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Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) ethical guidelines scenario

Directions: Post briefly the background of each case, your thoughts and insights about each case and how you might manage each situation. Without using names share any real life experiences you may have encountered that are similar to these cases if any.

Case1: Case Study Share and Share Alike

Two small arts organizations each have struggled to generate sufficient public awareness for a community-wide annual fund campaign. The director of development of one organization suggests that if the organizations pool their resources, they can maximize their visibility in the community, minimize their individual costs, and increase their chances for a successful campaign. A. If the two organizations worked from their own donor lists, would this arrangement be acceptable under the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards? 1. Yes 2. No 3. It depends 4. Don't know
Answer: 1. Yes. Two organizations may have a joint campaign and solicit from their own lists as long as each organization has the same clearly defined regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures.

Case Study 2:
The Big Bad Donor
A city hospital desperately needs a critical care wing. The nearest facility is 250 miles away, and patients needing critical care often do not survive the trip. Shortly after the hospital board announces a capital campaign, a local businessperson offers to donate the entire cost of the new wing, provided the hospital names the wing after him. A. Suppose the donor is known as an underworld figure who allegedly makes his money from drug trafficking. Would it be a violation of the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards to accept the money? 1. Yes 2. No 3. It depends 4. Don't know
Answer: 3. It depends; "allegedly" is an important word in the scenario— organizations and individual fundraisers are not judge and jury.

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The director of development of one organization suggests that if the organizations pool their resources, they can maximize their visibility in the community, minimize their individual costs, and increase their chances for a successful campaign.

In this scenario, after reviewing the code of ethics for AFP, I don't believe there exists any discernable reason why the fundraising organizations can't pool their resources together. The caveat to this statement is that they must be transparent and adhere to the same rules and regulations that are required for all fundraising organizations while also disclosing this union between the two with their donors and other proper authorities. If the organization's uphold their obligation to safeguard the public trust and also act in accordance to the highest goals and visions of their organizations, professions, clients and consciences by placing philanthropic mission above personal gain ...

Solution Summary

The solution answers two case studies on fundraising professionals and ethical guidelines.

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