Apraxia Kids Gift Acceptance Policy
The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (Apraxia Kids) solicits and accepts gifts for purposes that will help the organization further and fulfill its mission.
Apraxia Kids is a 501 (C)(3) publicly funded charity whose mission is to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech and communication.
Apraxia Kids urges all prospective donors to seek the assistance of personal legal and financial advisors in matters relating to their gifts, including the resulting tax and estate planning consequences. The following policies and guidelines govern acceptance of gifts made to Apraxia Kids for the benefit of any of its operations, programs or services.
Apraxia Kids adheres to the Donor Bill of Rights. The bill 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).
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- To have access to the organizations most recent audited financial statements.
- To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
- To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
- To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
- To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
Apraxia Kids is committed to highly responsible and ethical organizational standards in conducting our fundraising efforts.
- We prepare and manage comprehensive annual development plans that meet our financial goals.
- To ensure that our fundraising programs promote and support one seamless organization, all entities coordinate and conduct fundraising efforts with full cooperation and disclosure.
- We work to ensure that annual fundraising and administration costs do not exceed 25 percent of total annual expenses.
- We communicate accurately and truthfully about the Organization, our mission and the intended use of solicited funds.
- We respect the rights and wishes of donors, including the intended use of contributions and requests for donor anonymity.
- We have written policies governing the acceptance and disposition of charitable gifts.
- We have policies to govern staff, volunteers, consultants, contractors, businesses, and other organizations that solicit contributions on behalf of the Association.