Donor Bill of Rights

The TDMH Foundation has adopted the following "Donor Bill of Rights" as our fundamental guiding principles to ensure that our donors can have full confidence in our actions.

I.     To be informed of the organizations 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 acknowledgment and recognition.

VI.   To be assured that information about their donations 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 "Donor Bill of Rights" was developed by the American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  It has been endorsed by the Independent Sector, National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC), National Committee of Planned Giving (NCPG), National Council for Resource Development (NCRD) and United Way of America.
(March 2010)