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Ethical Giving Guide

New Materials Support Donors with Year-End Gifting Decisions

Designed to help individual donors and family foundations think through their nonprofit giving decisions and to do it ethically, this guide outlines the steps to take with related ethical considerations and helps donors define their personal mission.

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A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit organizations rely on charitable gifts, but often lack guidance on how to navigate gifts from controversial donors. This guide offers practical and ethical considerations for nonprofit organizations that face increasing scrutiny for gift acceptance decisions.

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Featured Ethics Spotlights

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Election Ethics

Ethics will play an influential role as we cast ballots for the leadership of our country for the next four years, tally votes, and inaugurate a president in January. Ethics Center staff and scholars analyze the associated ethical dilemmas.

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The Ethics of Going Back to School in a Pandemic

As students across the country start a new school year, many are participating online only, while others are attending in person, in the classroom – with some already closing down again after new outbreak clusters form. Ethics Center staff and other SCU scholars address some of the key ethical dilemmas surrounding this critical decision.

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Ethics and Systemic Racism

The killings of several Black Americans by law enforcement over the last several months has shinned a light on the systemic nature of racism in our country. Ethics Center staff and scholars analyze the associated ethical dilemmas.

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COVID-19: Ethics, Health and Moving Forward

As businesses, schools, families and individuals transition from shelter-in-place to the new normal, critical questions must be considered and addressed before our economy can be revived. Ethics Center staff have compiled the following resources; including video interviews with business and non-profit leaders, panel discussions, and actionable tools; all designed to help us move forward.

    Voting for Ethics

    A Guide for U.S. Voters

    “Voting for Ethics” is a non-partisan, how-to guide for U.S. voters. It will help you identify the hallmarks of an ethical candidate and make a more informed decision -- whether for your local school board or the 2020 presidential election.

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    Ethical Perspectives

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    10 Things You Should Not Do with AI (At Least For Now)

    The expression "human in the loop" should be interpreted by humans.

    Love and the American People: St. Augustine on the Road Ahead

    In the face of our nation’s current division, love and politics must find a way to co-exist.

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    Keys to Unlocking Reconciliation After the Election

    Approaching difficult political conversations with accommodation, humility, and the assumption of goodness can help our country reconcile after a polarizing election.

      Teaching Note: Interview of Theranos Whistleblower, Tyler Shultz

      This teaching module for business ethics, leadership and management courses includes two videos, homework assignments, and class discussion, all designed to spark conversation about ethical issues associated with whistleblowers and corporate governance.

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      New Ethical Gift Guide Materials Supports Donors With Year-End Gifting Decisions

      Designed to help individual donors and family foundations think through their nonprofit giving decisions and to do it ethically, this guide outlines the steps to take with related ethical considerations and helps donors define their personal mission.

      Line of Sight Episode 17 with Dr. Maya Ackerman
      Ethics Center Faculty Scholar Dr. Maya Ackerman Featured in Latest Episode of "Line of Sight" Podcast

      In this episode Don Heider and Brigit Helms interview Dr. Maya Ackerman about AI, STEM and gender disparities in the workforce.

      Ethics Center Featured in the Journal of Moral Theology

      The profile highlights the expansive Ethics Center and the major role it plays in promoting ethical discussion at the university, in the local region, nationally and internationally.

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        Evaluating Culture for Ethics

        Our Culture Self-Assessment Practice recommends approaches to evaluating culture for ethics within companies and other types of organizations. The materials are primarily for members of an organization’s leadership team, including human resources and legal, but designed to engage a cross-section of leaders from various disciplines.

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        Reimagining the ‘Next Normal’ in Philippine Business

        Kirk Hanson, senior fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics presents at NCBM and is highlighted on Business World Online.

        COVID Vaccines are Moral to use, say Ethicists, Catholic Bishops

        Brian Green, director of Technology Ethics, quoted in Religion News Service

        FTC's Zoom Deal Signals new Data Security Plan Under Dems

        Irina Raicu, director of Internet Ethics, quoted by Law360.

          Like Birds, Ethical Issues Are Everywhere...

          ...often difficult to spot, but noticed by those in search of them.

          The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University exists to help people see, understand, and work through ethical problems.

          As an introduction to thinking ethically, we have created a framework for ethical decision making.

          Learn About Our Framework

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