DONOR BILL OF RIGHTS
What you can expect from the Foundation
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 ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in Children’s Hospital of Illinois Foundation and the causes donors are asked to support, the Foundation declares that all donors have these rights:
- To be informed of the Foundation’s mission, of the way it 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 Foundation’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to the Foundation’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, while respecting the confidentiality of those who wish to remain anonymous.
- 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 Foundation or Children’s Hospital of Illinois or hired solicitors.
- To be assured that their names will not be lent, rented, exchanged or sold to other organizations.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
This statement was adapted from the Donor Bill of Rights developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).