Ethical Fundraising and Problematic Philanthropy – a Talk and Q&A

Wednesday 9th November, 10.30am – 12.00pm

The way that we view philanthropy is rightly changing. A number of recent developments have increased scrutiny on how philanthropists, companies and trusts accrued their wealth, and the ethical implications of this for charities and social enterprises.

But how much should this matter to your organisation? In a challenging financial climate, when is it right to say no to a donation? How can you balance your obligation to protect your organisation’s reputation, but maximise resources at the same time? How can you find a path forward when people have differing and strongly-held personal views? And if you have to make a controversial decision, how can you justify it when challenged?

Organisations that debate these questions quickly realise things aren’t as clear-cut as they hoped. You might want to say you’ll never take donations linked to gambling, alcohol and pornography – but what about grants from the National Lottery Community Fund? What about the many household name companies that sell alcoholic products, and mainstream publishers that produce pornographic magazines?

“Thought provoking, challenging, motivating to find solutions and ideas for our charity”

Mike Zywina, Director of Lime Green Consulting, is well-placed to advise on these issues. In his day-to-day work providing strategic consultancy and bid writing support, he regularly helps charities and social enterprises to wrestle with these ethical dilemmas. Mike also lives in Bristol, a city that attracted public attention in 2020 following the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston, the controversial slave trader and prolific philanthropist.

“Really thought provoking session about the challenges of ethical philanthropy. I really liked the opener of comparing the perception and reality of philanthropy, and I’ve been quoting this to all my colleagues!”

In Mike’s talk, he’ll cover:

· The recent spotlight on problematic philanthropy, including Edward Colston and the Sackler Trust

· The many ‘greyer areas’ that might make you stop and think twice

· The emerging case against philanthropy

· Recent examples of organisations that have accepted and rejected contentious donations

· The dilemma for charities and social enterprises

· How to start a challenging conversation within your organisation

· What you can use, and what you shouldn’t use, to make difficult decisions about donations

“A very useful and practical overview of the considerations for evaluating potential donors in problematic areas with some thought provoking examples”

This event will include a 30-40 minute presentation, plus extended time for questions. We’ll share the presentation slides and recording with you afterwards, in case you can’t make it live, and to help you to discuss what you’ve learned with colleagues.

A ticket to attend costs £20 for individuals or organisations with a turnover less than £1m, £30 for organisations with a turnover greater than £1m

Book your place here.