Donor's Bill of Rights
CERGE-EI's mission is based on voluntary action for the common good. We believe this philanthropic tradition of giving and sharing the best of ourselves is primary to improving the quality of life for all.
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 CERGE-EI Foundation and causes they are asked to support, we hereby declare that all donors have these rights:
- To be informed of the CERGE-EI 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 CERGE-EI Foundation's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities;
- To have access to the CERGE-EI 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 acknowledgment and recognition;
- 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 CERGE-EI Foundation will be professional in nature;
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of CERGE-EI Foundation or hired solicitors;
- To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that the CERGE-EI Foundation may intend to share;
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Giving Institute, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). It has been endorsed by numerous organizations.