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Donations to the Lloyd Center are an important source of revenue, and are key to the
Lloyd Center’s ability to continue its key role in environmental education and research in southeastern Massachusetts, and engaging the interest of over 15,000 children annually.
Many people make outright gifts of cash or securities to charitable organizations every day. The organization gains immediate use of their gift and the donor realizes immediate income tax savings. Typically, donors give to make a difference, leave a legacy or to leverage other’s gifts. Gifts of all sizes are important, and what better way to support the people or organization that you believe in? Charitable giving is not only for the wealthy!
The 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 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 receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
5. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
6. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
7. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
8. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
9. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.