Commitment to Donor Ethics and Privacy

CoDev’s Commitment

Tax Receipts: CoDev is a registered charitable organization (BN#130153463RR0001). A charitable tax receipt will be issued for all donations of $25 and over or upon request. Monthly donors will receive an annual tax receipt for the total of their contributions. Please note that a tax receipt is not issued for membership fees.

CoDev’s Commitment to Ethical Fundraising: CoDev is committed to being an ethical fundraiser, adhering to the highest standards. CoDev adheres to the Canadian Council for International Cooperation Code of Ethics as well as the Donor Bill of Rights (see below).

CoDev’s Privacy Commitment: CoDev may use your personal information to send you newsletters, meeting notices, urgent actions, membership renewals, donation requests, official receipts, notice of elections to the Board of Directors and other information related to the goals of the organization. If you do not want to be contacted or receive mail or emails from CoDev, please check the appropriate box on the donation form.

CoDev’s Exchange Policy: To build up our supporter and donor list, we occasionally exchange our donor list with other progressive like-minded organizations. If you do not want your personal information to be exchanged with other organizations, please check the appropriate box on the donation form.

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:

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.

The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).