Fundraisers Seek Protection with “Bill of Rights”

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), which previously developed a “Donor Bill of Rights,” is now looking inward to protect their members’ own “physical, mental and emotional wellbeing” on the job.

A recent AFP survey found that nearly a quarter of fundraisers have experienced sexual coercion, meaning pressure from an employer to make themselves vulnerable to sexual harassment to secure gifts. And 76% have experienced sexual harassment.

The organization has responded by forming a task force to draft a fundraiser bill of rights. The document will address issues such as bullying and harassment, racial and gender equity, accessibility and “donor dominance.”

The task force plans to hold listening sessions with members to solicit input. It also will conduct a survey after a draft is developed to collect feedback before seeking ratification and endorsement.

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