Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good; it is a tradition that is essential to the quality of life for many. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in WPI and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  1. To be informed of WPI's mission, of the way WPI intends to use donated resources, and of WPI's capacity to use donations effectively for intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on WPI's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to WPI'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 acknowledgement 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 WPI will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of WPI, or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that WPI intended to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.

Developed by: American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AAHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Initial endorsers: Independent sector, National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC), National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG), National Council for Resource Development (NCRD), United Way of America.


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