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 nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.


Donor Privacy Policy

Sycamore land Trust is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors. Any information supplied to Sycamore by donors will be used solely to fulfill their donation and shall not be shared for any reason unless permission is granted by the donor to share such information. All requests to remain anonymous shall be honored.

Sycamore never sells or shares donor lists. Donors, email subscribers, and other contacts who supply Sycamore with their postal address and/or email address may be contacted by Sycamore staff. All donors have the option to contact us via email, phone, or mail to request to be placed on our “do not solicit” list.

All requests to be removed from Sycamore’s mailing list shall be honored. If you have questions or comments about our donor privacy policy, please email us at


Sycamore’s Financial Accountability

To learn more about Sycamore’s commitment to financial stability and transparency, visit our Financial Information page, where you’ll find links to our IRS form 990s, Annual Impact Reports with financial statements, Land Trust Accreditation, and nonprofit financial ratings by Charity Navigator and GuideStar.


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. Text on this page was copied directly from the Donor Bill of Rights at


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