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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about
    their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making
    a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Donor Bill of Rights


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

(in formation)
Independent Sector
National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG) Council for Resource Development (CRD)
United Way of America