Fundraising Policies and Donor Rights


Fundraising Policies 

 

Donor Rights 

We solicit fund in a respectful manner and without pressure.  If you designate a contributions to a particular program and thus restrict its use, we will honor that designation. Evidence Action is a non-profit 501(c)(3)organization. We issue written tax receipts for all donations. If no goods or services were provided, the tax receipt will state that. If a donor receives anything in exchange for a donation, such as a dinner or event admission, the tax receipt shall clearly state what portion of the donation is tax deductible.

Gift Acceptance

Gifts to Evidence Action may be made in any amount for the benefit of any of its programs. Gifts may be designated for a specific program or purpose, or in lieu of designating a specific purpose; gifts may be unrestricted in which case they will be disbursed to the area of greatest need at the discretion of the CEO of Evidence Action or his/her designee.

1. Gifts of Cash. Evidence Action accepts gifts of cash, checks, money orders and gifts via credit card.

2. Marketable Securities. Evidence Action accepts gifts of publicly traded stocks and bonds.Unless its board of directors grants a specific exemption, Evidence Action will immediately sell all gifts of stock or property. Gifts of stock are valued at the average of the high and low trading prices for the day the stock transfers into the control of Evidence Action. To contribute stock that is held in certificate form, the Evidence Action must be notified in advance and specific instructions will be provided.

3. Stock in privately owned companies or Subchapter S corporations. Evidence action does not currently accept contributions of stock in privately owned companies or Subchapter S corporations.

4. Real Estate and tangible personal property. Evidence action does not currently accept contributions of real estate or other tangible personal property.

5. Substantiation. It is the responsibility of the donor, with advice from his or her professional advisors, to substantiate any tax deductions and to comply with IRS regulations and policies, including the filing of form 8283.


Any information supplied to Evidence Action by donors will be used solely to fulfill their donative intent and shall not be shared for any reason (except where legally required) unless the donor grants permission to share such information. All requests to remain anonymous shall be honored.

Evidence Action does not sell or share its donor lists with third parties with the exception of donors who give to us at the recommendation of GiveWell and who explicitly agree to have their name and email address shared with GiveWell.  

Donors who supply Evidence Action with their postal address or email address may be contacted periodically for education or solicitation purposes and/or with information regarding upcoming events. Donors may request to be permanently removed from Evidence Action mailing list by contacting Evidence Action via email, phone or postal mail. All requests to be removed from Evidence Action mailing list shall be honored.

Additionally, Evidence Action’s donors and prospective donors have the right:

  1. To be informed of Evidence Action’s mission, of the way we intend to use donated resources,and of our capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on Evidence Action’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing Evidence Action of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of EvidenceAction, or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that Evidence Action may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.