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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:
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
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
have access to the organization's most recent financial
be assured that their gifts will be used for the purposes
for which they were given.
To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
be assured that information about their donations is
handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent
provided by law.
expect that all relationships with individuals representing
organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in
be informed whether those seeking donations are
volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.
have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from
mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
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, Vice President, Fund Development at 330-983-0399 or email@example.com.