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framework for ethical decision making

  • To practice their profession with honesty, integrity, loyalty and adherence to the absolute obligation to safeguard the public trust;
  • To adhere to all applicable fundraising laws and regulations and advocate within their organizations, adherence to all applicable laws and regulations;
  • To encourage colleagues to embrace and practice these ethical principles and standards of professional practice;
  • To refrain from actions that give the appearance of criminal offense or professional misconduct;
  • To act according to the highest standards and visions of their organization, profession and conscience;
  • To put philanthropic mission above personal gain;
  • To demonstrate concern for the interests and well being of individuals affected by their actions;
  • To foster cultural diversity and pluralistic values, and treat all people with dignity and respect;
  • To value the privacy, freedom of choice and interests of all constituents, including clients, donors and funders;
  • To inspire others through their own sense of dedication and purpose;
  • To improve their professional knowledge and skills, so that their performance will better serve others; and
  • To affirm, through personal giving, a commitment to philanthropy and its role in society.