Donor Bill of Rights
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we strive to assure that all donors have these rights:
- To have information on the organization’s mission, the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
- To have information on the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to have confidence that the board will exercise prudent judgement in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
- To feel confident that their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
- To feel confident that an appropriate acknowledgement and recognition will be made.
- To feel confident that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- To believe that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
- To have information about whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.
- To consider the option of having their names deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to feel comfortable that the answers will be prompt, truthful and forthright.