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 Foundation, we declare that all donors have these rights:

1. To be informed of the Foundation’s mission and the way the Foundation intends to use gifts and of its capacity to use gifts effectively for their intended purposes.
2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and to expect the Trustees to exercise prudent judgment.
3. To have access to the Foundation’s most recent financial statements.
4. To be assured that 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 gifts is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing the Foundation will be professional in nature.
8. To be informed whether those seeking gifts are volunteers, employees or hired solicitors.
9. To feel free to ask questions when making a gift and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.



Adapted from the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) & the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).