The following Donor Bill or Rights was developed by the American Association for Fund Raising counsel, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, council for Advancement and Support for Education and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. It has been reprinted from the April 2006 issue of Successful Fund Raising.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statement.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. To be assured information about their donations is handled with respect and confidentiality to the extent rovided by law.
  7. To expect all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.