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    Active Obligations of Non-Profit Leaders

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    Make a recommendation to a member of Congress. Imagine that the United States Congress was considering sweeping legislation that would provide intensive regulation of nonprofit fundraising, including the imposition of more filing requirements to the Internal Revenue Service for nonprofits, as well as more active obligations on the part of nonprofit leaders to explain in detail their fundraising strategies, marketing, and fundraising efforts.

    Imagine also that such legislation would provide greater public oversight of the nonprofit fundraising process, but would also burden nonprofits with significant paperwork and accountability requirements.
    Discuss your views on whether or not the federal government should play a much larger role in regulating nonprofits and especially how nonprofits identify donors, collect funds, and spend fundraising dollars.

    For example, there was significant controversy after 9/11 regarding the American Red Cross because they collected fundraising monies and did not use those funds for the victims of 9/11 -- they instead diverted those funds to other projects of the Red Cross.

    Here are four questions to help frame your discussion.

    Do you believe that government has a strong role to play in the regulation of nonprofit fundraising?

    Do you think that states should play a role in regulating nonprofit fundraising?

    Should there be a Sarbanes-Oxley-type legislation regarding nonprofit fundraising?

    If so, what values should guide politicians as they attempt to set up regulatory systems to ensure that nonprofit fundraising is done in an ethical fashion?

    Would stronger regulation of nonprofits have a chilling effect by decreasing contributions to nonprofits and diminishing the willingness of individuals to create nonprofits to address serious public crises and controversies?

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    I hope this helps and gives you more clarity.
    Do you believe that government has a strong role to play in the regulation of nonprofit fundraising?
    For a long time, non-profit organizations have been vigorous, productive and self-sustaining of the government, with the government's regulation being in a situation to be supportive and adversarial at the same time. As a result, I am of the opinion that the government does have a strong role to plat in the regulation of nonprofit fundraising.
    While fundraising research has failed to keep pace with the exponential expansion of non-profits organizations and their fundraising personnel, increased focus needs to be applied into the practice of fundraising and especially, in promoting a practitioner-researcher interaction and to foster the analysis of research findings.
    The core of any profession is the application of ethics within best practices. This can be deemed to be even more important amongst those who are in the business of serving the public via private action. The case of philanthropic fundraising is viable as a result of the trust and faith the actions of non-profit organizations. Trust from the public can be generated through properly understood policies of enforcement and standardization. Instances where applicable laws and government regulation on non-profit organizations occur will usually stem from the violation of ethical conduct especially in the management of non-profit and public monies' handling.
    The raising of funds by non-profit organizations has in some instances been known to stretch conventional methods and even rules. The regulation therefore of raising funds from the public has been the core of accountability for non-profit organizations since a degree of faith and trust from the donor is in place especially against the backdrop of the ...

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    The active obligations of non-profit leaders are examined.