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Ethics

For a nonprofit organization to even consider a donation
from a cannabis company, it's important to know your
state's laws about the use of cannabis.
to donate money, although some organizations are
willing to accept volunteers and other non-monetary
contributions. The volunteers from California-based
Bloom Farms assist "at local service projects and food
banks." (Cannabiz Media, Susan Gunelius, July 12,
2019). Cannabis companies are eager to donate, but
many organizations are not comfortable receiving their
donations.
If a nonprofit organization is considering accepting a
donation from a cannabis company, there are a number of
things to consider:
*	 Is marijuana/cannabis legal in your state, and, if so,
is it fully legal or for medicinal purposes only? Are
there any other legal concerns?
*	 Since there may be potential legal liability, has your
organization consulted with an attorney?
*	 Would accepting a donation from a cannabis
company go against your organization's mission or
values? For example, would an organization working
with people in recovery want to take a donation
from a cannabis company? It is a matter for each
organization to consider based on your standards.
*	 Is your organization a national organization? If so,
what is the national policy?
*	 Does your organization receive federal dollars? If so,
accepting funds from cannabis companies wouldn't
be an option.
*	 Would the donation cross state lines? Would any
federal laws be broken if that were the case?
*	 What is your organization's gift acceptance policy?
*	 If your organization isn't comfortable accepting
a monetary gift, would it accept gifts-in-kind or
volunteers?
*	 For organizations willing to accept donations, it's
essential to do your due diligence and make sure the
cannabis company complies with state laws.

October 2020 / www.afpglobal.org	

Bottom line, in Canada, cannabis is now legally sold
and consumed across the country, and charities are
well-positioned to address gifts from and through this
industry as it does other controversial sources. The
same goes for states in the U.S. where cannabis is legal,
but charities need to look at the issues addressed
above before making their decisions.

Melanie Elliott is a consultant with
m3 Development. Prior to this, she
worked at Five Acres. Melanie has
extensive experience in fundraising,
cultivating relationships, prospect
research and communications.
She brings a diverse background to
m3 Development, adding to their
"outside the box" thinking. She currently serves on the
AFP CA, Greater Los Angeles Chapter's (GLAC) board of
directors as vice president of membership and is a member
of the AFP Ethics Committee. She previously served as
the 2018 and 2019 GLAC's ethics chair and created such
programs as the Eye on Ethics, and Conversations
With... series.
Andrea McManus is senior counsel
and co-founder of ViTreo Group, a
Western Canada-based consultancy
that specializes in working with
charities and nonprofit organizations.
She is known for her passionate belief
in philanthropy and the value of the
nonprofit sector in society. She has
recently been appointed to the newly established Advisory
Committee on the Charitable Sector for the Canadian
government and is a member of the AFP Ethics Committee.
She is an AFP Master Teacher and contributing author to
five books on nonprofit management, fundraising and
global philanthropy.

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