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Nonprofit Ethics Scenarios

All of the nonprofit ethics scenarios are from the book, "Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations: Theory and Practice." All of these scenarios are fictional, although some are based on actual cases that the author experienced either firsthand or secondhand. Many that have their origins in actual events have been exaggerated beyond recognition. All have been disguised beyond recognition. Almost all of these scenarios, whether they occurred or not, could have plausibly occurred in a nonprofit organization. The author believes that a discussion of these scenarios will improve the ability of our future nonprofit leadership to navigate through many common ethical challenges they could face in the future.

This is an index to the case scenarios included in the book, "Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations: Theory and Practice" authored by Gary M. Grobman and published by White Hat Communications more »

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This ethics scenario looks at whether it is unethical not to report a colleague at a nonprofit organization who appears to be stealing supplies from the organization. more »

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This ethics scenario looks at whether it is ethics for an employee of a nonprofit organization to use an organizational vehicle for personal use. more »

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This ethics scenario focuses on a nonprofit organization staff member who justifies charging the organization for some expenses of having her family accompany her to a professional conference. more »

This ethics scenario deals with a case of a nonprofit organization CEO who hires his son as the assistant director, and is grooming him to be the CEO when he retires. more »

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This ethics scenario looks at the case of a board member who advocates for the addition of a particular service, and then is asked, and agrees, to engage in a for-profit/nonprofit partnership to help provide that service. more »

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This ethics scenario looks at a situation where a conference planner considers whether to suggest that a conference center where her brother is Director of Sales be chosen as the site for an upcoming organization conference. more »

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This ethics scenario looks at the case of a nonprofit organization staff member who uses the organization's photocopy machine to make a handful of personal copies for use at a meeting of another nonprofit organization. more »

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This ethics scenario looks at whether it is ethical to download interesting articles from the Internet and publish them in an organization's free online newsletter without first obtaining permission. more »

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This ethics scenario considers whether it is ethical for a staff member who is tasked with developing a personnel policy for an organization downloads an existing policy she finds on the Internet of another organization and customizes it. more »

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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 the ethics of an executive director firing a staff member because a personal friend of the director is new in town and is looking for a job. more »

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This scenario deals with a day care CEO who discovers that a staff member is stealing and using the federally controlled medications intended for clients, and agrees to cover up the incident after the perpetrator threatens suicide if she is fired. more »

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This ethics scenario deals with an executive director who discovers that an otherwise competent senior staffer lied on his résumé, and summarily fires him. more »

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In this case, an executive director covers up a sexual harassment allegation and accepts the resignation of the alleged perpetrator with severance pay and a letter of recommendation to avoid the messiness of having to take formal action against him. 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 a situation where the CEO of a nonprofit organization is requesting a personal loan from the organization to keep him from resigning. 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 deals with a nonprofit organization manager who has a staff member who confesses that she agreed to take the fall for a DUI when it was really her boyfriend who was driving the vehicle. more »

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