Donor Bill of Rights

The ICC Foundation has shown its commitment to follow philanthropic best practices that merit the respect and confidence of the public by adopting the Donor Bill of Rights.

The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). It was adopted by the Itasca Community College Foundation Board on February 15, 2013.

The Donor Bill of Rights
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. A tradition of giving and sharing, it is primary to our collective quality of life. 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 nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  6. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  7. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.
  8. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  9. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.

The Foundation makes no representations nor offers any legal or tax advice about the benefits or other consequences of gifts to the Foundation. You are encouraged to consult with your attorney and/or your financial advisor on such matters.

For more information on giving options, please contact Susan Lynch, Interim Foundation Director and Alumni Relations at susan.lynch@itascacc.edu or by phone at 218-322-2451.