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The Red Cross Has Some Ethical Explaining to Do

I have donated money to the American Red Cross from time to time, and I’m sure you have as well. I probably will again, but maybe this time with an ethical wink.

American Red CrossThe American Red Cross regularly touts how responsible it is with donors’ money. Writers Jesse Eisinger and Justin Elliott for ProPublica (December 4, 2014) reported some disturbing findings in an article entitled: “The Red Cross CEO Has Been Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going.” It is a well-written piece covering several topics, but let us start with the most important finding:

“The American Red Cross regularly touts how responsible it is with donors’ money. ‘We’re very proud of the fact that 91 cents of every dollar that’s donated goes to our services,’ Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern said in a speech in Baltimore last year. ‘That’s world class, obviously…’”

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Charitable Contributions, Ethical Behavior, ethics, Transparency and tagged , , ,

Celebrity Ethics: Is Lady Gaga in Deep Goo-goo?

This blog is not to criticize Lady Gaga or her singing style or performance art. Her work may not be my cup of tea, but then again, I am not her target audience. And that’s all right. It’s a generational thing and it’s the way of the world.

            Lady GagaBut when she has started to dabble in the realm of questionable ethics, she ventured into “my” territory. I think we have the right to ask some hard questions.

            On March 19, 2014, Judy Martell writing for Bankrate.com brought some interesting facts to light on the celebrity’s foundation named: “Born This Way.” According to Ms. Martell, the foundation’s mission statement reads that it:

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Business and Personal Ethics, business ethics, Charitable Contributions and tagged , , , , ,

Goodwill and Lakeisha Williams – Business Ethics in Action

On August 12, 2013, while sorting donated clothing, a Goodwill worker in California discovered an envelope containing $10,500 cash in crisp $100 bills. She promptly turned the envelope over to her bosses.  What follows is business ethics in action.

goodwillIn a television interview, she said that she was worried that someone would need the money and would obviously want it back. By his own words, the Goodwill manager said that from time to time people inadvertently “donate’ things they had no intention of donating; perhaps jewelry or a watch or who knows, even $10,500.

A month passed; no one came to claim money.  Perhaps they didn’t realize they gave it away.  Perhaps they wanted to make the gift without attention.  Perhaps the money was ill gotten and best in the hands of a charitable organization.  I have no clue, but several ethical issues are in action and positively so.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Business and Personal Ethics, business ethics, Charitable Contributions, Choices and Consequences, Ethical Behavior and tagged , , , , , , ,