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Non Profit Organizations

1. It has now become a best practice for the Board of Directors to be responsible for bringing in a substantial part of the budget through fundraising. Do you know of boards that are doing that successfully? What resistance is coming from the Boards to doing their jobs?

2. Part of the responsibility of the Board is to sign a Whistleblower policy, a Statement of Confidentiality, and a Code of Ethics. Either provide samples from your own organization or provide samples from research.

3. To me, ethics is the only thing in the world that is black and white. You can't be ethical at home and be unethical at work. You can't say you value 'not stealing' and take a pen from a company. There is no such thing as "situational ethics"........you may steal to feed a hungry child, but it is still unethical. You can't have it both ways. You are either ethical or you are not. It has been determined by many studies that most people are unethical......they tell little white lies, they grab something that is not theirs, etc.
What do you think? Is there a grey area?

Please include references.

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1. Locally, the charities I know, their boards do not bring in substantial part of the budget through fundraising. The charities have endowments, and get some grants from the government. Some local fundraising events are manned by volunteers. The board members play some administration role but do not directly ask for contribution. I know that some large organizations in the US are bringing in funds successfully. These include the Catholic Medical Mission Board, Operation Blessing International Relief & Development, and Child Fund International. The resistance coming from boards to do their jobs is that the board members had not been raising funds in the past and they do not want to raise funds now, board members feel that the charity investments are enough to finance the activities, and the board members also make significant donations.
The resistance is that some board members only make token gifts every year and this is not ...

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The answer to this problem explains issues related to non-profit organizations. The references related to the answer are also included.

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