DOLLAR$ AND SENSE
ANOTHER FUNDRAISING SCANDAL has bubbled up, this time in England, the cradle of modern philanthropy. It centers on telemarketing firms employed by – among others – the British Red Cross. It seems telemarketers are ignoring official “no call lists” and preying upon elderly Brits for donations to their agencies.
On one hand, it may seem that London is a long way from Tucson and such shenanigans are a long way from us. But are they? Telemarketing is big business the United States. The AFP Foundation employs Ruffalo Noel for its annual “Be the Cause” campaign. The largest development program in Tucson uses the same company for its annual appeal.
The trouble in England, and the reminder it sends us all, is the potential volatility of a cocktail which mixes charity, business and human nature.
- The charity is anxious to increase its donation level so it can serve more clients.
- The telemarketing firm, being in the business of making money, is anxious to increase its own profits and earnings.
- And people – being people—will sometimes bend the rules if their approach leads to commissions, bonuses and promotions in the company.
Outstanding community philanthropists will be honored at the 27th Annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon. On Thursday, November 19, 2015, at the Westin La Paloma Resort, five major awards will be presented to individuals and organizations whose philanthropic contributions and dedicated volunteerism improve the quality of life in our community. Congratulations to the 2015 Honorees!
Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year: The Alan & Jan Levin Family
Outstanding Corporate or Foundation Philanthropist: Marshall Foundation
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Jill Rich
Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Edna Meza Aguirre
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: San Miguel High School’s Club Pag-asa
What Would You Do? A Fresh Look at Ethics in Fundraising
September 11, 2015 7:30 am to 9:00 am
Too often those of us in the fundraising profession look at ethics in ways that trap us into an old style of thinking. In many cases we’re afraid to talk about ethics in a meaningful way or in the context of today’s environment unless it’s absolutely required. And sometimes we might not even realize we’re […]