Giving Bill of Rights

Giving | Donor Bill of Rights


Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is essential to community 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, Colorado Health Network, Inc. dba Colorado AIDS Project declares that all donors have these rights, modeled after the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Donor Bill of Rights:

I. 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 intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s Board of Directors and to expect the Board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to, upon request, the organization’s three most recent audited financial statements and IRS Statements 990, the organization’s nonprofit IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter, and any other documents as set forth in the IRS’s guidelines (IRC 6104) regarding contents of nonprofit organizations’ public inspection files.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition. Colorado AIDS Project’s policy is to acknowledge that all cash and in-kind gifts are acknowledged in writing with a letter usable for tax purposes.

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

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

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

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

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



These policies are subject to change, with or without notice, by Colorado AIDS Project’s Board of Directors.