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A 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 ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the non-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

To be informed of the organization’s mission, of
the way the organization intends to
use donated resources, and of its capacity to use
donations effectively for their intended purposes.
To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
To be informed of the identity of those serving
on the organization’s governing board,
and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities
To expect that all relationships with
individuals representing organizations of interest
to the donor will be professional in nature.
To have access to the organization’s
most recent financial statements.
To be informed whether those seeking
donations are volunteers, employees of the
organization or hired solicitors.
To be assured their gifts will be used for
the purposes for which they were given.
To have the opportunity for their
names to be deleted from mailing lists that
an organization may intend to share.
To receive appropriate
acknowledgement and recognition.
To feel free to ask questions when making
a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits
Independent Sector
National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC)
National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG)
Council for Resource Development (CRD)
United Way of America
Adopted in 1993
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