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 the causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
- To be informed of our mission, of the way we intend to use donated resources, and of our capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
- To be informed of the identity of those serving on our governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to our most recent financial statements.
- To be assured your gifts will be used for the purposes for which they are given.
- To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
- To be assured that information about your 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 Memory Matters or hired solicitors.
- To be assured that we will not share your name with outside organizations.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt truthful and forthright answers.