2020 Ethics: Bright Light of Day or Dirty Little Secret?
Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s ethical, just because its ethical doesn’t mean it’s smart.
Nonprofit organization ethics is headline news. This trend has no signs of stopping, only escalating! Scrutiny comes at the sector from all directions – donors, legislators, regulators, electronic and print media, and every element of the general public. Diversity and inclusion as ethical practices are receiving increased scrutiny, analysis and study. If mega-charities are judged as hiding things, what about the rest of the sector? Is it guilt by association? Can we rise above it?
The foundation of successful philanthropy is trust in, respect for, and confidence in an organization and its leaders, both staff and volunteers. When that is shattered, it may take years or even decades to recover. What can we do to proactively protect our organizations and ourselves as individual professionals? For nearly 60 years, AFP has been the standard-bearer for ethics promoting, advocating and educating professionals. Conversations about tainted donors and tainted money are heating up. Media coverage sparked by me-too, controversial donors, anti-racism and social justice issues have raised many important questions.
Session participants will explore:
- How do you protect your mission and brand, your staff?
- How do you decide if you need to return money? How about stripping naming from buildings or named funds?
- Can an organization be ethical without being diverse or inclusive?
- Should donors be expected to honor and abide by a code of ethics?
Roberta (Robbe) A. Healey, MBA, NHA, ACFRE, Founding Member of Aurora Philanthropic Consulting, has practiced philanthropic fundraising and non-profit organization management for more than forty years. She is an accomplished fund raising generalist with successful track record of establishing and strengthening development offices. More than 150 organizations have benefitted from her fundraising, strategic planning, board development and training services. She Chaired the Board of Directors of AFP Global in 2009-10 and is Immediate Past Chair of the AFP Global Ethics Committee. AFP Global awarded her the 2013 Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership.
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:15 pm
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Cost: Free for AFP Triangle Chapter Members
$25.00 for AFP Triangle Chapter Non-Members