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:
I. 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.
II. 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.
III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
The CHOC Children’s Foundation values the relationship we have with our donors and takes seriously our responsibility to protect the personal, financial, and charitable information associated with our donors and their support of CHOC. We will not trade, share or sell a donor’s personal information to any other organization or individual online or offline. We encourage donors to allow us to publicly recognize their giving, but donors may opt out or make their gifts anonymously. We will not send communication to donors on behalf of other organizations, whether in print or electronic form. We utilize strict encryption of data related to online giving. Access to electronic and printed files regarding donor giving information is limited to CHOC Children’s Foundation staff only.