Donor Policy 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 ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, the Zoological society of Florida declares that all donors have these rights:


To be informed of the organizationís mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purpose.


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


To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organizationís governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.


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


To have access to the organizationís most recent financial statements.


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


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


To be assured their mailing information will not be shared.


To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition


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