Donor Relations and Stewardship
The Donor Relations team within the Office of Corporate, Foundation and Donor Relations is charged with fostering relationships between Stonehill College and its donors through events, reports, and activities that recognize the value and impact of gifts to Stonehill.
Donor Relations prepares annual reports that provide timely and accurate information about the use of donor gifts, oversees the scholarship awarding process in accordance with scholarship restrictions, and helps execute signature events at the College that maximize long-term relationships with Stonehill and engage our benefactors in the life of the College.
Signature functions of the Donor Relations Team at Stonehill include:
- Stewardship and Reporting – providing annual endowment, impact and usages reports for endowed funds as well as for individual major gifts to the College. This reporting process includes a robust annual reporting process on our endowed, restricted scholarships. To learn more about creating a lasting legacy at Stonehill through a scholarship, please contact the Office of Advancement.
- Donor Recognition – recognizing annual and leadership giving through donor clubs and societies, including the 1948 Loyalty Society and The President’s Council.
- Donor Engagement – engaging donors by providing them access to students and faculty, offering lasting donor experiences through events and activities that take place on- and off- campus, and coordinating signature events that keep them engaged in the life of the College.
The Donor Bill of Rights
The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations.
Stonehill College values the support of our donors and honors this support by strictly adhering to the Donor Bill of Rights.
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 assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit 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 financial statements.
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.
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.