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 assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors to the Des Moines Art Center (Art Center) have these rights:


To be informed of the Art Center’s mission, of the way the Art Center intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.


To be informed of the identity of those serving on the Art Center’s Board of Trustees, and to expect the Board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.


To have access to the Art Center’s most recent financial statements.


To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.


To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition. The Art Center strives to send receipt within one week of receiving gift.


To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.


To expect that all relationships with individuals representing the Art Center and any other organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.


To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors. The Des Moines Art Center is proud to have a full development department that includes the Director of Development, Senior Manager of Membership and Development, Grants Manager, Membership and Development Database Administrator, and Gala and Development Events Manager. Additionally, a Development Committee which is comprised of members of the Board of Trustees and other volunteer community members assists with providing ideas and support of the Art Center’s development team.


To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share. *Please note: The Art Center currently does not share mailing lists with any other organizations without consent of the donor –
and only in rare occurrences specific to collaborative events.


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.