Conference 2021: Presentations

7 Deadly Sins of Fundraising and Other Ethical Dilemmas

Chessie Hayes – Jennifer Strain

In the context of ethical fundraising, how can religious and other nonprofit organizations encourage support without undermining those they serve? This presentation will discuss the ethical commandments of receiving gifts and avoiding the 7 deadly sins. We will investigate multiple case studies and scenarios to help you determine gifts that are appropriate to accept versus politely decline.

Chessie (Biggam) Hayes, MPA, CFRE, Development Director for Meritan, has been an active member of the fundraising community and creates thoughtful, strategic plans to enhance donor engagement. She received the award for AFP International Outstanding Young Professionals, Memphis’ Top 20 Under 30, and Greater Memphis Chamber’s Young Memphis Class of 2020 award. She serves as the Membership Chair for AFP Memphis and on the Emerging Leaders Initiative, Membership Division, and Editorial Committee for AFP Global. She also serves as the Vice-President for the Grant Professional Association of the Mid-South. Chessie enjoys focusing on fundraising trends for young professionals working the fundraising sector as well as millennial giving.

Jennifer Strain, MBA, CFRE, is a development officer at Campbell Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee. She earned an undergraduate degree in social work and a Master in Business Administration and has over 20 years of nonprofit fundraising and communications experience. Prior to joining the Campbell Foundation in 2002, Jennifer served in various roles for Catholic Charities Refugee Services in Memphis, Ecumenical Refugee Services in Denver, and Art for Life’s Sake in Memphis. Jennifer currently serves as the Association of Fundraising Professionals Memphis Chapter President, and she earned the Certified Fundraising Executive designation in March 2017.

ALSO PRESENTED BY CHESSIE HAYES: Next Generation of Donors: Motivating Millennials to Give Now