Our Committment to Ethical Fundraising
Autism Ontario is responsible to our donors who invest in and help to protect the future of our organization and our mission.
We are committed to working towards the highest standards of financial management and fundraising ethics, and pledge that our donors’ investment in Autism Ontario will be treated with the utmost respect.
We treat every donation with professionalism, accountability, and integrity. Our commitment to these ideals is at the core of our promise to you, the donors who fuel our mission.
We are guided by an internationally recognized Donor Bill of Rights, created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Educations (CASE), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Donor 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 assure 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, we declare that all donors have these 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 their intended purposes.
II. 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.
III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
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.
Adopted 1964, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Copyright AFP, all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.