Donor Bill of Rights
Our Promise to You
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is central to our 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:
- 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 acknowledgment and recognition.
- To be assured that information about their donations 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.
The text of this statement in its entirety was developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Our Commitment to Your Privacy
The UW-Superior Foundation and Alumni Association is committed to building positive, high-trust relationships with its contributors, prospective contributors and/or members; providing performance excellence; and operating with the highest ethical standards.
We adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights policy developed by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, and the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.
The UW-Superior Foundation is bound to protect the confidentiality of private, non-public contributor and member information. Respect for our contributors’ and members’ right to privacy is a basic standard of integrity for all Foundation activities.
The University Advancement Office, an administrative arm of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, oversees the content and activity on the Give to UW-Superior website. When you visit this website, you remain anonymous. We do not require you to provide any personal information to view our site. University Advancement, at times, may track traffic on its website and gather non-personally-identifiable information to evaluate how well the pages are reaching and serving the needs of visitors. This information may be shared within the member/board structure of the UW-Superior Foundation. University Advancement does not sell or distribute any of this general data, nor does the Foundation sell or distribute any contributor or prospective contributor information to individuals or organizations outside the University.
You may encounter occasions when you are asked to provide information through our website. This is done to better serve you; for example, it could help fulfill your request for printed material. Making a gift online also requires the submission of personal data. To ensure privacy, we have enlisted expert technical assistance in designing the information gathering forms and obtained a VeriSign certificate for assured confidentiality of credit card information. Combined, these two steps ensure that your information goes directly to a Foundation associate as appropriate without external interference.
University Advancement may disclose user information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) the Foundation or University’s rights or property or anyone else who could be harmed by such activities. University Advancement may disclose user information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.
If you would like more information about our commitment to privacy, please contact UW-Superior Foundation.
Charitable gifts are generally not refundable. Refunds will be made in the event of a mistake or if the purpose for which the gift is given cannot be fulfilled by the Foundation or Alumni Association. Individuals who receive refunds have the responsibility of correcting any tax filings they have made reflecting the refunded amount.
Refunds of registration fees will be given for cancellations received one week prior to the event. Special circumstances will be taken into consideration. If the individual decides to not attend the event and would like the event cost to become a charitable contribution for tax purposes, the individual must notify the Alumni Association that they will not be attending the event and that they wish to contribute the event cost as a charitable deduction. This notification would need to be made prior to the event, due to catering costs, etc. Please make this notification at least one week prior to any major events. Please call 715-394-8452 with questions or for more information.