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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 not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I.

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.

II.

To be informed of the identity of those serving
on the organization’s governing board,
and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgement
in its stewardship responsibilities.

III.

To have access to the organization’s
most recent financial statements.

IV.

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

V.

To receive appropriate
acknowledgement and recognition.

VI.

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

VII.

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

VIII.

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

IX.

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

X.

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

DEVELOPED BY

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

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