Ethical Decision Making in Fundraising

When:  Oct 17, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (AT)
Associated with  AFPNS

Virtual Online Session

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Registration is free!

Course description:


Fundraising is an essential aspect of any organization's success. It allows nonprofits, charities, and other organizations to achieve their goals and make an impact in their communities. However, as a fundraiser, you are often faced with ethical dilemmas that require you to make tough decisions. The purpose of this presentation is to provide you with the tools and knowledge necessary to make ethical decisions when fundraising.


Understanding Ethics:

a. Definition of Ethics

b. Importance of Ethics in Fundraising

c. Common Ethical Dilemmas in Fundraising

Code of Ethics for Fundraisers:

a. Overview of the AFP Code of Ethics

b. Applying the Code of Ethics in Fundraising

c. Consequences of Violating the Code of Ethics

Making Ethical Decisions:

a. Steps to Making Ethical Decisions

b. Identifying Stakeholders

c. Evaluating the Consequences of Your Decisions

d. Making the Final Decision

Ethical Fundraising Practices:

a. Donor Transparency

b. Donor Privacy

c. Avoiding Conflict of Interest

d. Ethical Gift Acceptance


In conclusion, making ethical decisions as a fundraiser is crucial to maintain the trust of donors, stakeholders, and the community. This presentation provides you with the necessary knowledge and tools to make ethical decisions in your fundraising practices. It is important to remember that making ethical decisions is not always easy, but it is necessary to ensure the long-term success of your organization.

Full participation in this session is applicable for 1.5 points in Category 1.B -Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification

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