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:
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 judgement
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
To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
To be assured that information about their 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 their names to be deleted from mailing lists
that an organization may intend to share.
To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive
prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC)
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Endorsed by (in formation)
National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC)
National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG)
Council for Resource Development (CRD)
United Way of America