Fighting Blindness is dedicated to treating everyone involved in our work with the utmost respect, honesty and openness.
Our Donor Charter was developed in line with the Guiding Principles of Fundraising to show our commitment to being accountable and transparent so that all our supporters have full confidence in the work of Fighting Blindness.
We commit that you, our donors and prospective donors will have the following rights:
- To be informed of our mission, and the way we intend to use donated resources.
- To receive information about the research projects and outreach campaigns your gifts help to support.
- To be informed of those serving on the Board of Directors, and that the Board will exercise prudent judgement in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to our most recent financial statements through our website or by request to our office.
- To be assured your gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given. If for any reason a donation designated for a specific project cannot be applied, alternative uses for restricted donations will be discussed with the donor or the donor’s representative.
- To be assured that where applicable, tax relief on donations will be claimed.
- To receive prompt acknowledgment of your gift, unless otherwise advised.
- To be assured that information about your donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- To expect that all relationships with individuals representing the charity will be dealt with professionally.
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organisation or hired third party agents.
- To have easily available the agreed procedures for making and responding to complaints.
- To have the opportunity for any names to be deleted from mailing lists.
- To be assured that mailing lists will never be sold to third parties.
- To receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers to any questions you may have about Fighting Blindness.
Commitment to the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising
Fighting Blindness is committed to achieving the standards contained in the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising, which was drawn up in the context of the Charities Bill 2007 (now the Charities Act 2009).
The Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising is a guide to best practice, developed by a steering group in response to the Charities Bill 2007. It is a voluntary statement of intent that we, Fighting Blindness fully intend to follow. You can find more information on the ICTR website by clicking here.