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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 not-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 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 have access to the organization's most recent financial
        statements.

To be assured that their gifts will be used for the purposes
        for which they were given.

To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

To be assured that information about their donations is
        handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent
        provided by law.

To expect that all relationships with individuals representing
        organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in
        nature.

To be informed whether those seeking donations are
        volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.

To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from
        mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to
        receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations.

For more information, please contact Julie Weagraff, CFRE, Director, Fund Development at 330-983-0399 or jweagraff@gsneo.org.