Development Policy

Funds are raised through the Development and Community Relations Office and related committees and through other resources to support non-reimbursable services and services for those without resources for care.  Development efforts are governed by the following:

  1. Hospice & Community Care will sponsor or closely ally itself only with those development activities that are compatible with its mission and values and which reflect the best interests of its constituents and the organization.
  2. Hospice & Community Care reserves the right to reject participation in any development activity in which Hospice is used to substantially benefit another organization with no significant benefit to itself. Final decisions on the acceptability of questionable development activities will be the responsibility of the Vice President, Development & Community Relations.
  3. Hospice & Community Care reserves the right to refuse to allow its name to be used in promotional or fund raising activities that may not be in the best interests of the organization.
  4. The Development & Community Relations Committee may reject in kind gifts that do not serve the purpose or are not in the best interests of the organization.
  5. Solicitation of funds by outside sources on behalf of Hospice & Community Care, or special events conducted by other organizations are reviewed and authorized by the Vice President, Development & Community Relations in accordance with Special Event guidelines established by the Development and Community Relations Office.  The Vice President, Development & Community Relations, in conjunction with the President and Chief Executive Officer, will review any activity not meeting these guidelines.
  6. The mailing lists of Hospice & Community Care, Founded as Hospice of Lancaster County are not made available or distributed to outside sources.


Donor Bill of Rights

The organization subscribes and adheres to the following statements excerpted from the document “A Donor Bill of Rights” developed by American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE) and endorsed by National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC), National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG), National Council for Resource Development (NCRD) and United Way of America and issued in 1993.  Donors have the right:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists upon requests.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.