Philanthropy consists of a voluntary action taken on behalf of a public good. One of the highest and most satisfying forms of self-expression, sharing our wealth with others enriches our own life, as well. “We make a living by what we get,” goes the saying, “but we make a life by what we give.” The voluntary basis of philanthropy requires a climate of trust and mutual respect, however, where prospective donors are assured that the intended recipients of their generosity merit their support.
In order to nurture such a climate of trust and mutual respect with the philanthropic community, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology believes that all donors and prospective supporters enjoy the following 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 in 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 acknowledgment and recognition.
6: To be assured that information about their donations is handles 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 the 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.
Developed by: Association of Fundraising Professionals,Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.
Endorsed by: Independent Sector, National Catholic Development Conference, National Committee on Planned Giving, Council for Resource Development, and United Way of America.