Donor Privacy Policy
Donor Privacy Policy

Wright-Way Rescue a leading animal welfare organization in the Midwest dedicated to engaging and serving local and regional communities of people and animals.  Through comprehensive programs and services, WWR provides adoption services to nearly 2000 pets and families a year.

WWR is an independent, nonprofit organization.  WWR does not receive funding from the state of Illinois, or the counties or cities where its facilities are located.  Every dollar raised comes through earned revenue (adoption and program fees, retail sales, and training classes), donations, bequests and special events. 

Contributions from individual donors, corporations and foundations make up approximately 10% of Wright-Way Rescue's base of support and our relationship with our contributors is the highest expression of our mutual commitment to the mission of engaging the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals. 

WWR respects the privacy of its donors and has put in place a Donor Privacy Policy to honor these rights. 

Donor Information
WWR 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.

Adopter Information
WWR does not sell, rent, trade or share its adopter list with any organization. Wright-Way Rescue does provide an adopter's information to 24 Hour Pet Watch as a means to sign new adopters up for their free gift of pet insurance.

List Sharing
WWR does not sell, rent, trade or share its donor list with any other organization.  WWR never sends out mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Discontinuing Contact Upon Request
It is the policy of WWR to communicate with donors according to their expressed preferences whenever possible.  WWR 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.

This policy does not prohibit contact by an individual or group voluntarily soliciting on behalf of WWR, even if the person being contacted has requested to be placed on the "do not contact list."

Any email newsletters and updates sent out are accompanied by a written explanation of how to easily remove oneself from future mailings. Should a donor need assistance with this, WWR would be happy to help ensure this request is completed.

Donor Bill Of Rights
WWR subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights, which 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.

The 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.

III. 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 acknowledgement 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, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

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.