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  • Educating and Engaging the Public

    • Information about the organization’s mission, program activities, finances, board members, and staff should be easily accessible, accurate, and timely (i.e., updated at least annually).
    • Nonprofits should provide a meaningful opportunity for the public to communicate with a representative of the organization.
    • Nonprofits should assure that any educational or advocacy information provided to the media and policy-makers, or distributed broadly, is factually accurate and provides sufficient contextual information to be understood.
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  • Fundraising on Behalf of the Organization

    • Resource development personnel, including both employees and independent consultants, should not be compensated based on a percentage of the amount raised or other commission formula.
    • When using the services of a paid professional fundraising consultant, organizations should only use the services of professional solicitors and fundraising consultants who are properly registered with the appropriate state authorities.
    • Organizations should exercise control over any staff, volunteers, consultants, contractors, other organizations, or businesses that are known to be soliciting contributions on behalf of the organization.
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  • Acceptance of Gifts

    An organization should have policies in place to govern the acceptance and disposition of charitable or in-kind gifts that are received in the course of its regular fundraising activities. These policies should include procedures to determine any limits on individuals or entities from which the organization will accept a gift, the purposes for which donations will be accepted, the type of property which will be accepted, and whether to accept an unusual or unanticipated gift in light of the organization’s mission and organizational capacity.
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  • Donor Relationships and Privacy

    • Nonprofits should respect the donor’s right to determine how their name and contact information is used, including providing opportunities to remain anonymous, request that the organization curtail repeated mailings or telephone solicitations from in-house lists, and have their names removed from any mailing lists which are sold, rented, or exchanged.
    • Nonprofits must honor the known intentions of a donor regarding the use of donated funds.
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  • Fundraising Activities

    • Solicitation and promotional materials should be accurate and truthful and should correctly identify the organization, its mission, and the intended use of the solicited funds.
    • All statements made by the nonprofit in its fundraising appeals about the use of a contribution should be honored.
    • Solicitations should be free from undue influence or excessive pressure, and should be respectful of the needs and interests of the donor or potential donor.
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