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Ethics
to actualize and demonstrate a genuine commitment
to diversity, people within the organization must think
inclusiveness is important and then create an inclusive
environment. Organizational culture is what you see,
hear and sense based on invisible beliefs influencing
visible behavior. I consider inclusiveness standard
criteria for an ethical culture. I believe it is unethical

to treat any person in a discriminatory or disparaging
way. Just as organizations and individuals must adhere
to AFP's Code of Ethical Standards, I would like to
incorporate specific language affirming our standards
around inclusion, diversity, equity and access, holding
organizations and individuals accountable to the same
guidelines.

HOLDING OURSELVES ACCOUNTABLE
What is a fundraiser's responsibility to ethics and inclusion and diversity? Is it our colleagues?
Our donors? Our constituents? Ourselves?
Birgit Smith Burton, executive director of
foundation relations at the Georgia Institute of
Technology in Atlanta
I spent a great amount of time considering this question
and coming up with multiple answers. Then I decided
to pose this question to the people who have been very
deeply involved in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access
work for several years. They each shared important
perspectives on the topic.

Christian Murphy, CFRE, chief development
officer, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
A fundraiser is responsible for bringing their authentic
self and voice to the profession. Those same values
matter, especially when considering ethics, inclusion and
diversity. As a fundraiser, no matter my race, I should
uplift the voices inside and outside the room. We know
that diverse thought is critical because it helps brings
creativity, ingenuity and efficient problem-solving.
However, when you recognize there aren't diverse voices
in the room, you must do your part to be informed and
invite those voices into the conversation.

Kerry Watterson, CFRE, head of philanthropy
and social impact, Fundraising Well
We have ethical responsibilities to all humankind-the
constituents we serve in our communities, the donors
we connect to our causes, our colleagues, and all those
who will indirectly benefit from the work we do. Our
profession uplifts our society, filling in the gaps and
shining a light on services, systems and flawed practices.
Our ethical approach to this is intrinsically tied to doing
right by humanity. Looking at it through the lens of
inclusion and diversity, our ethical responsibility is still
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for all humankind-celebrating and lifting up the diversity
that makes our society so beautiful and demanding
inclusion and access for everyone. We have the ability to
move our world forward. It is not an easy path but holding
true to our ethical responsibility to humankind will help
us get there one step at a time.

Randi Sunshine, west coast director, American
Friends of Israel Sport Center for the Disabled
Our primary responsibility is with our donors. As
nonprofits, we rely upon their largesse. They entrust us
with their charitable giving to ensure their sacrifices are
honored in the way they intended-with professionalism
and discretion. Regardless of what they are funding, we
are the people they rely on to make sure their donations
are distributed fairly among our constituents, programs
and services. Fundraisers are the first line of defense
against discrimination and bias in our organization
because, with good stewardship, we will know when
funders are backing away because of perceived bias
or exclusivity.

James K. Phelps, ACFRE, principal, JKP
Fundraising LLC
Ethics is taking into consideration the greater good for
everyone involved and being sure nobody's interests are
compromised in the process. If required to rank these in
order of whose interests are most important, it would
be donor, constituents, colleagues and finally ourselves.
There is one more entity though: the development
profession in general-not just our colleagues, but the
idea that we are part of a noble profession with an ethical
standard. Without those standards, we are missing an
element of being a profession.
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