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Donor Rights and Privacy

Donor 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:

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 be 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.

Your Privacy

The AuthoraCare Foundation’s online giving pages are a service provided by Blackbaud, Inc. AuthoraCare contracts with Blackbaud to create web pages that allow us to receive donations online. The AuthoraCare Foundation and Blackbaud are committed to protecting your privacy. Please read further for more details about our privacy policy.

Information Collection

Should you decide to make a donation, you will be asked to provide your name, contact information and credit card billing information. All of this information is encrypted using SSL, an industry standard secure technology. This encryption is designed to prevent the theft or interception of the information you provide. SSL encryption is indicated on your web browser by the display of a lock or key on the browser status bar.

Blackbaud provides the technology to ensure that your donation to AuthoraCare is successful. Blackbaud does not sell, trade, rent or share your information with any entity other than AuthoraCare and the vendor we have selected to process payment transactions, which has its own privacy policy. Blackbaud may use demographic data derived from aggregate donor information, such as the number of donors from a particular locale or the number of donations above a certain giving level.

Email Addresses

This website collects your email address for the sole purpose of sending donation confirmations. Blackbaud will not disclose, sell, trade, rent or otherwise reveal your email address to any entity other than the nonprofit organization that receives your donation, which has its own privacy policy.


In addition to utilizing SSL encryption for all transactions, Blackbaud stores encrypted credit card numbers and passwords, as well as other donor information, on servers that are kept in a physically secure environment with strict policies that minimize staff access to the information contained therein. The security code on your card is only used for credit card processing and is not stored on Blackbaud’s servers.