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.