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Sticky Situations
CURRENTS ArticleGift officers often face emotional angst and ethical dilemmas in their dealings with donors, and the stakes are high. Handling these situations isn't easy, especially when the decisions can jeopardize gifts. Here are four case studies, based on real-life experiences, with advice on how to handle ethical issues, from inappropriate gifts to sexual advances.

Ethics Case Study: Trouble Brewing?
CURRENTS ArticleThis final edition of our Ethics Case Study series poses a timely dilemma: Should an institution accept a gift from a company that produces alcoholic beverages, including some aimed at the youth market? Complicating the issue is that this institution seeks to recruit Muslim students, whose religion forbids alcohol consumption. The gift is large, but so is the reputation of the university.

Ethics Case Study: Talking Head
CURRENTS ArticleWhen the new head of an independent school excitedly tells a donor that his gift will be the largest ever to the school, it turns out that's not accurate. The development officer has to decide how to correct this misinformation with the donor, without risking the gift. What would you do?

Ethics Case Study: Supplies and Demand
CURRENTS ArticleHave you ever updated your resume on your workplace computer? Or taken home a few pencils or paper clips? Many employees feel entitled to use office equipment and supplies for whatever reason. But is it ethical?

Ethics Case Study: To Consult or Not to Consult
CURRENTS ArticleAt first glance, the answer to whether or not to consult for your software vendor might seem cut-and-dried. But like most scenarios that arise in advancement work, the considerations are more complex. The following advancement professsionals weigh in on how they would handle the situation.

Ethics Case Study: Hide and They'll Seek
CURRENTS ArticleA sexual assault takes place in a dorm in which both the victim and the suspect live. After checking with the student affairs office, it's discovered

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that the suspect was not actually enrolled at the time and should not have been living in campus housing. The student affairs office asks that this information not be shared with reporters. Of course a reporter does call and asks for the suspect's hometown, which is provided, but nothing else. Is it ethical to respond to only those questions the reporter has asked? Is it ethical to withhold information about the error? CASE members respond.

Ethics Case Study: Tongue Tied
CURRENTS ArticleIs voting for an alumni award candidate based on past or potential giving to the institution ethical? CASE members respond.

Ethics Case Study: The Beneficent Bigot
CURRENTS ArticleThis is part of CURRENTS yearlong series of ethics case studies that present scenarios that raise ethical questions and responses from advancement professionals who offer their insights and opinion. This case study features a conflict about whether an institution should keep money from a longtime major donor whose views on race have cast the campus in a negative light.

Ethics Case Study: A Tough Call
CURRENTS ArticleThis is the first in a yearlong series of ethics case studies that present scenarios that raise ethical questions and responses from advancement professionals who offer their insights and opinion. This case study features a conflict involving a contract bid for a campuswide telephone systems and a major donor.Although ethical issues are perennial and ethics is a topic worthy of ongoing discussion, CASE has designated 2006-2007 as the year of ethics to reinforce the importance of ethical practice in all aspects of advancement. As part of this mission, CURRENTS asked several members of the CASE commissions to consider the following hypothetical case study and to share their perspectives.

A Question of Ethics
CURRENTS ArticleAs part of its year of ethics, CASE supports and promotes ethical standards for the advancement profession. This article presents a typical fundraising scenario, followed by responses from several members of the CASE Commission on Philanthropy.


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