What We’re Learning

November 11, 2019

New Donor Ethics Rules: Why Policies and Procedures Alone Can’t Protect Us

Not all donors are equal. That’s the lesson the nonprofit community has learned from the public struggles of respected organizations like the Whitney Museum, the University of Connecticut, MIT, Harvard University and others, large and small, that have made headlines. Honoring and taking money from those whose ethics and wealth draw on unsavory sources is embarrassing and harms reputations. Many organizations have revisited their policies and procedures, looking to them as safeguards against future harm.