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Ethical Fundraising: A Guide for Nonprofit Boards and Fundraisers (AFP Fund Development Series) [Hardcover]

Janice Gow Pettey


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April 4 2008 0470225211 978-0470225219
Ethical Fundraising: A Guide for Nonprofit Boards and Fundraisers is a practical, helpful, and ultimately inspiring resource for nonprofits large and small, young and mature, local and international. The insightful guidance and case studies found within these pages will help you understand how to address specific ethical issues within your nonprofit and leave plenty of food for thought and discussion.

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Ethical Fundraising

A Guide for Nonprofit Boards and Fundraisers

In our cynical post-Enron world, the vital importance of ethics in fundraising has soared to new heights. Without public trust, fundraising can't happen. If people don't believe an organization will use their money appropriately, they simply won't give. And with scrutiny of nonprofits from government, the media, and the public at an all-time high, it's critical that charities not only abide by the highest ethical standards, but also avoid even the appearance of impropriety. Written for practitioners by practitioners, Ethical Fundraisingdeals with the importance of ethics to the fundraising profession and addresses the ethical decisions boards and fundraisers make and the ethical dilemmas they face.

Setting the tone with Bob Payton's thoughtful essay "Ethical Will," written for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Ethics Think Tank in 2005, each subsequent chapter in the book is written by a highly experienced member of theAFP Ethics Committee or senior members of AFP who together present seventeen new cases reviewed and approved by the AFP Ethics Committee.

Focusing on thekey issuesthat all nonprofit leaders, governing boards, fundraisers, and donors need to be aware of, Ethical Fundraising features a wealth of practical tools to help fundraising practitioners, board members, nonprofit leaders, governing boards, fundraisers, and donors implement the concepts, and covers:

  • Conflict of interest from organizational and individual perspectives

  • The rights of donors through the use of the Donor Bill of Rights

  • Privacy

  • Compensation as an ethical dilemma

  • Using donations as intended

  • Honesty and full disclosure

  • Choosing a leadership role

  • A comprehensive overview of ethics from a global perspective

  • The moral framework of philanthropy as a public practice and philanthropic fundraising as a vocation or calling

Ethical Fundraising: A Guide for Nonprofit Boards and Fundraisers is a practical, helpful, and ultimately inspiring resource for nonprofits large and small, young and mature, local and international. The insightful guidance and case studies found within these pages will help fundraising and nonprofit professionals understand how to address specific issues and leave plenty of food for thought and discussion.

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Praise for Ethical Fundraising

"What a timely publication! Here are the luminaries in the field of ethics in fundraising, a topic that all professional fundraisers must engage with in order to build the trust and confidence of the giving public."
—Dr. Sue-Anne Wallace, FAICD, MFIA, CEO, Fundraising Institute Australia, International Observer, AFP's Ethics Committee

"Ethical Fundraising is an invaluable collection of essays based on the rich experience of philanthropic leaders. The book is full of cases, anecdotes, codes, and other hands-on material as well as wise reflections on the central role of ethics in fundraising."
—Michael O'Neill, Professor of Nonprofit Management, University of San Francisco

"A new book on ethics is decidedly welcome. As professionals, we can't ignore the increasing issues and pressures around us when it comes to ethical practice, and this book will not only add to our store of knowledge but will once again spur us to examine our own decisions and behaviors while we promote ethics in the organizations we serve."
—Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE, Faculty, The Fund Raising School

"The case studies alone make this book a valuable contribution to the work of fund-raisers and nonprofit board members. The authors' applications of ethics codes and standards to the case studies offer a bonus. Part Two of the book puts on the table a few of the most vexing challenges the nonprofit sector faces—superb."
—Timothy L. Seiler, Director, Public Service and The Fund Raising School, The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

Practical tools and techniques to incorporate ethical standardsand practices in nonprofit fundraising

Featuring contributions from a host of well-known and respected senior-level fundraising professionals, several of whom are members of theAFP ethics committee, Ethical Fundraising provides clear and concise explanations of common ethical fundraising challenges along with practical case studies to stimulate thought and discussion.

In addition, all royalties for this book will be donated to the AFP Ethics Education Fund.

Essential topics are covered, including:

  • Appearance of impropriety

  • Rights of donors

  • Tainted money

  • Using donations as intended

  • Choosing a leadership role

  • Ethical decision-making

  • Restoring public confidence in the nonprofit sector

  • The ethics of grant making and grant seeking


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5.0 out of 5 stars This book does a pretty exhaustive take on ethics and nonprofit fundraising. Definitely a valuable read for an NPO fundraiser! April 13 2008
By Jeff Lippincott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I liked this book a lot. I can't say I loved it because I'm not in love with the topic. As a licenced attorney and CPA I have had to study ethics as they relate to my two true professions: law and accounting. But I think this book does a wonderful job covering the different aspects of ethics that pop up in the nonprofit sector. Most of which have to do with fundraising. In broad terms the subject of ethics is broken into (1) Ethical Fundraising, and (2) Ethics as a guiding force. And I group the topics of this book as follows:

CODES AND STANDARDS
>>Ethics codes and standards
>>The context and development of international codes and standards
>>Web sites for international fundraising codes of ethics and standards
>>Statement of values and standards for excellence of the Tuscon Symphony Society dba Tucson Symphony Orchestra

NONPROFIT SECTOR
>>Restoring public confidence in the nonprofit sector
>>Regulation in the nonprofit sector
>>Between the real and the ideal: A meditation on the future of ethical reflections for philanthropic fundraisers

FUNDRAISER ETHICS
>>Honesty and full disclosure
>>Ethical decision making
>>The appearance of impropriety
>>Tainted money
>>Compensation
>>Ethical considerations of making The Ask
>>Choosing a leadership role

NONPROFIT ETHICS
>>Using donations as intended

DONOR RIGHTS
>>Rights of donors
>>Public privacy: An exploration of issues of privacy and fundraising

GRANTS
>>Both sides now: The ethics of grantmaking and grantseeking
>>Ethical relationships between grantees and funders

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is going to be responsible for the fundraising function at any NPO. This book was well researched, planned, outlined, and written. 5 stars!
5.0 out of 5 stars On high ground Oct. 6 2009
By D. C. Dreger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Every organization needs to plant its flag of honor on high ground. In today's marketplace, non-profit organizations must demonstrate trustworthy behavior and transparency in every aspect of governance and administration. This book, a compilation by members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Ethics Committee organized and edited by Janice Gow Petty, outlines the ethical issues boards and fundraisers must consider daily. A significant problem in the outworking of an ethical system is that many of the issues are murky, defying a clear and present solution. To the rescue comes a series of cases studies, newly created, to help demonstrate standards for the profession. Taken as a whole, this treatment provides a fresh breeze to fly our flags proudly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for more than the CFRE Review Jan. 17 2011
By S. Cory - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book in preparation for the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) Exam. It was informative and a quick read. I would suggest it to non-profit managers.

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