Deep Dives Into The AFP Code of Ethical Standards

Taking a Closer Look at Our Ethical Standards

Throughout the month of October, members of the AFP Ethics Committee will be addressing each of the standards in our Code of Ethics!

October 1
Standard 1: Members shall not engage in activities that harm the members’ organizations, clients or profession or knowingly bring the profession into disrepute. (Mark Hefter, adjunct professor of finance at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.)

October 2
Standard 2: Members shall not engage in activities that conflict with their fiduciary, ethical and legal obligations to their organizations, clients or profession. (Tycely Williams, CFRE, vice president of development of the YWCA USA in Washington, D.C.)

October 3
Standard 3: Standard 3: Members shall effectively disclose all potential and actual conflicts of interest; such disclosure does not preclude or imply ethical impropriety. (Tycely Williams, CFRE, vice president of development of the YWCA USA in Washington, D.C.)

October 4
Standard 4: Members shall not exploit any relationship with a donor, prospect, volunteer, client or employee for the benefit of the members or the members’ organizations. (Gene Tempel, Ed.D., founding dean emeritus and professor of philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Indianapolis, Ind.)

October 7
Standard 5: Members shall comply with all applicable local, state, provincial and federal civil and criminal laws. ( Janice Gow Pettey, Ed.D., chair emeritus of the AFP Ethics Committee and founder and principal of JG Pettey & Associates in San Francisco, Calif.)

October 8
Standard 6: Members shall recognize their individual boundaries of professional competence. (Grant Gilbert, senior director, central region, for World Wildlife Fund in Chicago, Ill.)

October 9
Standard 7: Members shall present and supply products and/or services honestly and without misrepresentation. (Krista Thompson, chief executive officer with Covenant House Vancouver in Vancouver, B.C.)

October 9
Standard 8: Members shall establish the nature and purpose of any contractual relationship at the outset and will be responsive and available to organizations and their employing organizations before, during and after any sale of materials and/or services. (AFP Chief Advocacy and Strategy Officer, General Counsel and Ethics Committee Staffer Jason Lee)

October 10
Standard 9: Members shall refrain from knowingly infringing the intellectual property rights of other parties at all times. (Janice Gow Pettey, Ed.D., chair emeritus of the AFP Ethics Committee and founder and principal of JG Pettey & Associates in San Francisco, Calif.)

October 11
Standard 10: Members shall protect the confidentiality of all privileged information relating to the provider/client relationships. (AFP Chief Advocacy and Strategy Officer, General Counsel and Ethics Committee Staffer Jason Lee)

October 11
Standard 11: Members shall refrain from any activity designed to disparage competitors untruthfully. (Fernando Rodríguez Hernández, the director of institutional development at the Foundation for the Protection of Children in Mexico City)

October 14
Standard 12: Ensure that all solicitation and communication materials are accurate and correctly reflect the organization’s mission and use of solicited funds. (Fernando Rodríguez Hernández, the director of institutional development at the Foundation for the Protection of Children in Mexico City)

October 15
Standard 13: Members shall ensure that donors receive informed, accurate and ethical advice about the value and tax implications of contributions. (Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Indianapolis, Ind.)

October 16
Standard 14: Members shall take care to ensure that contributions are used in accordance with donors' intentions. (Paul Pribbenow, Ph.D., CFRE, president of Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minn.)

October 17
Standard 15: Members shall take care to ensure proper stewardship of all revenue sources, including timely reports on the use and management of such funds. (Gene Tempel, Ed.D., founding dean emeritus and professor of philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Indianapolis, Ind.)

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Supported by: 
The Claudia A. Looney Fund for Ethics in Fundraising
&
The Patricia F. Lewis Ethics Endowment Fund

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