A Donor’s Bill of Rights

The United States Bill of Rights is comprised of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Among other provisions, the amendments outline specific individual freedoms and rights. Likewise, several national fundraising associations and philanthropic organizations created a set of important tenets that outline specific rights of individuals who support nonprofits. The Donor’s Bill of Rights is a list of ten key principles that the Bartlesville Community Foundation considers paramount in our ongoing effort to help everyone realize their charitable aspirations.

The following is a personalized list of The Donor’s Bill of Rights:

  1. To be informed of the BCF’s mission and the way we intend to use donated resources, and of our capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the BCF’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the BCF’s most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about a donation is handled with respect and with 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 BCF or hired solicitors. (Note: The BCF does not employ outside individuals to seek donations.)
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share. (Note: The BCF does not share such information.)
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The Bartlesville Community Foundation is a grant-making public charity that is dedicated to improving the lives of people in Bartlesville and the surrounding area. We bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support effective nonprofits.

The BCF strives to be the premier organization that helps everyone, regardless of background or resources, succeed in their realizing their philanthropic goals. This is done through endowed funds, grant making, and a wide variety of charitable programs.

Contact the Bartlesville Community Foundation today and let us help you realize your own charitable goals.

Laura Jensen is the Director of Operations for the Bartlesville Community Foundation. She can be reached at 918-337-2287or by e-mail at laura@bartlesvillecf.org.