Donor Bill of Rights - Renewal Inc

Donor Bill of Rights

Renewal is committed to upholding the highest standards and practices in interacting with donors and supporters. As such, we have adopted the Donor Bill of Rights.


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 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:

  1. To be informed of the agency’s mission, of the way the agency 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 agency’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities;
  3. To have access to the agency’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 agency or hired solicitors;
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an agency may intend to share; and
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The Donor Bill of Rights was developed by:

American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC)
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

The Donor Bill of Rights has been endorsed by such entities as:

Independent Sector
National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC)
Partnership for Philanthropic Planning Council for Resource Development (CRD) United Way of America