ECTC signs fundraising ethics pledge

Members of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College recently signed a fundraising pledge agreement with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Pictured seated left to right: Association of Fundraising Professionals President Mike Geiger and ECTC Dean of Institutional Advancement Megan Stith. Standing left to right: Kentucky Community and Technical College System Vice President of Institutional Advancement Ben Mohler, KCTCS President Jay Box, and ECTC President Juston Pate.

Administration of Elizabethtown Com­mun­ity and Technical College were among the fund­raisers and presidents from all 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System who recently signed the Ass­o­ciation of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethics pledge.

They were joined by KCTCS President Jay Box, AFP President Mike Geiger and KCTCS Vice President Benjamin Mohler. ECTC Presi­dent Juston Pate and Megan Stith, dean of in­sti­tutional advancement, represented the college at the signing.

“It is an honor to connect donors with opportunities to impact the lives of students and enhance our regional economy,” said Stith in a news release. “We are grateful for the trust our supporters have in us and are proud to build these relationships on a foundation of transparency. I am blessed to be part of a team that places value in upholding ethical standards.”

According to the findraising professional’s code of ethical standards, AFP members aspire to put philanthropic mission above personal gain and practice their profession with integrity, honesty, truthfulness and adherence to the absolute obligation to safeguard the public trust.

“This occasion marks the first time that an entire college system has comprehensively address­ed the issue of ethics and ethical fundraising by taking on the mantle and standards of the AFP Code of Ethics, the only enforceable ethical code in the entire global fundraising profession,” Geiger said. “The Kentucky Community and Tech­n­i­cal College System has taken the leadership role not just among community colleges, not just in the state, but in the country – by abiding by the highest ethical standards in the fundraising profession. No other university or college or system has come close to what KCTCS is doing today.”

The signing is not to introduce these standards into the KCTCS culture, Mohler said but rather to publicly and formally reflect the organizational and individual commitment to ethics.

“This reflects a commitment to the greater good that’s deeply embedded in the DNA of KCTCS,” Mohler said.

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