The Role of Accountability in Fostering Nonprofit Integrity

  • Wolfgang Bielefeld
Part of the Humanism in Business Series book series (HUBUS)


This chapter will explore the special nature of integrity in the nonprofit sector and the key role that accountability plays in its attainment. Unless otherwise noted, the discussion draws from the nonprofit sector in the United States. It is expected, though, that most of the discussion will be widely applicable to all nonprofit organizations. Jeavons (2010, p. 188) describes integrity as the fundamental ethical characteristic of nonprofit organizations. Integrity is defined as “honesty writ large” — continuity between appearance and reality, between intention and action, and between promise and performance in every aspect of the organization. Integrity is critical for nonprofit organizations.


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