11, 2018