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The NJ Humane Society (NJHS) is an animal welfare organization in West New York, New Jersey, dedicated to protecting and rescuing animals in need. Through comprehensive programs and services, The NJ Humane Society provides resources that compassionately serve all the stages of an animal’s life. NJHS is an independent, nonprofit organization and is not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States or any other national humane group such as the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and it receives no support from them. NJHS does not receive funding from the federal government, the state of New Jersey, or the counties or cities where its facilities are located. Every dollar raised comes through earned revenue (adoption and program fees), donations, bequests and special events. Our relationship with our contributors is the highest expression of our mutual commitment to the mission of engaging the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals. NJHS respects the privacy of its donors and has put in place a Donor Privacy Policy to honor these rights.  

Donor information

NJHS collects and maintains the following types of donor information when it is voluntarily provided to us:

  • Contact information such as name, address, telephone number and e-mail address

  • Giving information

  • Information on events attended, publications received and special requests for program information

  • Information provided by the donor in the form of comments and suggestions

This confidential information is kept on file for IRS purposes. It is also used to analyze overall giving patterns in order to make more accurate budget projections, as well as to understand donors’ interests in our mission and to update them on the organization’s plans and activities. This information is shared with staff, board members, volunteers and consultants only on a confidential and need-to-know basis and is NOT used for ANY other purpose.

List sharing

NJ Humane Society does NOT sell, rent, trade or share its donor list with any other organization. NJHS never sends out mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Discontinuing contact upon request

It is the policy of NJHS to communicate with donors according to their expressed preferences whenever possible. NJHS will discontinue or change the method used to contact any person upon that person’s oral or written request directed to the organization, its professional fundraiser, or other agent.

Donor Bill of Rights

NJHS subscribes to the following Donor Bill of Rights items, which 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.

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 ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. 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.

II. 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.

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

IV. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

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

VI. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

VIII.To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

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

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