Trust and transparency are key building blocks in developing a fundraising foundation. Yet stories regarding the questionable pasts of donors have come to light in recent years. There’s an old saying, “Perception is reality” – and in today’s 24-7 news (and fake news) world, a few bad seeds can do irreparable harm. While some of these organizations recover from these scandals, many do not. One story that may pop into the minds of many when speaking about donations from donors with questionable reputations is the Clinton Foundation. Donations by foreign entities, such as corporations with ties to the Kremlin, sent up red flags about an alleged pay-to-play system within the foundation. Some foundations that have already suffered from scandals are recovering, such as The Wounded Warrior Project. How do organizations, which have lost the trust of their donors, survive (or should they)? Do you think organizations should accept donations from donors who have a past (or a perceived past)? Do the benefits outweigh the consequences? Are organizations doing enough due diligence and vetting?
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Refer to the following articles for background on the Clinton Foundation and other situations:
Foreign Governments gave millions to foundation while Clinton was at State Dept Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal Wounded Warrior Project faces tough choices as it rebuilds following controversy
Wounded Warrior Project accused of wasting donation money