Ethics: Grant Ethics for Prospect Research and Funder Relationships



Ethics: Grant Ethics for Prospect Research and Funder Relationships
Session 2 of the Ethics Series

Have you ever been uncomfortable applying to a foundation which didn’t seem to really match your organization’s profile? Many nonprofit professionals are pressured into writing to foundations who don’t match their giving history. This may be because someone knows someone on the board or because you are under pressure to find the dollars somewhere – anywhere. This session will provide information on when those techniques are a problem and when they just feel uncomfortable. Hint: if you are uncomfortable, there is probably a reason! In addition, there are times that others around you have different ethical guidelines than you.

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What you will learn:

  • When applying to foundations to whom you are not well aligned is a problem
  • How connections between nonprofits and funders can give the appearance of a conflict
  • The difference between conflict of interest and the appearance of conflict of interest

GPCI Competencies and Skills:
1.7, 2.8, 6.1, 6.4

The trainers for these sessions are all credentialed grant professionals (GPCs) who agree to adhere to the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Code of Ethics and are GPA Approved Trainers. All of the trainings in this series align with the Grant Professionals Certification Institute’s competencies and skills.



This training aligns with the Grant Professional Certification Institute’s Competencies and Skills and is approved for 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Full participation in this training is also applicable for 1.0 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Length: 60 minutes

Price: $50


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