A 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 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:


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 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 have access to the organization’s most recent financial statement


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


To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition


To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law


To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature


To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors


To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share


To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers

DEVELOPED BY Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits
ENDORSED BY (in formation) Independent Sector National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG) Council for Resource Development (CRD) United Way of America