I have finally finished my series about ethics and nonprofit fundraising. It should not have taken so long, but things happen. For those of you who don’t know, I am now spending a lot of my time taking care of my aging parents, and they have had some health issues. Things have improved for them lately, so now I am ready to resume my blogging on a more regular basis.
I have found that since I started the series, a lot of people prefer to shy away from the topic of ethics. Many people feel that ethics is a gray area, and then there are a few of us, myself especially, who feel that ethics is a black and white subject. We all know that stealing from our causes is wrong, yet it seems like I read at least one article a week about some nonprofit employee who is indicted for embezzling thousands or millions of dollars from their organization. We know that when a donor designates their gift for a specific purpose, the money must be used for that purpose, yet we hear stories of organizations shifting gifts to other purposes for some reason or another and try to justify their actions when the donor finds out and sues.
I must say that writing this series has been enlightening, and I will probably touch on the topic again in the future, but I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and opinions on other topics. I may also try to incorporate some interviews with other professionals, as well as some philanthropists.
Thanks again for reading and always feel free to comment on my posts. I want to hear from you.