Donors Should Be Informed of Exceptional Fundraising Costs

The subject of percentage based fundraising continues to plague our Jewish world. Many professional organizations ban the practice outright in their Codes of Ethics. Here in Israel, while such is also the practice among professional fundraisers, every week advertisements appear for commission based positions in parts of our fundraising community.

Today, from The Jewish Ethicist, this q. and a.

Q. We have a small, little-known organization. In order to reach donors for our very worthy cause, we would need to hire a well-connected fundraiser who demands 50% of the donations he solicits. May we hire this person?

For a response, here is what Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir, of the Business Ethics Center of Jerusalem, has to say. Also check out our post from last month, The Trouble With Percentage Commissions.

The Jewish Ethicist is a joint project of and the Business Ethics Center of Jerusalem