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Ethics Of Meeting Payroll With Grant Dollars...

Meeting payroll costs is an ongoing challenge. “One of the most frequent questions I hear is whether grants can cover staff salaries,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “The answer is, ‘yes,’ however, there are only three circumstances in which grants are a good source for staffing costs.” Program-Specific Staff: […]

Advocacy Groups Challenge Ethics Laws...

Two advocacy organizations for nonprofits have challenged provisions of an ethics law approved last year in New York State that they contend is unconstitutional and harmful to nonprofits. Lawyers Alliance for New York and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) filed a complaint against the New York Attorney General’s Office. The 15-page filing […]

3 ethics issues for boards and staffs...

Though many nonprofit organizations have been founded on principles and ideals, they are not immune to common ethics issues. In his book, “Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations,” Gary M. Grobman lays out a wide variety of scenarios and practice tools for nonprofit boards and staffs to take into account, along with three general ethics issues to […]

6 tips for strong organizational ethics...

From serving clients to raising funds to managing staff, running a nonprofit can be difficult even before factoring in ethics and conflict-of-interest issues. In “Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations,” Gary M. Grobman provides scenarios and in-depth cases for managers and board members to learn from, along with six tips to keep in mind when trying to […]

Privacy is both a legal and ethics issue...

Getting the word out is very important, but getting the word out clearly and correctly is of even more importance. A lack of clarity can cause miscommunication and, even worse, be seen as an attempt to conceal wrongdoing. During its International Conference on Fundraising, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) reminded members of its ethical […]

Live From SXSW: Accurate, Fair & Safe – The Ethics of Social News...

Citizen journalists, public citizens who independently support the newsgathering process, play an increasingly important role in providing breaking news content to journalists via Twitter and Facebook. But what are some of the ethical issues with this new frontier for journalism where anybody can participate? The issue was raised during a SxSW discussion on the newsgathering […]

4 elements of accountability and ethics...

A worthwhile mission clearly stated and effective fundraising are crucial stones upon which a nonprofit foundation rests, but as all-too-many people inside and outside the sector can attest, ethics violations — or even the appearance of ethical lapses — can damage a cause and possibly even destroy an organization. Speaking during an Association of Fundraising […]

Legislative Update: Data Privacy Regulation Heating Up...

Consumer privacy is getting the attention of state and federal legislators. For example, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) was passed very quickly in mid-2018, without any serious vetting with impacted stakeholders, and will become effective in January 2020. CCPA introduces new privacy requirements, and while nonprofit organizations do not literally fall under the jurisdiction […]

NPT Power & Influence Top 50 (2019)...

Evolving Missions Pushed By NeedFueled Honorees’ Innovations For the PDF Version of The NPT Power & Influence Top 50, click here. It just always works out this way. It’s never intended but a theme always emerges as the nominations for the annual NPT Power & Influence Top 50 come in and are discussed. Two trends […]

Giving Tuesday Becoming Stand Alone Nonprofit...

Leadership of Giving Tuesday (GT) have begun the process of spinning the international fundraising and engagement phenomena out as its own entity from the safety of its current home at the 92Y in New York City. Launched in 2012, the intention has been to infuse generosity and interrupt the holiday consumerism of Black Friday and […]