Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving 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 organizations and causes they are asked to support, Franklin Pierce University stands behind the following rights for donors:

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 purpose

2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board and 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 receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition

6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and confidentiality to the extent provided by law

7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature

8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors

9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share

10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers

The text of this statement in its entirety was developed by the American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement Support of Education

If you would like more information on making a lasting gift to Franklin Pierce please call 603.899.4030 or e-mail