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 Muncie Children’s Museum (MCM) and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
- To be informed of MCM’s mission, of the way MCM intends to use donated resources and of its capacity to use donations effectively for the intended purposes.
- To be informed of the identity of those serving on MCM’s governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to MCM’s most recent financial statements.
- To be assured their gifts will be given for the purposes for which they were given.
- To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognitions.
- To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- To expect that all relationships with individuals representing MCM to the donor will be professional in nature.
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are MCM volunteers, MCM employees or hired solicitors.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
Developed in reference to A Donor Bill of Rights created by the American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)