FONA believes that one of the greatest strengths of Washington D.C. is the rich diversity of its citizens. FONA seeks to recognize and support that diversity. FONA is an equal opportunity employer, and its employment practices and policies are applicable to all employees without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions, family responsibilities, genetic information, political affiliation, matriculation, veteran status, union affiliation, disability, or any other legally-protected characteristic in accordance with federal or local law (the “Protected Categories”).

FONA is firmly committed to complying with all applicable federal and local legislation designed to ensure equal employment opportunities to persons with disabilities. FONA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability with regard to all employment practices or terms, conditions and privileges of employment. Consistent with this policy and applicable law, upon an employee’s request, FONA will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities who are able to perform the essential functions of the job unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to the organization. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignments, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

In addition, upon request and consistent with its obligations under applicable law, FONA will provide reasonable accommodations for an employee whose ability to perform the essential functions of the employee’s job are affected by pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions, or breastfeeding. If you feel that you have need for an accommodation, please provide the request in writing to your supervisor, who will seek additional appropriate information in accordance with applicable law.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.  See the USDA non-discrimination statement here.


Certain states require written disclosures for nonprofit organizations soliciting contributions. Individual state disclosures are below.

Maryland:For the cost of copies and postage, from the Office of the Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Virginia: From the State Office of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218.



Effective Date: 4/10/2021

This Privacy Policy governs how Friends of the National Arboretum (“FONA,” “we,” or “us”) collects, uses, or discloses information through www.fona.org (the “Site”) and the information you may provide to us offline or through any means other than this Site.

Types of Information We Collect The information we gather falls into two categories: (1) information that you voluntarily provide to us, and (2) information relating to your interactions with us and the Site.  In some cases, an agent or vendor of ours collects the information on our behalf.

You may voluntarily provide information to us through the Site, including your name, log-in information, contact information, and any other information you choose to provide. We collect this information when you subscribe to our newsletter, sign up for a membership, or interact with us for any other purpose.

We collect information relating to your interactions with us and the Site, including browser or device type, IP address, usage patterns and preferences as you navigate through our Site, date and time of visit, and any other information we collect through the use of cookies and similar technology.

How We Use Information We may use the information we collect for any lawful purpose, such as:

  • To respond to your inquiries, including questions about your membership;
  • To provide, operate, and improve our services, including to provide better services, products, and opportunities to our customers and visitors to our Site;
  • To operate, personalize, and improve the Site, including for analytics purposes;
  • To send surveys, promotions, and similar materials that may be of interest to you;
  • To comply with the law and to maintain the security of our Site; or
  • With your consent, or as otherwise disclosed at the time information is collected.

How We Share Information We may share the information we collect with other parties, including:

  • To Comply with Legal Obligations. We may share information about our donors when release is required to comply with FONA’s legal arrangement with the Department of Agriculture.
  •  With Your Consent. We may share information with your consent or as otherwise disclosed at the time of data collection or sharing. For example, our Site may offer optional services or features, such as promotions, associated with unaffiliated third-party companies. If you choose to use these optional services or features, we may provide information to such third parties. We will not do so without telling you in advance, and you can avoid having us make such disclosures by choosing not to use these services or features of the Site.

In addition, the Site may offer interactive features, such as comment sections, that you can use to communicate with other Site visitors or to submit and post your own content. If you disclose personal information in one of these forums, this information can be viewed, collected, and used by others.

Analytics We may work with third parties that collect data about your use of the Site and other sites or apps over time for non-advertising purposes. For example, FONA may use Google Analytics and other third-party services to improve the performance of the Site and for analytics and marketing purposes. For more information about how Google Analytics collects and uses data when you use our Site, visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners, and to opt out of Google Analytics, visit tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Third-Party Links and Tools Our Site may include links to third-party websites or apps. In addition, other third-party sites may use the Site’s name, FONA’s name, or the name of one of FONA’s affiliated organizations. We do not control the privacy practices of those websites or apps, and they are not covered by this Privacy Policy. FONA assumes no responsibility or liabilities whatsoever for the content or privacy practices of the operators of any such linked sites or of any link or linking program, and we recommend that you review the privacy policies of other websites or apps that you use to learn about their information practices.

Our Site may also include integrated social media tools or “plug-ins,” such as social networking tools offered by third parties. If you use these tools to share personal information or you otherwise interact with these features on the Site, those companies may collect information about you and may use and share such information in accordance with your account settings, including by sharing such information with the general public. Your interactions with third-party companies and your use of their features are governed by the privacy policies of the companies that provide those features. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policies associated with any accounts you create and use.

Opt-Out of Receiving Communications You may opt-out from receiving promotional e-mail communications from us by using the link provided at the bottom of each promotional message. If you opt out of our promotional emails, we will still send messages related to your transactions or relationship with us.

Contact Us If you have any questions or comments about our Privacy Policy, please contact us at 202-544-8733.

Changes to this Privacy Policy We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy at any time. Any such changes will be promptly posted on this page with an updated “effective date” posted at the beginning of this policy. We encourage you to visit this page periodically to learn of any updates.