#160 | How does a nonprofit organization decide which charitable gifts it will receive versus those it will reject?

Are nonprofits creating gift acceptance policies or perhaps they are actually creating donor acceptance policies? When a nonprofit organization rejects a gift from a donor, might they be accused of discriminatory fundraising practices? Given the volume of gifts that many nonprofits receive, how can they be certain that every gift they receive aligns with their gift acceptance policies? How does a nonprofit organization decide which charitable gifts it will receive versus those it will reject?

These are the types of thought-provoking and challenging questions that today’s panel will be asking of each other as part of two, back-to-back, panel discussions this week on The Fundraising Talent Podcast. I want to thank Helen Kathryn Sernett, Ian MacQuillin, Lindsay Simonds, and Paul Yeghiayan for being a part of this discussion. We have chosen the recent decision by Share Our Strength to reject a donation from rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine as our case study.

As I mentioned during the introduction, we would like to invite all our listeners to discover how the four frameworks can help your organization create an environment where fundraising can thrive. Based on insights drawn from behavioral economics, complexity science, and cognitive psychology, these four planning models offer a more holistic and human-centered perspective of fundraising rather than the reductionist and mechanical approach that originated from public relations and marketing. For more information, go to https://responsivefundraising.com/workshops

As always, we are grateful to the team at OneCause for sponsoring The Fundraising Talent Podcast.

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