In a sector oriented around the public good and social causes, it’s clear that ethics are especially important for nonprofit professionals and organizations – perhaps more so than other sectors. However, nonprofit organizations and professionals often encounter situations that pose ethical challenges that don’t have clear answers. This discussion aims to better equip you to resolve these sorts of challenges by exploring ethical dilemmas and how to navigate them using tools and frameworks for ethical reasoning and decision-making.
Specific topics to be covered include:
- Laws vs. Ethics
- Defining and recognizing ethical dilemmas
- Key factors to consider when facing an ethical dilemma
- Tools and frameworks for navigating ethical dilemmas
- Principles for ethical decision-making
About the Speaker:
Michael Pratt is Senior Associate at Ktisis Capital, a strategic advisory firm to a mix of progressive individual donors, families, foundations, and philanthropic collaboratives. Previously, Michael was Project Manager at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, where he was responsible primarily for leading and managing The Grantmaking School.
Michael completed his undergraduate studies at GVSU, graduating with a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in psychology. During his time as an undergraduate student, Michael served as officer and treasurer of GVSU’s Undergraduate Philosophy Club and was the recipient of the Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award for philosophy in 2015. He was a 2017-18 Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellow at GVSU’s Cook Leadership Academy at the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.
Michael serves as Vice President of the board of directors of Alternatives in Motion, a West Michigan nonprofit which recycles, distributes, and maintains mobility equipment for those in need. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration at GVSU’s Seidman College of Business.