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Thank You, Donors!

 

A single gift can make a big difference

Your gift to James Madison can make a difference in the lives of students. View video

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The Madison Project, one of JMU's finest a cappella groups, sings thanks to JMU's gracious donors. View video.

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It's more than a building - watch three students thank Forbes Center donors for their support of the arts at JMU. View video.

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Assistant Dean of the College of Education Maggie Kyger discusses the importance of private giving. View video.

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Daniel Morgan ('10) turned a class assignment into a project that changed lives in Uganda. View video.

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Dean of the College of Visual & Performing Arts George Sparks shares his thanks to donors. View video.

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Click here to view the 2010 Stewardship Luncheon (formerly the Scholarship & Endowment Luncheon).



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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).