Donor Bill of Rights

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SOS BC endorses the following "Donor Bill of Rights" which has been developed by the American Association of Fund Raising Council, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (formerly the National Society of Fundraising Executives).

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 organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purpose.
  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 receive a copy of the Fundraising Code of Ethics as established by SOS BC.
  4. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements, including the charity’s registration number as assigned by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency and information contained within the public portion of the annual Charity Information Return to the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.
  5. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  6. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  7. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  8. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  9. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  10. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  11. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.




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