The Harper College Educational Foundation is the official office for receiving, investing and stewarding contributions for the financial benefit and support of the College.

Be alert for individuals or organizations who seek to solicit funds using the Harper College name or identity or that of any of its departments, services or affiliations.

If you receive a solicitation in person, by phone, via mail, email or any other channel, and are unsure of its authenticity or have any questions, contact the Harper College Educational Foundation at 847.925.6490 or foundation@harpercollege.edu.

The Harper College Educational Foundation adheres to the Donor Bill of Rights as created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Council for Advancement and support of Education (CASE). 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, the Foundation declares that all donors have these rights:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that the organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Donor Bill of Rights, ©2011, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Harper College Educational Foundation (HCEF) is committed to operating in an environment of openness and accountability. This policy sets out the practices of the Foundation regarding disclosure and procedure for requesting of information. Furthermore, the policy describes the extent and nature of those materials which will be made available to the public. As an organization devoted to serving the fundraising needs of a public community college, the Foundation believes that information held by it should be as open to public inspection as possible, while still respecting the privacy rights of donors, prospective donors and employees, and without compromising the Foundation’s status as a separate private nonprofit organization and its ability to secure and manage donations in support of Harper College.

    This policy reflects the Foundation’s commitment to approaching disclosure of information in an open and fair manner. Information from the Foundation is available upon request by contacting the Foundation at 847-925-6490 or by email at Foundation@harpercollege.edu.
    1. Foundation’s annual information return (IRS Form 990) – up to three years
    2. Foundations tax-exempt status determination letter
    3. Foundation’s articles of incorporations
    1. The Foundation’s By-laws
    2. Organizational chart
    3. Information regarding Foundation employment
    4. Financial information
      1. Audited Financial Statements
      2. Foundation’s annual report information
    5. Policies and Procedures, including
      1. Gift Acceptance Policy
      2. Investment Policy
      3. Disbursement Guidelines for scholarships
      4. Donor Bill of Rights
      5. Guidelines for endowed and current use scholarships
      6. Statement of ethics (CASE)
    6. Contracts between Harper College and Harper College Educational Foundation
    7. Payments between the Foundation and the College
    8. Gift Clubs and recognition procedures
    Confidential information which is not available for public inspection includes the following:
    1. Records received from a donor or prospective donor regarding such donor’s prospective gift or pledge.
    2. Portions of records that discloses a donor or prospective donor’s personal, financial, estate planning or gift planning manners.
    3. Individual employee information other than name, title and salary.
    4. Records containing information about a donor or a prospective donor in regards to the appropriateness of solicitation and dollar amount of the gift or pledge.
    5. Portions of records that identify a prospective donor and that provide information on the appropriateness of the solicitation, the form of the gift or dollar amount requested by the solicitor and the name of the solicitor.
    6. Information relating to fundraising plans and strategies.
    7. Individual student information.
    8. Information relating to trusts and annuities administered by the Foundation.
    9. Other information – to the extent the Foundation received requests for information not accounted for in this Policy, the Foundation will evaluate such requests within a reasonable time and determine whether the information is deemed confidential.
    If an information request requires the retrieval and reproduction of documents. A reasonable per page reproduction fee applies, not to exceed the actual cost to the foundation of satisfying the request. All fees shall be paid by the requesting party to the foundation prior to receipt of requested information.

Approved September 15, 2015

Public Information Policy PDF


Last Updated: 4/1/24