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About the Museum: Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a strong tradition of giving that characterizes Americans and that allows non-profit organizations like the Texas Forestry Museum to do their work in enhancing the quality of life.

To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust it deserves, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the Texas Forestry Museum, the Museum declares 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 organization's most recent 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 donations 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 feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive a prompt, truthful and forthright answer.