Donor Bill of Rights


To ensure that our donors and our prospective donors can have full confidence in their decision to make a gift to our organization, we fully support the following rights of our donors: 

  • To be informed of Wilder's mission, of the way Wilder intends to use donated resources, and of Wilder's capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on Wilder's governing board of directors, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to Wilder's most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given so long as such purposes are in accordance with Wilder's values and mission.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and confidentiality to the extent provided by law and in accordance with Wilder's values and mission.
  • 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 Wilder or hired solicitors.
  • To expect that their names will not be sold or shared outside of The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The Donor Bill of Rights was developed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Association for Health Care Philanthropy, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.