Financial Info / Donor Bill of Rights

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Coming homeThe Gratitude Initiative is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit founded in July of 2013.

The Gratitude Initiative (GI) works extremely hard to keep the fundraising and administrative costs associated with the operation of GI as low as possible.  The GI Team approaches the mission with a Bootstrap philosophy to function administratively as lean as possible to push critical funds to the troops in the field…the hero children and families we serve. GI relies heavily on volunteers, in-kind gifts, and services provided by corporations to help keep administrative costs as low as possible.

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Integrity and Trust

The Gratitude Initiative is able to accomplish its mission only through the generous support of its donors and partners.  As stakeholders, donors can expect that GI operates under the highest guidelines and ethical standards.  As part of that commitment, GI supports The Donors Bill of Rights as provided by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

The Donor Bill of Rights

120207-N-QY430-112Philanthropy 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 nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  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 acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their 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 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.

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.