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 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 audited financial statements and/or IRS 990.

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.

(c) 2011, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), all rights reserved.  Reprinted with permission from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Mission of Mercy is pleased to announce that we have earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most-utilized charity evaluator in the United States. A four-star rating is the highest possible rating a charity can receive. The rating is based on an organization’s financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. To earn this rating, an organization is scored rigorously on multiple metrics:

  • Four metrics related to Financial Efficiency, meaning how well the organization uses the funds it receives.
  • Three metrics related to Financial Capacity, or, how well the organization has sustained its programs and is prepared to sustain them in the future.
  • Seventeen metrics related to Accountability and Transparency, meaning willingness to explain its actions to its stakeholders and to make available critical information about the organization to the public.

Scores include adjustments for the type of charitable work being accomplished, since different types of organizations have varying levels of overhead and fundraising costs. As such, Mission of Mercy is compared to other organizations providing basic needs, humanitarian relief or healthcare.

Charity Navigator states “Our ratings show givers how efficiently we believe a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time, and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information.” Organizations do not apply to be ranked—Charity Navigator evaluates charities based on publicly available information.

A top rating from Charity Navigator is a vote of confidence for Mission of Mercy. It means donors can trust that their contributions will be used efficiently and effectively. It means Mission of Mercy is committed to sharing important information with our donors.


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