CODE OF ETHICS
Since its beginning in 1980, an important part of the Association of Development Officer’s mission has been the promotion of high ethical fundraising standards. We encourage the ethical acquisition of needed resources and the honest fulfillment of donor wishes. We encourage all ADO members to embrace the following values when generating philanthropic support:
While striving to act according to the above values, ADO members agree to abide by the following Standards of Professional Practice:
PRESENTATION OF INFORMATION
Members shall not disclose confidential information to unauthorized parties.
Members shall adhere to the principle that all donor and prospect information created by an organization is the property of that organization and shall not be transferred or utilized, except on behalf of that organization.
Members shall, when stating fundraising results, use accurate and generally accepted accounting principles and methods.
Members shall give donors the opportunity to have their names removed from lists that are sold, rented or exchanged with other organizations.
COMPENSATIONMembers shall not accept finder’s fees, commissions or compensation that is based on a percentage of contributions.
Members shall not pay finder’s fees, commissions or compensation that is based on a percentage of contributions, and shall discourage their organizations from making such payments.
Members shall comply with all applicable local, state, federal, civil and criminal laws.
Members shall not engage in activities that conflict with their fiduciary, ethical and legal obligations to their organizations and their constituents.
Members shall not engage in activities that harm the member’s organization, client or profession.
Members shall effectively disclose all potential and actual conflicts of interest.
Members shall not exploit any relationship with a donor, prospect, volunteer or employee for the benefit of the member or the member’s organization.
Members are truthful about their professional experience and qualifications and ability to perform the job.
SOLICITATION AND USE OF PHILANTHROPIC FUNDS
Members shall ensure that all solicitation materials are accurate and correctly reflect the organization’s mission and use of solicited funds.
Members shall ensure that donors receive informed, accurate and ethical advice about the value and tax implications of contributions.
Members shall ensure that contributions are used in accordance with the donor’s intention.
Members shall ensure proper stewardship of philanthropic contributions, including timely reports on the use and management of such funds.
Members shall obtain explicit consent by the donor before altering the conditions of contributions.