Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre Foundation - Your donations making a difference in the lives of children and youth

Code of Ethical Principles & Standards and Donor Bill of Rights

The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre Foundation (OCTCF) exists to support programs and services of the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (OCTC), which assist children and youth with physical disabilities and associated developmental and learning difficulties.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) exists to foster the development and growth of fundraising professionals and the profession, to promote high ethical standards in the fundraising profession and to preserve and enhance philanthropy and volunteerism.

As a standing member of the AFP, the OCTCF believes that philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good and that it is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to quality of life.

To assure that philanthropy merits respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the OCTCF, we declare that all donors are entitled to the following rights:

  1. To receive solicitation materials that are accurate and that correctly reflect the OCTCF's mission and use of solicited funds;
  2. To receive accurate and ethical advice about the value and tax implications of potential gifts, when such information is requested;
  3. To be assured that all necessary measures will be taken to ensure that designated gifts are used in accordance with donors' intentions;
  4. To be assured that conditions of a designated gift will not be altered unless explicit consent is received from the donor;
  5. To be assured that care will always be taken to ensure proper stewardship of charitable contributions, including preparation of timely reports on the use and management of funds;
  6. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition;
  7. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extend provided by law;
  8. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature;
  9. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors;
  10. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that the OCTCF intends to share;
    The line to be used in future mailings is as follows: "To help raise funds more efficiently, the OCTC Foundation occasionally shares its donor names with other charitable organizations. If you prefer not to have your name shared, please check here."
  11. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Approved by the OCTC Foundation Board: January 17, 2001