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Coping With Unwelcome Sexual Advances: a Discussion for Fund Raisers

Wednesday, July 14, at noon U.S. Eastern time

Fund raisers are often encouraged to form close relationships with powerful donors, trustees, and other supporters. As The Chronicle noted in a new article, those working conditions make fund raisers vulnerable to sexual overtures from the very people their organizations rely on for essential financial support.

Many development officers say they feel isolated and are unsure how to handle the problem.

What's more, they often worry about endangering their organization's relationship with one or more key donors if they speak up or rebuff such advances.

Join us on Wednesday, July 14, at noon U.S. Eastern time for a live online discussion about how fund raisers can prevent and handle sexual harassment and other unwanted overtures.

The Guests:

Bernice Sandler is a senior scholar at the Women's Research and Education Institute and a nationally known expert in sexual harassment. She provides sexual-harassment workshops to companies and other organizations and has served as an expert witness in more than 30 sexual-harassment lawsuits. She is also author of Sexual Harassment on Campus: A Guide for Administrators, Faculty and Students.

Kevin Mintzer, a New York lawyer who specializes in employment law, has handled dozens of cases representing men and women who say they were sexually harassed on the job. Among his most-prominent cases was a lawsuit involving Anucha Browne Sanders, former senior vice president of marketing for the New York Knicks. Ms. Sanders was awarded $11.6-million in damages after a jury found that she was sexually harassed by the team’s coach, Isiah Thomas.

Comments

1. jcravens42 - July 13, 2010 at 02:05 pm

I am thrilled that you are going to address this subject! I'm not sure I can attend, so I hope the event will be archived or, even better, transcribed for later.

2. martyremmell - July 13, 2010 at 08:40 pm

I too hope this will be recorded or transcribed as I will not be able to attend.

3. peter_panepento - July 14, 2010 at 06:58 am

As always, we will post the full text from the discussion. It will be available on this page.

You can also find links to all of our past discussions at http://philanthropy.com/live

Thank you.

4. bill__huddleston - July 19, 2010 at 10:12 am

In my workshops on workplace giving, I point out that team fundraising is more fun for the fundraisers, as well as being more effective. In the context of this discussion, it has the advantage of being similar to the Boy Scout "buddy system", where one is never alone, and thus some of the situations described would be much less likely to arise.

The staff person can always say "I'd like to bring my boss" or "I'm training a new staff person and it's important that he or she meet one of most important supporters."

Regards,
Bill Huddleston
The CFC Coach

P.S. If you'd like my article about leadership development through workplace giving, please send me an e-mail at billhuddleston1 at gmail dot com. Thanks!

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