There are ethical dilemmas in every work venue, but particularly in nonprofits. Understanding the balance between various layers of accountability can be very complex. Ironically, as with Enron, a nonprofit’s worst ethical traps may be created where a good deal of celebratory noise cocoons problematic details and unanticipated consequences. Of course, when these issues later burst into the light in full scandalous resplendency, we wished we had explored that vaguely nagging concern that woke us in the night.
That’s why the Nonprofit Quarterly’s wise but folksy Nonprofit Ethicist stands stalwartly at the ready to answer any question you may have.
We have attached a link to the Ethicist’s most recent column, soon to appear on your doorstep within the Summer 2006 issue.
Meanwhile, the Ethicist is champing at the bit to hear more of your conundrums. If you are unclear on the ethics of any situation in or around your nonprofit — send us your questions. Just click the reply button.
The Ethicist will answer your question quickly. You won’t have to wait for our next publication date. And, don’t worry about exposure; when we print your question in the magazine we will obscure any identifying information and then run the copy by you for approval.