As a ministry leader, you know how valuable the confidentiality of your donors is. When they give to the ministry, they are often entrusting you to keep their gift private.
Here at Alliance Defending Freedom, we have a Ministry Friend Bill of Rights. The first item on our list of rights is that we will never “sell, rent, or make available your name or information related to your gifts for non-Alliance Defending Freedom purposes.”
We go to great lengths to protect the confidentiality of those who entrust us with their gifts. We imagine you do too.
What if someone told you that the ministry you lead would have to hand over its major donors’ information to the government? And when you looked into the issue, you found out the government was careless with that donor information. In fact, it had a history of carelessly leaking donor information online – including donors’ addresses.
If the ministry you lead does fundraising in California, you may know that this is not an imagined scenario. All of this has happened – the forced disclosure, and the leaking of names and addresses.
California is not alone in undermining donor privacy. A few other states have similar regulations, and ever more states are looking to begin tracking soon.
The Supreme Court case Thomas More Law Center v. Bonta could have significant implications for ministries and their donors.
Those with views outside of the current cultural orthodoxy are most at risk. Undermining donor privacy could threaten the existence of some ministries and even the physical safety of donors.
When private gifts to ministries become known to the public, the long-term potential impact is not hard to imagine, and may lead to numerous harms:
Government should not be in the business of tracking private donors’ beliefs or which nonprofits they support.
How Americans give to charities and causes – including whether that gift is public, known only to the recipient, or entirely anonymous – should be a private matter that each decides for himself.
By supporting donor privacy, you can defend the rights of your donors and protect your ministry’s future. Your support advances the common good and helps preserve ministries’ ability to share the Gospel.
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