Donation Policies

CONTACT INFORMATION

For questions or concerns, please contact DPPU directly at (801) 528-6510 or contact@dpputah.org. 

Alternatively, any questions can also be made to the President of our Board of Directors Turner C. Bitton at turner@dpputah.org or (801) 564-3860. 

DONOR INFORMATION

The Drug Policy Project of Utah (hereafter DPPU) collects and maintains the following 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.

LIST SHARING

DPPU does not sell, rent, trade or share its donor list with any other organization and we never send out mailings on behalf of other organizations. 

DISCONTINUING CONTACT UPON REQUEST

It is our policy to communicate with donors according to their expressed preferences whenever possible. We 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.

We shall maintain a record of all requests by persons who indicate to that they do not wish to be contacted.

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

Upon a person's (or a person's authorized representative's) request that we discontinue further contacts, the person's name and address will be promptly modified in our donor database to ensure that no further contact is made with the person. We will also take steps to ensure that no further contact is made with the individual and that the person's name is removed from any external databases or records under our control.

Permanent Record: We will maintain an electronic record of all requests for discontinuance of contacts, effective with the adoption of this policy by our Board of Directors. Oral requests will be noted in writing by our staff and then permanently recorded in the electronic donor database. We will maintain the records of persons who have made such a request to the extent necessary for legal or liability purposes.

DONOR BILL OF RIGHTS

DPPU 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.

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 the donor’s 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.

REFUND POLICY

If you have made an error in making your donation or change your mind about contributing to DPPU, we will honor your request for a refund made within 5 business days of your donation.

To request a refund, call (801) 528-6510. Refunds are returned using the original method of payment. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card.

GIFT ACCEPTANCE POLICY

Acceptance of any contribution, gift or grant is at the discretion of DPPU. DPPU will not accept any gift unless it can be used or expended consistently with the purpose and mission of DPPU.

No irrevocable gift, whether outright or life-income in character, will be accepted if under any reasonable set of circumstances the gift would jeopardize the donor’s financial security.

The DPPU will refrain from providing advice about the tax or other treatment of gifts and will encourage donors to seek guidance from their own professional advisors to assist them in the process of making their.

DPPU will accept donations of cash and in-kind services at the discretion of the Board of Directors of DPPU. 

DPPU will provide acknowledgments to donors meeting IRS substantiation requirements for property received by the charity as a gift. However, except for gifts of cash and publicly traded securities, no value shall be ascribed to any receipt or other form of substantiation of a gift received by DPPU.

DPPU will respect the intent of the donor relating to gifts for restricted purposes and those relating to the desire to remain anonymous. With respect to anonymous gifts, the DPPU will restrict information about the donor to only those staff members with a need to know.

DPPU will not compensate, whether through commissions, finders’ fees, or other means, any third party for directing a gift or a donor to the DPPU. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

For questions or concerns, please contact DPPU directly at (801) 528-6510 or contact@dpputah.org. 

Alternatively, any grievances can be made to the President of our Board of Directors Turner C. Bitton at turner@dpputah.org or (801) 564-3860.