Donor Bill of Rights

On Philanthropy

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 declare that all donors have these rights. 

I. 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. 

II. 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. 

III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements. 

IV. To be assured their gifts will be

used for the purposes for which they were given. 

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition. 

VI. To be assured that the information

about their donations with respect to confidentiality to the

extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with

individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor

will be professional in nature. 

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking

donations are volunteers, employees of the

organization, or hired solicitors. 

IX. To have the opportunity for their

names to be deleted from mailing lists

that an organization may intend to share. 

X. To feel free to ask questions

when making a donation and to receive prompt,

truthful and forthright answer. 


DEVELOPED BY:

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF FUND RAISING COUNSEL (AAFRC)

ASSOCIATION FOR HEALTHCARE PHILANTHROPY(AHP)

COUNCIL FOR ADVANCEMENT AND SUPPORT OF EDUCATION (CASE)

ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS (AFP)