The field of fundraising can be difficult to navigate.

If you aren’t careful, you will step right into a land mine.

And your fundraising could implode on itself.

Beware of these hidden hazards:

  • Ignoring donor intent because of sloppy gift processing.
  • Spreading private data as a result of inconsistent information policies.
  • Overestimating numbers in grant reports due to erroneous reporting.
  • Jeopardizing the organization’s sustainability by not documenting donor relationships.

Take steps to avoid these pitfalls.

  • Follow database instructions for thorough gift entry.
  • Establish information policies for your organization.
  • Be pro-active in coordinating efforts with other departments.
  • Take advantage of resources available through the Association of Fundraising Professionals, especially the Donor Bill of Rights.

What other ethical land mines could you confront in fundraising?  Please leave a comment with your thought!

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