Defending Rights & Dissent values each and every donor. We respect your privacy and promise to safeguard it. We also promise to be transparent and forthcoming regarding our leadership, finances, and programs
We declare that all donors have these rights:
I. To be assured that their name and contact information will never be shared. Ever.
II. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
III. 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.
IV. To have access to the organization’s annual financial statements.
V. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
VI. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
VII. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and confidentiality.
VIII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
IX. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors [Defending Rights & Dissent never uses hired solicitors].
X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
We are dedicated to this Bill of Rights for all our supporters. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me by email at [email protected], or 202.552.7408. To donate to Defending Rights & Dissent, visit our secure donation page.
Sue Udry, Executive Director
Note: This Bill of Rights is revised from the version offered by the Society of Professional Fundraisers, which allows organizations to share and sell the names and contact information of their supporters with only an “opt out” provision. We will never do that, so we have revised Article I because if we don’t safeguard your privacy, who will?