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Donor Relations Policy


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. Davidson College seeks to responsibly encourage this action among its students, employees, alumni, and supporters.


This policy seeks 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 sponsored by the college.


The college shall engage donors in a responsible, courteous, and professional manner at all times.

Administration of Policy

The Donor Relations Director shall oversee this policy and review it at least once every two years. Changes to this policy shall be made in accordance with the college's Policy on Policies.

The American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) have adopted the following statements to protect donors and encourage responsible practices by Donor Relations staff. Davidson College agrees with these statements and aspires to extend these rights to all 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 purposes
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to 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 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 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

Last Revised: 9/16/15