Ethics for Fundraisers

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 ProfessionalThis 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 FoundationsThe book has the potential to become the basic primer in ethics for professional fund raisers." -National Society of Fund Raising Executives Research Prize Jury
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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 12.7mm | 90.72g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253210526
  • 9780253210524

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Invoking a variety of classical and contemporary models, Albert Anderson examines what it means to think and act ethically. Proceeding from the views of Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill-who created perhaps the two most influential, albeit competing, ethical frameworks-Anderson poses the choice between what we understand to be our moral duty and what will likely result in the greatest good for the majority. He applies these notions to a wide range of situations familiar to nonprofit development officers, volunteer, and organizations. His goal is to help readers rethink decision-making and the principles that guide their decisions.
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About Albert Anderson

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.
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Table of contents

Author's IntroductionChapter 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 NonprofitChapter 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 UpChapter 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-blowerChapter 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 StudyChapter 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 ThingAppendices* Selected Current Organizational, Corporate and Nonprofit CodesIndex
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