CEO of nonprofits council: Goodwill scandal ‘not the norm’

CEO of nonprofits council: Goodwill scandal ‘not the norm’

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The chief executive officer of the National Council of Nonprofits hopes the public understands that what happened at Goodwill Omaha is far from typical in the nonprofit world.

“The nonprofit community depends on the public’s trust,” Tim Delaney said in Omaha on Thursday. “There’s concern that the broader (nonprofit) community is going to get tarred and feathered as though everybody is paying retention bonuses and doing other things that are not the norm.”


Delaney talked of a “powerful ethics decision-making tool” that has served him well in his career: an empty chair that sits in his office. He always imagines that chair is occupied by a reporter or a trusted mentor who is watching his every move and decision. He encouraged nonprofits to consider putting such a chair in their own executive offices and board rooms.

Not only should the public understand that most nonprofits are doing things right, Delaney said, they should also understand the importance of the sector. Nonprofits play a critical role in building communities and meeting human needs, with a front-line seat on the nation’s social problems.

“We need to speak up,” he said. “If we don’t, we’re hurting the people we’re there to serve.”

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Omaha World-Herald
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