I’m worried. To be perfectly honest, I’m scared. What is going on is far worse than I ever imagined.
As fundraisers, we often have to defend our profession in the face of public derision and skepticism; we are challenged to explain practices which can seem counter-intuitive and to some people, unethical. As fundraisers we know this is not the case. Great fundraising has the power to change lives and influence real impact – in a way that government funding, Foundations and Corporate sponsorship are unable to.
I Love Fundraising because it is limited only by the potential you can see, your engagement and relationships with people of means and influence, and your ability to communicate that Vision.
We have enough difficulty explaining the BEST practices of the most effective charities. HOW ON EARTH WILL WE EXPLAIN WHY WE WORK WITH AGENCIES THAT ALLOW DEPRAVED BEHAVIOUR LIKE THIS?
Consider the clothing retailer that is discovered to have abuse within its supply chain.
Whether or not such abuse exists outside the knowledge or control of a company’s checks and ethics processes, the retailer is still to blame. If charities employ agencies without exhaustive due-diligence, what does that mean for the causes that we stand for?