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.
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.