Ethical Principles and Donor Bill of Rights

Our commitment to transparency, integrity, and responsible stewardship is unwavering. We take great pride in upholding the highest standards of philanthropic practice. In line with this dedication, our Board of Directors has formally embraced the Donor Bill of Rights, ensuring that every donor is accorded the utmost respect and recognition. We firmly believe in the principles outlined by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in safeguarding the rights of donors and honoring their philanthropic intentions.

Furthermore, we also embrace the Ethical Principles set forth by the Council on Foundations, reinforcing our mission to serve the Outer Banks community with utmost accountability and prudence:

The Council on Foundations promotes the highest standards of ethical behavior. In recognition of the importance of philanthropy to advance the greater good and support those we serve, we aspire to consistently:

Practice our profession with integrity, honesty, and a commitment to maintaining and strengthening public trust in our institutions;

Place philanthropic mission above institutional and personal self-interest;

Understand, apply, and evolve best practices;

Establish and enforce high-integrity operating standards and effective ethical standards in our organizations, including whistleblower policies, codes of conduct, anti-discrimination, and conflict of interest policies;

Operate inclusive and equitable organizations that nurture and grow a diverse community of skilled philanthropic professionals;

Respect the dignity, privacy, believes, and cultures of our varied constituencies–including the people we serve, our employees, donors, and volunteers.

With these ethical frameworks as our guiding pillars, we endeavor to create a positive and lasting impact in all aspects of our service to our community.

To learn more about the Donor Bill of Rights, visit the AFP page (, and for additional insights into the Council on Foundation’s ethical principles, please visit their official page (