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					Association of Fundraising
   AFP Congress 2003

      Metro Toronto
    Convention Centre
      November 27th, 2003
 Ethics In Advancement:
What You Feel Good After

      Susan Bloch-Nevitte
    Director, Public Affairs &
  Advancement Communications
      University of Toronto
                 What is Leadership?
       Who are the Greatest Leaders in History
       (Survey of 100 top Canadian Business
                   Leaders - 1997)

                      0%   10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%

Martin Luther King
Alexander the Great
     Julius Caesar
Characteristics of Great Leaders
                     Leadership Skills
     (Survey of 100 top Canadian Business Leaders - 1997)

     Skills                         Character
      30%                             40%

    Vision Skills
              Confidence in Leadership
“As far as people in charge of running [each sector] are concerned, would you say you have
a great deal of confidence, only some confidence, or hardly any confidence at all in them?“






                Great Deal         Only Some           Hardly Any          Not Sure

          Military             White House          Congress            Educ. Inst.
          Major Comp.          Religion             Press               Law Firms
                                                                    HARRIS POLL® January 2002
      Top Ten Ethical Professions
•   Nurses
•   Pharmacists
•   Veterinarians
•   Medical doctors
•   Grade & high school teachers
•   Clergy
•   College teachers
•   Dentists
•   Engineers
•   Police officers              GALLUP® SURVEY 2002
     Ethics – Some Definitions
• A system of values or codes of
  behaviour centred on accepted
  principles of right and wrong.
• Relating to moral action and conduct,
  conforming to professional standards.
• What you feel good after.
    Ethical Principles Checklist

•   Honesty             • Respect for others
•   Integrity           • Responsible
•   Promise-keeping       citizenship
•   Loyalty             • Pursuit of
•   Fairness              excellence
•   Caring for others   • Accountability

                         - The Josephson Institute
           Common Rationalizations
•   "If it's necessary, it's ethical.”
•   "If it's legal and permissible, it's proper."
•   "I was just doing it for you.”
•   "It doesn't hurt anyone."
•   "It can't be wrong because everyone is doing it."
•   "It's okay if I don't gain personally.”
•   "I've got it coming."
•   "I can still be objective."
 Strategy for Ethical Decision-making

1.   Clarify the problem.
2.   Evaluate the available information.
3.   Spot the ethical issues.
4.   Formulate viable alternatives.
5.   Evaluate the costs and benefits.
6.   Decide what to do.
7.   Decide how to do it.
8.   Monitor the consequences and be open to
In Britain’s The Guardian, novelist Ian McEwan wrote
  a couple of devastating commentaries. In one he
  concluded that among the terrorists’ crimes was a
               failure of the imagination.
    “If the hijackers had been able to imagine
  themselves in the thoughts and feelings of the
   passengers, they would have been unable to
proceed…Imagining what it is like to be someone
other than yourself is at the core of our humanity.
   It is the essence of compassion and it is the
                beginning of morality.”
            Organizational Checklist
• Clear personal expense policy including signatories
• Gift acceptance and naming policies
• Professional Codes of Ethics - Are all aware of? Do
  they know?
• Are Ethics part of new staff orientation
• Do you ever discuss Ethics as a subject at staff
  meetings? Professional development programs?
• Do people ever ask The question?
• How well do you listen to your staff on these matters?
• Do you communicate your policies to your colleagues
  and clients?
Your Own Code of Ethics