Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is essential to community quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, Gulf Coast Bird Rescue declares that all donors have these rights, modeled after the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Donor Bill of Rights:
• 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 intended purposes.
• To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s Board of Directors and to expect the Board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
• To have access, upon request, to the organization���s most recent audited financial statements, the organization�����s nonprofit IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter, and any other documents as set forth in IRS’s ���� guidelines regarding contents of nonprofit organizations’ public inspection files.
• To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
������� To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition. GCBR’s policy is that all cash and in-kind gifts with values over $25 are acknowledged in writing, with a letter suitable for tax purposes.
• To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
• To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
• To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.
• To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share. [GCBR does not share donor information with anyone outside the organization.]
• To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.
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