Bill of Rights

Respecting the donor as a partner

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:

I. VI.
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.
To be assured that information about
their donations is handled with respect and
with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
II. VII.
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.
To expect that all relationships with
individuals representing organizations of
interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
III. VIII.
To have access to the organization’s
most recent financial statements.
To be informed whether those seeking
donations are volunteers, employees of the
organization or hired solicitors.
IV. IX.
To be assured their gifts will be used for
the purposes for which they were given.
To have the opportunity for their
names to be deleted from mailing lists that
an organization may intend to share.
V. X.
To receive appropriate
acknowledgement and recognition.
To feel free to ask questions when making
a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and
forthright answers.

Developed by:

  • American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC)
  • Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

Endorsed by:

  • Independent Sector
  • National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC)
  • National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG)
  • Council for Resource Development (CRD)
  • United Way of America