AFP - Donor Bill of Rights
Following is the Donor Bill of Rights developed by the National Society of
Fund Raising Executives (now the Association of Fundraising Professionals or AFP) in conjunction with AAFRC, AHP, and CASE. As
NSFRE requested to "please help us distribute this widely" I thought it
useful to share at my web site. These are ideals that we should keep in mind
when developing systems and procedures, when consulting, and when serving
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 judgment in its
- 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 acknowledgment 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 mailings 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.
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Updated April 2002