List Exchange Policy
Long-term support from our individual supporters is critical to fulfilling CMEP’s work to support sound United States policy that is crucial to achieving the objective of a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the Holy Land. Maintaining and preserving a strong, trusting relationship with our supporters is essential for effectiveness.
Finding more individuals to support our mission is also vital to the long-term success of our work. Individuals who support organizations that are complementary to Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) are among the most likely to support CMEP. For this reason CMEP, on occasion, will exchange lists with other well-established faith-based and/or non-profit organizations.
We deeply appreciate CMEP supporters who to choose to help us reach new people by allowing CMEP to exchange their limited contact information with another organization.
Respecting the trust and needs of our supporters while also meeting the need for efficient and effective outreach and fundraising practices are the twin principles that underpin our list exchange policy. Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) developed this policy to balance two essential needs for the continued development of the organization and the success of our shared mission:
- The need for our supporters (whether advocates, donors or both) to trust that their contact and personal information is safeguarded and secure, and;
- The need to increase the number of people who may not currently know about CMEP or engage in our work.
The following principles apply:
- Lists will be exchanged only. CMEP will not sell or rent supporters’ information to outside groups.
- Lists will only contain specific supporter contact information: name (first and last), street address, city, state and zip code, and/or email address. Phone numbers, donation information, or any other personal information will not be included.
- Supporters may email info@CMEP.org to indicate that their information should not be exchanged. Any CMEP supporter who has communicated to CMEP that they do not want their information exchanged will have their records marked as such and that supporter’s information will be excluded from the exchange. We will provide notice of this option in mailings to members and on the CMEP website.
- CMEP itself reserves the right to remove any CMEP supporters’ information from an exchange list for any reason.
- An exchange is for one-time use only by the other organization. CMEP will monitor any exchanges to comply with this stipulation. Only people who respond to the communication from the other organization will receive future communication from that organization due to a CMEP list exchange.
- CMEP will exercise caution in exchanging lists. CMEP will only share lists with complementary organizations in which CMEP member might be interested and will do so with limited frequency.
- CMEP will not exchange lists with or from any candidate for public office, committees or organizations supporting a candidate, political parties, or organizations that solicit funds for use in political campaigns for any purpose.
- Occasionally, CMEP may rent or purchases lists from other organizations in order to reach prospective supporters, but we will never sell or rent the CMEP list. We will not rent or purchase lists which are generated by political parties or political candidates. Additionally, we will not rent lists from any organization if we believe doing so may endanger the trust between CMEP and its members.
- We will maintain active and careful control of our membership lists by informing others, including any list brokers we may hire, of this policy and by taking steps to enforce this policy. We will have a written agreement, which contains provisions consistent with this policy, with all list brokers we hire or organizations with which CMEP exchanges lists.
- CMEP will comply with the laws and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service, the District of Columbia, and the United States Postal Service. Including maintaining complete and accurate records of all uses of lists for at least such time as required by law.
If you have questions or comments regarding this policy, please contact us at info@CMEP.org, 202-543-1222, or write to Churches for Middle East Peace, 110 Maryland Avenue, NE, #311, Washington, DC 20002.