Inappropriate Requests Put Donor Researchers in a Tough Spot

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A fundraiser at University Hospitals, in Cleveland, was asked to find a celebrity who's from Cleveland and has played a superhero to invite to a party to raise money.

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A fundraiser at University Hospitals, in Cleveland, was asked to find a celebrity who's from Cleveland and has played a superhero to invite to a party to raise money.

Early in her career conducting research on potential donors, Tiffanny Walsh received a research question that still gives her doubts about her actions years later.

A fundraiser at a nonprofit where Ms. Walsh worked nearly a decade ago, and which she doesn’t want to name, had met with a prospective donor and was convinced that the person was transgender. The fundraiser didn’t want to risk offending a potentially generous supporter by asking directly and so turned to Ms.