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 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:

We believe our donors deserve to know how we operate.  We PROMISE to provide the following commitments.


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


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


To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.


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


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


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


To receive appropriate acknowledgement
and recognition.


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

Gifts to the Medical, Educational and Development (MED) Foundation should be mailed to:

The MED Foundation of Mercer Health
800 W. Main St.
Coldwater, Ohio  45822

For more information please contact Deb Hemmelgarn, Director of MED Foundation at dhemmelgarn@mercer-health.com or 419-678-5679.

For financial or legal advice, please consult your financial advisor or attorney.