By Mira Wasserman In 5778, the hashtags #TimesUp #MeToo #GamAni sparked a broad communal conversation about abuses of power on the part of individuals and institutions, within and beyond the Jewish community. The year brought revelations of misconduct among celebrities and government officials, and in Jewish schools, organizations, and synagogues. Now, powerful people who abuse their power are being held accountable, and this is a development … [Read more...] about Jewish Ethics, #MeToo and Crowd-Sourced Responsa
By Terri Lynn Helge The activist group Prescription Addiction Intervention Now, or PAIN, is organizing protests across the country at museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sackler wing in New York City, Washington’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Harvard Art Museums. These protesters aim to pressure the Sackler family, which amassed a fortune after founding Purdue Pharma - the drugmaker that launched the opioid industry. As … [Read more...] about It’s Harder than you Might Expect for Charities to Give Back Tainted Money
Working in the nonprofit sector is not a decision to take a vow of poverty. None choose to work in this sector to get rich, but nor should they be committed to be poor.
By Richard Marker
This post is not a political post about the current president of the United States. It is about foundation behavior. The NY AG case against the Trump Foundation is pretty solid. Not every illegal behavior identified in that suit would typically warrant … [Read more...] about Do [Philanthropic] Ends Justify [Philanthropic] Means?
Two Examples of Philanthro-ethics and Equity
Jewish Funders Network (JFN) has released an update to their 2016 document Funders and Power: Principles for Honorable Conduct in Philanthropy. The new language declares funders’ responsibilities to “ensure the personal safety, dignity, and equality of all people.” They made the revision following conversations sparked by the #MeToo movement. What's new The new section reads: 8. Ensure the personal safety, dignity, and equality of all … [Read more...] about Responding to the #MeToo Movement, an update to Funders & Power
By Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. If individuals lead entities in the for-profit, nonprofit or governmental sectors, should they be held to a higher standard of ethical accountability? This perennial question is worth examining, especially when they lead powerful or influential entities that can have a direct positive or negative impact on our lives. For me, the answer is a clear, “Yes!” and there are others who have studied dimensions of … [Read more...] about Should Leaders be Held to a Higher Ethical Standard?