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 assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-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 that information about
their donations is handled with respect and with
confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
To be informed of the identity of those serving
on the organization’s governing board,
and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgement
in its stewardship responsibilities.
To expect that all relationships with
individuals representing organizations of interest
to the donor will be professional in nature.
To have access to the organization’s
most recent financial statements.
To be informed whether those seeking
donations are volunteers, employees of the
organization or hired solicitors.
To be assured their gifts will be used for
the purposes for which they were given.
To have the opportunity for their
names to be deleted from mailing lists that
an organization may intend to share.
To receive appropriate
acknowledgement and recognition.
To feel free to ask questions when making
a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and
- 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)
- Independent Sector
- National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC)
- National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG)
- Council for Resource Development (CRD)
- United Way of America
Lancaster General Health Foundation will respect the privacy of donors and safeguard the confidentiality of information, which a donor reasonably would expect to be private.
Lancaster General Health Foundation provides donors with an opportunity to state that they prefer to remain anonymous and that their name, the amount of their gift, or other information would not be publicly released.
Lancaster General Health Foundation provides donors an opportunity to have their names removed from any mailing lists which are sold, rented or exchanged.
Lancaster General Health Foundation will honor requests by a donor to curtail repeated mailings or telephone solicitations from in-house lists.
Lancaster General Health Foundation solicitations are free from undue influence or excessive pressure and are respectful of the needs and interests of the donor or potential donor.