Fundraising Ethics: A Rights-Balancing Approach
The topic of fundraising ethics has received remarkably little scholarly attention. In this paper, we review the circumstances that precipitated a major review of fundraising regulation in the UK in 2015 and describe the ethical codes that now underpin the advice and guidance available to fundraisers to guide them in their work. We focus particularly on the Code of Fundraising Practice. We then explore the purpose and rationale of similar codes and the process through which such codes are typically constructed. We highlight potential weaknesses with the current approach adopted in fundraising and conclude by offering a series of normative perspectives on fundraising ethics that could be used to review and revise the current code and potentially improve the quality of future fundraising decision making.
KeywordsCodes of practice Ethics Fundraising Professional standards
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Fundraising Standards Board
The Fundraising Regulator
Institute of Fundraising
National Council for Voluntary Organizations
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Conflict of interest
There are no potential conflicts of interest as this work was not funded by a research grant. Nor did it involve primary research with human subjects or animals.
This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.
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