Donor Bill of Rights


A 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 FISH’s mission, of the way FISH 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 FISH’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to FISH’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 confidentially to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing FISH will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of FISH or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from the mailing list.  FISH does not share its mailing list.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.


Developed by:
American Association of Fund Raising Counsel
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Association of Fundraising Professionals

As taken from Nonprofit Fundraising Strategy, edited by Janice Gow Pettey, 2013, p 41.