Nonprofit organizations are responsible for so much good in our world.
But the details of running such an organization can be daunting. It easy to accidentally cross the grey lines between legal and ethical actions. This page should not be construed as legal advice, but it is a place where nonprofit professionals, fundraisers, CEOs, and board members can come to find information and ask questions.
Dedication to ethical and transparent action starts at the top. Boards of Directors and agency executives must model legal, ethical, and transparent behavior, creating an organizational culture that always strives to "do the right thing".
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Does your organization have its own ethics policy?
National Council on Nonprofits reports many nonprofits adopt a code of ethics from their industry of service.
Should a nonprofit's Executive Director be on the Board of Directors? In this post, the Nonprofit Ethicist says no. We believe that the most common practice is that the ED is a non-voting member of the board.