KNOWLEDGE: Fundraising ethics blogs – miscellaneous

This is a collection of blogs covering miscellaneous issues in fundraising ethics.

We may created a separate page for any one of these issues once we have enough material. Click here to return to the main page listing blogs on other areas of fundraising ethics.


We’re tripping on guilt


Are fundraisers are thinking about guilt in the right way? Christian Dapp argues that the way the question is currently framed doesn’t even make sense.

Choice quote:

“Donors or potential donors should not feel guilty as a result of a truthful depiction of a problem and solution, if they are already comfortable with their own social and philanthropic decisions and actions. If they are not comfortable with their decisions or actions, they should change them. If they are comfortable with their decisions or actions, they should not.”


Overheads – why we’re still robbing donor Peter to pay fundraising Paul

Critical Fundraising

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“A new study by behavioural scientists has recommended charities should tell donors they have no overheads costs because they’ve already been paid by a philanthropist. Although the numbers stack up, Ian MacQuillin argues that this is a very bad idea.”

  • Make sure you also read the debate in the comments section.

Behavioural science

Fundraising practice and ethics are drifting out of alignment

Critical Fundraising

Ian MacQuillin explores the implications of new insights from behavioural science on fundraising’s professional ethics.

Choice quote:

“Faced with this influx of behavioral insights, are fundraisers ethically equipped to know which one to use in which circumstances?”

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