Donor privacy policy and Bill of Rights

The rights and privacy of our donors are very important to us. Read on to learn about how we ensure your protection.

Donor Privacy Policy

The NAU Foundation adheres to the Donor Bill of Rights, a document created by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the American Association of Fundraising Professionals. As a donor or prospective donor, you have the right to be informed, ask questions, and be assured that your information is handled with respect and confidentiality.

We respect the privacy of our donors and are committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in all fundraising efforts. We do not sell or give information about our donors to anyone outside of Northern Arizona University.

To publicly recognize and thank donors for their generosity, we publish an annual Report to Donors that includes a list of donor names in qualifying giving society levels. If you wish to remain anonymous for this publication, contact us at 928-523-2036.

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

I. 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

II. 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

III. to have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements

IV. to have assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given

V. to receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition

VI. to be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law

VII. to expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature

VIII. to be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors

IX. to have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share

X. to feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers