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Read about sixteen ethical issues that are of particular interest in fundraising, in an excerpt from A Practical Guide to Ethics in Your Nonprofit Organization by Gary M. Grobman. more

Nonprofit Ethics

This case is about an executive director who approaches her board with a partnership proposal that raises ethical concerns of the board's members. more

Nonprofit Ethics

This scenario looks at a case of an executive director whosecretly diverts funds temporarily from a restricted grant to other purposes when he feels it is necessary to do so to maintain the mission of the organization. more

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This ethics scenario looks at a development officer of a college who schedules a discretionary work-related trip to coincide with a personal trip to have the organization cover travel expenses. more

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This ethics scenario looks at an organization's board president who seeks to overturn a contract between the organization and a for-profit fundraiser because he feels the for-profit is benefiting much more than the charity and those it serves. more

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This ethics scenario is about a founder of a nonprofit who requires board members to make contributions and loans to the startup organization as a condition for serving on the board. more

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This ethics scenario considers whether it is ethical for a college to accept a major gift from a convicted felon. more

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This ethics scenario looks at a proposal by a for-profit fundraiser to charge a fundraising fee equal to 10% of the amount raised other than out-of-pocket expenses. more

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This ethics scenario looks at a for-profit/non-profit partnership in which the nonprofit organization solicits for charitable donations of cars, and the for-profit provides a minimal percent of the donation to the organization. more

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This ethics scenario looks at a staff member of a charity who uses the charity's database to identify potential donors to send a fundraising letter to raise funds for another charity with which he is a volunteer. more

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This ethics scenario looks at a development officer who helps a disabled donor sign papers making a major new pledge because she feels without such help, he would be unable to make the donation either then or at any time in the future. more

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This ethics scenario looks at the ethics of a board chairman unilaterally modifying the terms of a contract with a for-profit provider to permit that provider to pay fundraisers based on the amount they raise, a provision strongly opposed by staff. more

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This ethics scenario looks at whether it is ethical for a college fundraiser to accept use of a vacation home from a wealthy donor and alumnus, whom she befriends over the years of soliciting him for donations. more

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This ethics scenario looks at a fundraiser for a university who is asked about the status of the application for admission of a relative of a major donor, and decides to try to influence the admission decision to promote future donations. more

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This ethics scenario looks at the ethics of using prospect research data that uncovers a criminal background of a wealthy, prominent donor to leverage increased donations from that donor. more

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This ethics scenario focuses on an individual who purposely names her new charity similar to an established organization in hopes of increasing donations. more

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This ethics scenario considers the case where a major donor to a capital campaign conditions the donation on naming the building after him and his wife. more

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This ethics scenario considers whether it is ethical for a development officer for a nonprofit organization to reward his staff with incentives to close major gifts, including providing all-expenses-paid Superbowl trips. more

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This ethics scenario looks at whether it is ethical for a CEO to fire a fundraiser who engages in ethical fundraising and replace him with someone whose tactics may not be so ethical, but who is likely to achieve higher results. more

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This ethics scenario considers whether it is ethical to continue to aggressively fundraise when the nonprofit organization has enough assets to cover all of its expenses in the foreseeable future. more

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