Ethics: The Ethics of Program Design: Plans and Partners


Ethics: The Ethics of Program Design: Plans and Partners
Session 5 of the Ethics Series

Creating a high-quality grant proposal can be challenging when organizations may also be designing the program at the same time. Alignment to the mission of the organization and its strategic plan versus chasing funding can lead to ethical questions. This can become even more complicated when adding community partners to a grant project. Creating a quality partnership requires trust, but often partnering in a grant together breeds distrust due to each organization fearing they are losing out on funding they could be receiving. This session will examine the issues of ethics which develop while a program is being developed and a grant proposal is being created.

It will examine issues of program alignment and internal approval, how to involve partners in program design, how to describe a partner and partnership, how partners services are compensated and how this compensation is described, and how funder intent should be carefully considered in all of these matters

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What you will learn:

  • How to navigate ethical considerations regarding
    • New program design, especially leadership involvement and approval
    • The level of involvement of partners in program design
    • The level of involvement of partners in grant proposal creation
    • The level of financial compensation and commitment of partners in grant budgets
  • How funder intent should drive how these issues are handled in order to avoid ethical challenges

GPCI Competencies and Skills: 
3.2, 6.3, 6.8

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