Our Promise to Donors

Abingdon School believes that fundraising from the School's core community (parents, alumni, staff, governors and friends) as well as from companies and grant-making trusts and foundations is absolutely critical to increasing the financial resources needed to achieve the School’s mission. However, in the course of fundraising, Abingdon School promises to donors that:

We will:

  • Fundraise only for purposes that are of strategic importance to our mission
  • Be clear and truthful when stating our need for funds
  • Deploy fundraising strategies in accordance with the Institute of Fundraising’s Code of Fundraising Practice
  • Spend donations prudently
  • Honour all restrictions placed on donations by donors
  • Promptly acknowledge every donation
  • Tell donors how we used their donation
  • Recognise donors appropriately and respect the wishes of those who wish to be anonymous
  • Keep records of donations safe and confidential
  • Adhere to requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998
  • Keep administrative costs as low as practically possible
  • Operate fundraising appeals in a cost-effective manner
  • Report fundraising income and expense accurately in our accounts
  • Listen to and take all reasonable donor suggestions on board
  • Respond promptly to donor questions and complaints

We will not:

  • Deliberately mislead or confuse donors or prospective donors
  • Bombard individuals with excessive requests to donate
  • Pressurise donors or prospective donors to give
  • Accept donations for purposes that don’t advance our mission
  • Accept donations where we identify a potential conflict of interest with the donor
  • Communicate with donors in ways which they tell us are unacceptable
  • Solicit donations from individuals who have asked us no to do so
  • Sell or trade information about donors to third parties
  • Pay commissions or other income-linked payments to fundraisers