Donor's Bill of Rights

Donor's Bill of Rights

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 ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the non-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 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 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. Please call Sol Kempinski, Director of Annual Giving, at (858) 637-3207. 


Developed by the following four industry experts:
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits

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