Donor's Bill of Rights

When you give, be sure your selected charity employs standards and policies that assure you of a "bill of rights" as a donor.

You have the right to:

  • Know how the funds of an organization are being spent.

  • Know what the programs you support are accomplishing.

  • Know that the organization complies with federal, state, and municipal laws.

  • Know that your gift restrictions or designations are being honored by the organization.

  • A timely and courteous response to your inquiries about finances and programs.

  • Visit office and program sites of an organization to talk personally with the staff.

  • Give cheerfully without being pressured by the organization.

  • Obtain a copy of the organization’s most recent audited financial statements

  • Know that there is a responsible governing board providing oversight to the organization’s mission.

  • Know that all appeals for funds are truthful and accurate.