Fundraising Horror Stories

When:  Oct 10, 2019 from 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM (PT)

Fundraising Horror Stories: 
Ethically Responsible Fundraising in the 21st Century 

The Association of Fundraising Professionals has a Code of Ethical Standards outlining the belief that ethical behavior fosters our profession and enhances philanthropy and volunteerism. While we may all agree to this, what does this mean in our day-to-day application?

Our October AFP gathering will have an engaging presentation and interactive discussion on: 

1. The ethical requirements of the non-profit organization
2. The responsibilities of the fundraising staff and leadership of the institution
3. The charitable intentions of the donor’s themselves.

We’ll take a philosophical dive into the foundations of ethics and then apply what we’ve learned to real-world scenarios that you might actually encounter through case studies and “what would you do” discussions.

About the Speakers 

Zach Rentz has degrees in Philosophy and Law, and was a practicing attorney for four years in Philadelphia, PA before going back to school to pursue his Ph.D. in Philosophy at UCSB. At Cal Poly, Zach teaches the ethics of science and technology, the philosophy of law, and political philosophy, and he is also an active member of Cal Poly’s Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group.

Allie Burnett has more than 17 years of professional fundraising experience working at university, hospital and local non-profit organizations. Allie has been with Cal Poly for 13 years and in her current role with gift planning for the last six.


French Hospital Medical Center, Copeland Health Education Pavillion, 3rd Floor Auditorium
1911 Johnson Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401