Course 1.3 – Ethics in Philanthropy

Course 1.3 - Ethics in Philanthropy

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TRACK 1: The Philanthropic Sector

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Ethics is a constant, fundamental concern at the very heart of philanthropy, not because people in this sector are particularly unethical, but rather because philanthropy carries a special ethical and moral status in our society. Philanthropy expresses our most cherished values, works to achieve the public good, and does vital work in our communities. We hold philanthropy to a higher ethical standard.

This noncredit course investigates some ethical questions at the heart of philanthropic practice, and offers frameworks for addressing these questions.

 

Lessons

Lesson 1 – Ethical Dilemmas in Philanthropy

This lesson explains the special expectations for ethical conduct and practice for those working in philanthropy. It also describes the types of ethical dilemmas that often arise in philanthropic practice.

Instructor: Dr. Michael Moody, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

Lesson 2 – Accountability: For What? To Whom?

Philanthropic accountability is often confusing and always complex. This lesson unpacks the intricate web of responsibilities placed on nonprofits – and on grantmakers specifically. It examines what foundations are accountable for doing and achieving, and to which people and entities foundations must answer.

Instructor: Dr. Joel J. Orosz, Distinguished Professor of Philanthropic Studies Emeritus at Grand Valley State University.

Lesson 3 – Ethics in Grantmaking Practice

This lesson focuses on living into ethical ideals in the actual practice of grantmaking, and specifically on tools and resources to address the types of ethical dilemmas that arise in philanthropy.

Instructor: Dr. Joel J. Orosz, Distinguished Professor of Philanthropic Studies Emeritus at Grand Valley State University.

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