Donor Bill of Rights

Most people know that the first ten amendments of the Constitution of the United States makes up the Bill of Rights. But, did you know that there is a Donor Bill of Rights for philanthropists?

Developed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP),Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), and Council for Advancement and Support of Education  (CASE), and adopted in November 1993, the Donor Bill of Rights states that “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 see the Donor Bill of Rights, click here).

  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 statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that 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.

The Delaware County Community Foundation adheres to the Donors Bill of Rights and works closely with donors to ensure that their philanthropic goals are met. We welcome the opportunity to further discuss our policies and procedures with donors and prospective donors. Contact us at or 610-892-8620.

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