Donor Bill of Rights
The Southern Maine Agency on Aging, like most non-profit organizations, depends on donors and their generous support. We strongly believe that donors and prospective donors should have full confidence in our organization. To ensure this, we have adopted the following “Donor Bill of Rights,” which was prepared by and endorsed by highly-respected organizations.
Donor Bill of Rights
All donors have the following 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 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 were given.
- 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 be confident that mailing lists of donor names will not be shared.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
This Bill of Rights was developed by:
- American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC)
- Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)
- Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
This Bill of Rights is endorsed by:
- Independent Sector National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG)
- United Way of America
- Council for Resource Development (CRD)