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 nonprofit 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 it
intends to use donated resources, and its capacity to use
donations effectively for their intended purposes.
- To know the identity of those serving on the
organization's governing board, and to expect the board to
exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship
- To have access to the organization's most recent
- To be assured gifts to the organization will be used for
the purposes for which they were given.
- To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition of
- To be assured that information about an organization's
donations is handled with respect and confidentiality to the
extent provided by law.
- To expect that all relationships with individuals
representing organizations of interest to you will be
professional in nature.
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are
volunteers, employees of the organization or hired
- To have the opportunity to delete your name from mailing
lists that an organization intends to share.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the American
Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for
Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Association of Fundraising
Professionals (AFP), and the Council for Advancement and Support
of Education (CASE). It has been endorsed by numerous