you decide to give, you need to know that your funds are going to help
situations, and provide the improvements that you intended.
We believe that the Institution has
an obligation to its supporters to be accountable,
and as such, we support the concept of a Charter of Rights for donors to
You have the right to:
- Be informed of the recipient
organization’s mission, how it intends to use the donated resources,
and its ability to use them effectively.
- Know the names of those serving on
the governing board and expect the board to be responsible for
- Have access to the organizations
most recent financial statements.
- Be assured that gifts are used for
the purposes for which they are given.
- Be assured that information will be
handled with respect and confidentiality to the extent provided by
- Receive appropriate acknowledgment
- Expect complete professionalism by
- Be informed whether those seeking
donations are volunteers or hired employees of the organization.
- Have the opportunity for your name
to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to
- Feel free to ask questions when
making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright
This charter was developed by the
It is endorsed by many major fund-raising groups which are determined to
maintain public confidence in not-for-profit
organizations world-wide and the causes they are asked to support.
Institute of Philanthropy
The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) is a nationally prominent
charity watchdog service whose purpose
is to help donors make informed giving decisions.
This web site will provide you with information about our organization,
the charities we rate, and our method of
grading charities. Special features will focus on top salaries,
top-rated groups, and hot topics in America’s
most popular causes.
Give.org is the web site for the BBB Wise Giving
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance was formed in 2001 with the merger of the
National Charities Information Bureau
and the Council of Better Business Bureaus Foundation and its
Philanthropic Advisory Service.
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance collects and distributes information on
hundreds of nonprofit organizations that
solicit nationally or have national or international program services.
It routinely asks such organizations for information about their
programs, governance, fund raising practices,
and finances when the charities have been the subject of inquiries.
Fraud Information Center
Information on a variety of scams. You can find sections on
telemarketing and Internet fraud, plus information
on scams that target senior citizens.
You can also find out about proposed legislation dealing with fraud.