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 organization’s mission, of the way the organization 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 organization’s governing board,

and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

3. To have access to the organization’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 organizations of interest to

the donor will be professional in nature.

8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the

organization or hired solicitors.

9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an

organization may intend to share.

10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and

forthright answers.

 

Nova Vita respects the privacy and protection of our donors. We do not sell or trade any personal information.

 

* The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). It has been adopted by our organization.

 

Information for Donors

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has launched a section on its website call Charities and Giving: Information for donors, which offers information on:

• Finding and researching registered charities

• The regulation of charities

• Donation receipts and tax savings; and

• Protecting yourself against fraudulent fundraising.

Be informed when making a donation to a charity, visit: The Canada Revenue Agency – Charities and Giving