Has your organization planned for federal or state legislation addressing financial governance of charities?
“We are in the process of developing gift-acceptance policies (I have already done that in two other organizations), and this go round I am being proactive by including information on governance, accountability and disclosure. I want to communicate to donors that we are transparent in our operations. More importantly, I want to direct our operations to reflect this proactive thinking.”
— Kent C. Weimer, chief development officer, Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society, Key West, Fla.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
To the Editor:
I want to commend you on your issue focused on faith-based nonprofit organizations and their fundraising efforts. But in all honesty, I must admit that I was somewhat surprised and disappointed that you and your editorial staff did not think that the National Catholic Development Conference, the largest association of organizations who do religious fundraising in the United States, would have anything enlightening to contribute to this conversation. The perspective NCDC could have offered would have been gleaned from the experience of hundreds of religious fundraisers across the country. I regret that you missed this opportunity.
— Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, OSF President and CEO, NCDC
[Sr. Georgette, I do recognize the valuable insights that the NCDC could have contributed to our issue. Unfortunately, space is at a premium, and it’s impossible to include all of the resources that could potentially contribute to any one story (or issue). However, I invite you to submit your thoughts on the unique challenges of faith-based fundraising. — MB]