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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 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, the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and 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 implementing the organization's mission and purpose for the best interests of the community.

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

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

To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.

To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality.

To expect that all relationships with individuals representing the organization will be professional in nature.

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

To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from the organizations mailing lists.

To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and complete answers in an easy-to-understand manner.