A 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 Kentucky Colonel and general public, and that Colonels and other prospective donors can have full confidence in the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  • To be informed of the Kentucky Colonel’s mission, of the way we intend to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the Kentucky Colonel’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the Kentucky Colonel’s most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured Colonels and all other donations will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about your donations are handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing the Kentucky Colonels of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, Board of Trustees, employees of the Kentucky Colonels, or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that the Kentucky Colonels may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations. Permission to use and customize with Kentucky Colonels intentions was given by AFP.