Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is the tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to our success. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in our organization and the programs they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights.


  • To be informed of the school’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

  • To know the identity of the school’s governing board, and its Executive Director, and to expect them to exercise prudent judgment in their stewardship responsibilities.

  • To have access to the school’s financial statements.

  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

  • To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and confidentiality.

  • To know if those seeking donations for the school are volunteers, employees of the school or hired solicitors.

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

  • To expect that all relationships with individuals related to the school are professional.