The Donor Bill of Rights
Philanthropy is a tradition of voluntary giving and sharing that is central to the quality of life. To assure that Methodist Hospitals and the Methodist Hospitals Foundation merit our donors’ respect, support and trust we adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights developed and adopted in November 1993 by the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, the Giving Institute, the Association of Fund Raising Executives, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. As such, the Methodist Hospitals Foundation pledges to honor donors’ rights, including:
- The right to be informed of the organization’s mission, the way it intends to use donated resources, and its capacity to use donations effectively for its intended purposes.
- The right to know the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- The right to have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
- The right to be assured gifts to the organization will be used for the purpose for which they were given.
- The right to receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition of all gifts.
- The right to be assured that information about the donors’ donations is handled with respect and confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- The right to expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
- The right to be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
- The right to have the opportunity to delete their names from mailing lists that an organization intends to share.
- The right to feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
Methodist Hospitals Foundation
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