Donor Bill of Rights

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:

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.

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.

To have access to the organization’s
most recent 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 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 fundraisers. 

To have the opportunity for their
 names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

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


This document was developed by:
American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC)
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)


*Donors interested in viewing the OSA Foundation’s recent IRS Forms 990 or learning more about our finances can visit GuideStar, a non-profit organization which maintains a searchable online database of all tax-exempt nonprofits registered with the IRS.

OSA Foundation