Donor Resources

Thousands of Heartland neighbors are still experiencing unforeseen financial adversity and food insecurity due to the lingering effects of the pandemic. We have a social and fiscal responsibility to support our neighbors in need. And with your continued generosity—we are doing just that. Every day, we are filling hearts with hope and tables with nutritious food, breaking the vicious cycle of food insecurity, one donation at a time.

give with confidence

Charity Navigator—an organization which evaluates a nonprofit’s financial health—has given Food Bank for the Heartland a 4-star rating. This rating means we’ve taken the necessary steps to lead with accountability, integrity, and transparency. Give with confidence knowing your donations go directly back into our communities to help the 1 in 11 people—with 1 in 9 being children—who are considered food insecure. Thank you for trusting us with your time, treasures, and talents. Your support means so much to us and those we serve.

donor 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 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 have these rights:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donors will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share. (Food Bank for the Heartland does not sell or trade its donors’ personal information. The Food Bank will periodically use a third party to communicate only with its donors.)
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.

For additional information, including our annual reports, financial audits, and 990 forms, click here.