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 non-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support; The VOBOC Foundation declares that all donors have these rights:
I. To be informed of our mission, of the way we intend to use donated resources, and of our capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on The VOBOC Foundation Board of Directors, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
III. To have access to our 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 our mailing list. The VOBOC Foundation does not sell nor share any donor information with outside parties.
X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
The VOBOC Foundation endorses this complete text in its entirety. The above is a modified version of the Donor Bill of Rights developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AARFC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE).