Organizational Transparency

Information about how we use the donations we receive

Restricted Donation Operational Support:

If the donation is restricted to a certain project, 10% of the gift will be used to support the operations of the organization.

Donation Policies:

Donations will be designated as general contributions to be used as leadership of Fort Wayne Trails decides unless restricted to a certain project by the donor. To restrict a donation, please indicate on the memo of the check, on the donation envelope provided by Fort Wayne Trails or include a note of instruction.

Diversity Policy

Fort Wayne Trails Board of Directors is committed to being representative of its community.

For the purpose of this policy, diversity embodies all of those differences that make us unique individuals and includes people of different race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender, religion, age, personal style, appearance, physical ability, nationality, as well as people of diverse opinions, perspectives, lifestyles, ideas and thinking.  We value the differences in views and perspectives and the varied experiences that are part of a diverse membership.  Diversity enriches and broadens our membership, which in turn leads to more creative and meaningful programs.

Fort Wayne Trails does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or ethnic origin in administration of its policies, programs and practices.

In developing the Board of Directors, board members will be recruited first and foremost for their commitment to advancing the mission of Fort Wayne Trails.  The organization will undertake a strategic and systematic approach to involving individuals from diverse racial/ethnic groups, ages, physical abilities, nationality, religions and interests by supporting opportunities for community engagement throughout programs, development and outreach.

Fort Wayne Trails will communicate its diversity policy by posting the policy on the Trails website.

Whenever openings occur, the Governance Committee will review the current composition of the Board of Directors and will make a diligent effort to nominate or seek nominations for new board members who will enhance the Board’s diverse perspectives.

Donor Bill Of Rights

Fort Wayne Trails donor bill of rights listDonor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to one’s quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public and that donors and prospective donors can have fun confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

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 more recent financial statements.

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

5. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.

6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and confidentiality to the extent provided by the 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 that an organization may intend to share.

10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt,                                                                                                                                                           truthful, and forthright answers