Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut


Donor Bill of Rights

The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), andthe Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). It has been endorsed by numerous organizations.

The Donor 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 nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we
declare that all donors have these rights:

I. 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.

II. 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

III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and
with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of
interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the
organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an
organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt,
truthful and forthright answers.