We follow the highest ethical standards set by the fundraising profession.
We only serve institutions that have responsible volunteer boards, serve a meaningful role in their fields of service, and operate within the guidelines of applicable state and national statutes. We partner with them when we believe our involvement can make a positive difference.
We serve clients on a fixed-fee basis and not on a percentage basis. To do the latter would create the impression that our earnestness and zeal were for financial gain. The interests of the client always come before our own.
We make no false or misleading claims about our ability to achieve success for our clients, but we do dedicate ourselves wholeheartedly to our work on their behalf.
We help our clients conduct development programs to achieve three key—and related—results:
- To make the donor constituency of your organization more thoroughly familiar with your character, ideals, and objectives.
- To reach the financial objectives.
- To increase goodwill for the organization, which will generate continuing, generous support in future years.
A donor bill of rights
We believe every donor has the right:
- To be kept informed
- To receive honest, accurate, complete financial information
- To know their gifts will be used as they intended
- To have their information kept as confidential as allowed by law
- To be acknowledged and appreciated
- To be approached in an honest, open manner
- To be able to ask questions and receive prompt, honest answers
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Ethics and Standards
LAPA also subscribes to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Code of Ethical Principles and Standards.
In brief, the code requires that AFP members:
- Safeguard the public trust with integrity, honesty, and openness
- Place philanthropic mission above personal gain
- Show concern for everyone affected by their actions
- Avoid all conflicts of interest, misrepresentation, or any activity that does not follow the highest possible ethical standards
- Be responsive, fair, and reasonable
- Guard their clients’ and donors’ information
LAPA is incorporated in the State of New York through the New York State Department of State Division of Corporations and State records under Section 402 of the Business Corporation Law.