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 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 information about their donation is handled with respect and with 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 answers.
Adopted 1964, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Copyright AFP, all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
PRIVACY AND SECURITY
To protect the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, officers, committee members, employees, donors, beneficiaries and affiliated agencies, and the individuals transacting Foundation business via the Foundation’s website, from the disclosure of nonpublic and/or private information, consistent with strict professional standards of confidentiality and all applicable laws and regulations.
NONDISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
Limited Disclosure. The Foundation will not sell, share, or otherwise distribute or disclose nonpublic and/or private information (i.e., personal, business, financial), except as: (1) required by law, (2) authorized in writing by the person(s) concerned, or (3) required to maintain the security of the Foundation’s assets, property, possessions, or information technology systems.
Research and Information.
The Foundation conducts research for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of potential donors. All information gathered is considered confidential. Any requests for information are made in writing on Foundation letterhead. The Foundation’s website collects or discloses information only if an individual consents to such collection or disclosure. An individual’s participation in an online transaction resulting in the disclosure of nonpublic information constitutes consent to the Foundation’s collection and disclosure of such information for purposes reasonably ascertainable from the nature and terms of the transaction.
The Foundation has implemented safeguards to preserve the integrity of its website and information technology systems.
Links to Third Parties.
The Foundation’s website provides links to websites that are operated and controlled by third parties. A link does not constitute knowledge or endorsement of the content, viewpoint, accuracy, opinions, policies, products, services, or accessibility of third-party websites.
The Foundation will honor any donor’s request to remain anonymous or to be omitted from a published listing.