The eDonor Bill of Rights was created to address concerns and challenges arising from internet charitable giving.
Since the creation of the Donor Bill of Rights, the philanthropic landscape has changed dramatically. One critical change has been the growing use of technology to facilitate charitable giving, primarily through the internet. While the internet holds great potential as a charitable giving tool, it also creates new challenges—both for the donor and the charity. Because the internet is a relatively new medium for giving, best practices are still being identified, and many donors and charities are unsure as to their online rights and responsibilities.
The eDonor Bill of Rights is intended to complement the original document and provide further and more detailed guidance for the new world of online giving. In addition to the rights outlined in the Donor Bill of Right, online donors should demand the following of their online solicitors:
To be clearly and immediately informed of the organization’s name, identity, nonprofit or for-profit status, its mission, and purpose when first accessing the organization’s website.
To have easy and clear access to alternative contact information other than through the website or email.
To be assured that all third-party logos, trademarks, trustmarks and other identifying, sponsoring, and/or endorsing symbols displayed on the website are accurate, justified, up-to-date, and clearly explained.
To be informed of whether or not a contribution entitles the donor to a tax deduction, and of all limits on such deduction based on applicable laws.
To be assured that all online transactions and contributions occur through a safe, private, and secure system that protects the donor’s personal information.
To be clearly informed if a contribution goes directly to the intended charity, or is held by or transferred through a third party.
To be clearly informed of opportunities to opt out of electronic communication such as email newsletters.
To never have your information sold to third party data providers.