January 29, 2018
Does your organization have “A Donor Bill of Rights?” This set of standards was created by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), along with other philanthropic associations.* Many not-for-profit groups endorse these standards and state in their literature that they will adhere to them.
The purpose of the 10-point “Donor Bill of Rights” is to generate confidence among donors and to provide guidance for board members and your staff.
Donor Bill of 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 be provided with access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
- To be assured that gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
- To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition for contributions.
- To be assured that information about 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 names to be deleted from mailing lists that the organization may intend 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 developed by the AAFRC, The Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.