When Donors Go Too Far - Addressing Sexual Harassment of Fundraising Professionals

By Liza Springmeyer

Approximately one in four female fundraising professionals have experienced sexual harassment in their careers, according to a survey report by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The report also concluded that much of this misconduct was that of donors.

In this era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, let's all do what we can to support one another and address this issue of donor misconduct. It is important for organizations to make sure policies and procedures are in place to support its development team members, create safe workspaces and take reports of misconduct seriously. Here is some tangible advice from AFP and BoardSource on how to navigate the complexities of this important issue and show employees that their personal safety and dignity is more important than donor dollars.