Donor Bill of Rights

In a tradition of giving and sharing, philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. To assure that generosity merits public trust, and that donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations that 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 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 donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers