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  Donor charter of rights. Potpourri
When you decide to give, you need to know that your funds are going to help solve problems, 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 charity.

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 stewarding donations.
  • 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 law.
  • Receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  • Expect complete professionalism by fundraisers.
  • 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 share.
  • Feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.

This charter was developed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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.

Donor Charter of Rights


American 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 Alliance. 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.

National 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.

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