Ethics For Fundraisers

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"The book will equip nonprofit staff and volunteers, professionals, and grantmakers with frameworks for understanding and taking principled action and preventing bad behavior." —The Fund Raising Professional

"This book displays a rare combination of philosophical sophistication and practical savvy that will distinguish it in the arenas of fundraising and nonprofit management. It is a thought-provoking analysis of the ethics of nonprofit administration."—Kenneth E. Goodpaster, Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics, University of St. Thomas

"[Anderson’s] thoughtful, timely, and welcome new study brings to serious practitioners a much needed and clear set of ethical principles." —James P. Shannon, Council on Foundations

"The book has the potential to become the basic primer in ethics for professional fund raisers." —National Society of Fund Raising Executives Research Prize Jury

Indiana University Press

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Meet the Author

ALBERT ANDERSON has more than 25 years of experience at executive levels of management and development in private and public higher education. He has served as consultant to many nonprofit and governmental organizations, most recently as Vice President for Planning/Administration at the University of Minnesota Foundation. He is currently interim President of College Misericordia.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Author’s Introduction
Chapter 1: A Question of Responsibility
• On Drawing Lines
• Responsible Action
• A Matter of Character
• The Governing Motive
• A Case of Charitable Intent
• The Classic Philanthropist
• The Stewardship Tradition
• The Responsible Nonprofit

Chapter 2: A Matter of Principle
• The Art of Knowing Right from Wrong
• Moral Promptings
• The Place of Respect
• Conflict and Choice
• Self-examination
• Self-worth
• The Centrality of Trust
• Acting on Principle
• Ethical Adequacy
• Two Kinds of Ethical Decision-making
• Summing Up

Chapter 3: Issues of Consequence and Intention
• Of Consequence and Intention
• Practical Issues
• Matters of Abuse
• Misusing Donor Funds
• Divulging Donor/Prospect Information
• Intruding on Private Affairs
• Exploiting Relationships
• Displacing Charitable Motives
• Conflicting or Competing Interests
• Negligent Security
• Altering or Destroying Records
• Questionable Charges or Expense for Services
• Gagging or Mistreating the Whistle-blower

Chapter 4: Principled Action
• A Choice of Frameworks
• Principles of Ethics in Philanthropy
• Spheres of Ethical Influence
• Applying the Principles and Rules
• The Hospice of Pine Elbow: A Case Study

Chapter 5: A Practitioner’s Code of Ethics
• Codes and Conflicts of Interest
• The Problem with Codes
• Habits of an Ethical Organization
• Ethical Leadership
• The Elements of a Code
• About Corporate Responsibility
• A Guide to Code Development
• The Case for Doing the Right Thing


• Selected Current Organizational, Corporate and Nonprofit Codes


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