Chernobyl Children International Donor Charter for Fundraising
Chernobyl Children International has prepared this Donor Charter to assure donors and potential donors of our commitment to respect, honesty and openness and to show our commitment to the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.
Donors have the right to be assured that their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given. Chernobyl Children International respects the rights of donors to be informed about the causes for which Chernobyl Children International is fundraising; to be informed about how their donation is being used; and to have their names deleted from mailing lists or databases if so requested.
Use of donations
In raising funds, Chernobyl Children International will accurately describe its activities and needs. Chernobyl Children International’s policies and practices ensure that any donations received will be used solely to further Chernobyl Children International’s mission. Where donations are made for a specific purpose, the donor’s request will be honoured. If Chernobyl Children International invites the general public to donate to a specific cause, then Chernobyl Children International will have a plan for handling any shortfall or excess.
Donors have the right to be informed of the status and authority of those soliciting donations; for example, donors will be informed if fundraisers are employees of the organisation or third party agents.
Chernobyl Children International will record and publish in the Annual Report and the Statement of Annual Accounts details of individual gifts, including gifts-in-kind; where Chernobyl Children International judges that those gifts may be construed to have the potential to influence the independence of the organisation’s decision making. While Chernobyl Children International is not obliged to accept anonymous donations, where anonymity is requested by a donor this will be respected if the donation is accepted, however the other details of the gift will be recorded and published (such that anonymity is preserved).
Third party fundraisers
Chernobyl Children International will seek to ensure that any donations sought indirectly, such as through third party agents, are solicited and received in full conformity with Chernobyl Children International’s own standards and practices. This will normally be the subject of written agreement between the parties.
Chernobyl Children International’s fundraising management shall ensure there is a policy for its activities involving volunteers, including the relationship and communications with volunteers and how volunteers are managed.
Fundraising complaints and feedback procedure
Chernobyl Children International has procedures to enable interested parties to notify us of their wishes, comments and complaints about fundraising. These procedures include systems to ensure that all feedback (including especially any complaints) is responded to and addressed within a specified timeframe. Public or donor queries or complaints about fundraising should, in the first instance, be addressed directly to Communications Officer, Fiona Maher: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where Chernobyl Children International’s complaint procedure for fundraising has been exhausted and the response does not satisfy the complainant, the next level of the complaints procedure is directed to the Monitoring Group of the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. All matters of illegality will be addressed immediately to An Garda Síochána.
Chernobyl Children International’s internal financial control procedures ensure that all funds are used effectively and minimise the risk of funds being misused. Chernobyl Children International follows the principles of best practice in financial management. An Annual Report and a Statement of Annual Accounts figures are freely available to the public.
Chernobyl Children International’s human resource policies conform fully to relevant national and international labour regulations. These policies seek to apply best practices in terms of employee and volunteer rights and health and safety at work.
Chernobyl Children International is committed to making equality central to our being and doing, through promoting and integrating equality and diversity at every level within our organisation and demonstrating this commitment locally, nationally and globally. Chernobyl Children International adheres to equality legislation and will not tolerate discrimination in any form.
Appointment of external auditor
Chernobyl Children International’s Board of Directors shall appoint an external auditor as appropriate to audit/examine the annual accounts.
For more information please visit http://www.ictr.ie/content/fundraising-codes-practice.