Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy & Donor Bill of Rights

Privacy and personal information security is very important to us, and the Beaver County Humane Society fully respects the privacy of our adopters, donors and volunteers. BCHS collects personal information from our donors to properly acknowledge gifts, enable donation transaction processing and send future correspondence. BCHS also provides the option to make an anonymous donation. BCHS does not sell, trade or share any donor information to any outside agencies, nor does it send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. 

Anyone that participates in our adoption, education, behavior courses or other services or attends one of our events will be placed on our mailing list to be kept abreast of activities and ways to continue supporting the BCHS.

This applies to all information received by BCHS, both online and offline, on any platform including the BCHS website, social media and mobile applications, as well as any electronic, written or oral communications. To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.

Donor Information

BCHS collects and maintains the following types of donor information when it is voluntarily provided to us:

•Contact information such as name, address, telephone number and e-mail address

•Giving information

•Information on events attended, publications received and special requests for program information

•Information provided by the donor in the form of comments and suggestions

This confidential information is kept on file for IRS purposes. It is also used to analyze overall giving patterns in order to make more accurate budget projections, as well as to understand donors’ interests in our mission and to update them on the organization’s plans and activities. This information is shared with staff, board members, volunteers and consultants only on a confidential and need-to-know basis.

Discontinuing Contact upon Request

It is the policy of BCHS to communicate with donors according to their expressed preferences whenever possible. BCHS will discontinue or change the method used to contact any person upon that person’s oral or written request directed to the organization, its professional fundraiser, or other agent.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our commitment to protecting our donors’ personal information, please contact us at contact@beavercountyhumanesociety.org or by writing to:

Beaver County Humane Society

Attn: Development Office

3394 Brodhead Road

Aliquippa, PA 15001

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 ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit 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.

Ill. 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 acknowledgment 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 or employees of the organization.

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.

[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].