Caring Ambassadors Program
Individual Donations Policy
All nonprofit organizations require
funding to achieve their goals. Private
donations from individuals are important sources of funding by which
a non-profit organization achieves its mission. Concerns may arise
that accepting a sizable private donation may give the appearance of
or actually compromise the ethical integrity of an organization. The
establishment of a Board-approved Individual Donations Policy safeguards
against such compromises by clarifying for both potential donors and
the community at large the requisite criteria used by the organization
in soliciting and accepting private donations from individuals.
In general, concerns about potential compromise do not arise with regard
to private donations unless the donation is of substantial value. Thus,
the CAP Individual Donations Policy is applicable only to monetary or
in-kind donations greater than $50,000.
The Caring Ambassadors Program (“CAP”) will gratefully accept
monetary or in-kind donations from any person (“Donor”) that
meets the following eligibility criteria.
Donor is not engaged in business activities that conflict in whole or
in part with the goals of CAP or any of its disease- or condition-specific
Donor has not attempted to manipulate or influence the activities, policies,
mission, and/or goals of CAP or any of its disease- or condition-specific
programs as a condition or his/her donation.
Donor’s donation is unrestricted, i.e., no conditions or requirements
are being proposed by the Donor that must be satisfied by CAP to secure
the donation. This does not preclude a Donor from making a donation
that is earmarked for a specific purpose or program activity.
In addition to the aforementioned eligibility criteria, potential conflicts
of interest will be avoided by adherence to the following requisite criteria
for all private donations from individual Donors.
will not be accepted in exchange for a position on the Board of Directors
of CAP, nor will CAP solicit funds in exchange for a position on the
Board of Directors of CAP.
Board members and persons employed in key staff positions by CAP or any
of its disease- or condition-specific programs may not have a financial
relationship with a potential Donor such that their personal financial
interests and the financial interests of CAP or its programs may be perceived
to be or may actually be in conflict. Serious financial conflicts
of interest as described herein must be resolved before CAP may accept
a donation from an individual donor with which a conflict exists.
will provide any Donor that wishes to donate to the program a copy of
the CAP Individual Donations Policy prior to acceptance of the donation.
will provide a copy of the Individual Donations Policy to any individual
or organization that requests it.
will post its Individual Donations Policy on the official CAP Internet
disease- or condition-specific programs that are part of CAP will adhere
to CAP’s Individual Donations Policy.
Board approval is required for all private donations from individuals >$50,000. While
Board approval is not required prior to acceptance of an individual donation
of $50,000 or less, the program director of a disease- or condition-specific
program or the corporate chair may request Board review of a proposed
donation if he or she is concerned about the propriety of the donation.
and each disease- or condition-specific program will establish and implement
funding development policies that promote well-balanced sources of funding
such that ideally, neither CAP nor any of its programs is primarily funded
by one or two individual sponsors.
the event that CAP or any of its disease- or condition-specific programs
is approached by a Donor to partner on a special project or program,
the CAP Board of Directors must evaluate the request. Such projects
will only be undertaken with majority CAP Board approval.
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