Policies

The Colorado School of Mines Foundation was established as an independent nonprofit organization in 1928 and incorporated in 1951 as the official gift-receiving agency for the school. It is a 501(c)(3) organization. CSMF works to advance public understanding and philanthropic support for Colorado School of Mines’ unique mission and to prudently steward its resources and friendships.The CSM Foundation works closely with the university to secure private philanthropic support. Learn more about the foundation and the university's roles in raising, accepting and investing contributions from alumni, friends and industry partners by reading their joint gift solicitation and deposit policy.

ACCOUNTABILITY & TRUST

The Colorado School of Mines Foundation is committed to maintaining transparency in its financial operations while preserving the confidentiality of our donors.

We invite you to learn more about our financial operations by reviewing our investment management policy.

In accordance with Colorado state statute, foundation public records are available for review according to the disclosure of public records policy and procedure adopted by the CSM Foundation Board of Governors. Public records are limited to writings directly related to the disbursement or expenditures of funds. Specific donor, prospective donor and alumni information will not be released.

Review our donor publicity and confidentiality policy below for information on our standard publicity process for gifts and how to indicate your publicity preferences.

DONOR PUBLICITY & CONFIDENTIALITY

CSMF has a duty to protect the confidentiality of private, non-public donor information. Respect for a donor’s right to privacy is a fundamental standard for all CSMF activities. CSMF uses the Donor Bill of Rights developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals as a guiding principle for the development of its donor publicity and confidentiality policies. All CSMF employees are held to a strict business code of ethics containing stipulations about donor confidentiality, and both employees and volunteers sign a confidentiality agreement with CSMF before beginning their service.

PUBLICITY: CSMF regularly publishes giving news as a way of recognizing our donors and communicating the importance and impact of private philanthropy. General donor information such as name, affiliation with the university, and gift amount/gift designation is considered public information and may be used in CSMF and university communications, including, but not limited to, print and online media. On occasion, CSMF and Colorado School of Mines publicize major gifts in external publications via press releases or other communication vehicles. CSMF may photograph participants in programs and special events, or people on the Colorado School of Mines campus, and use these images in print and web communications. Images may also be used by media representatives in their coverage of Mines facilities and school events and programs held on and off campus. Photos are not made available for commercial marketing and advertising, endorsement, trade or sales. CSMF honors all requests for anonymity. Donors who wish to remain anonymous or who prefer not to have their gifts to Colorado School of Mines publicized should contact the Colorado School of Mines Foundation.

CONFIDENTIALITY: It is the policy of CSMF to maintain the highest level of confidentiality with respect to donor information. Aside from publicizing gifts (as outlined above), CSMF will not share information about donors and prospective donors with external parties, unless the donor expressly grants permission to release such information. All requests for information about donors by the media or for information in legal proceedings, such as subpoenas, are referred to the Vice President for University Advancement. The CSMF website uses industry standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) servers on its giving transaction pages. It encrypts all personal information including names, addresses and credit card numbers to prevent unauthorized access as the information travels over the Internet.

CONTACT US

In all cases, donors may request to remain anonymous. All donor requests for anonymity will be honored, except to the extent that CSMF is required by law to disclose donor identity. To indicate your preferences regarding donor confidentiality and publicity, including a request for anonymity, please contact the Colorado School of Mines Foundation at 303.273.3275 or donorrelations@mines.edu.