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AFP-NM Annual/Monthly Meeting

October 19, 2017

When Values Collide: Making Decisions that Last

This informative and interactive session is a must attend if you've ever asked yourself: Are my responses to donors, guidance and advice provided to my superiors and philanthropic policies and practices of my organization ethical and in sync with the AFP Code of Ethics and Standards.

As an AFP professional, think of the last time you faced a tough decision: Whether to accept a large donation from a donor whose business conflicts with your mission; when to speak up about what seems to you to be a conflict of interest involving someone "higher up" in the organization; what to do when a proposed action might not be illegal but certainly has the air of impropriety. Using ethical dilemmas commonly faced by professional fund raisers, Joan McIver Gibson will describe a values-based decision making process that you can use professionally, as well as in your personal life.

The session will conclude with a brief discussion of ethical situations created by the AFP International Ethics Committee based on actual ethical complaints filed for Ethics Committee review and action.

Using a case -based approach, at the end of this presentation, you will be able to:

1.     Identify and understand the role of values in making difficult decisions

2.        Apply values-based decision making skills and techniques to actual cases in the professional fund raising setting

3.       Apply effective communication techniques both during the decision making process, as well as when explaining and reporting a decision after it is made.

Speaker Bio

Joan McIver Gibson, PhD, is a philosopher and consultant in applied ethics, bioethics, and values-based decision-making. She has over 30 years of teaching, training, consulting, and administrative work in a variety of settings: universities, business, state and federal government, health care, community, and research organizations.

She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1965, and in 1974 earned her PhD in philosophy from the University of California at San Diego. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In 2003 she retired as the founder and director of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Ethics Program, and for twenty years she chaired a hospital ethics committee in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

She is co-author of A Field Guide to Good Decisions: Values in Action (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006), and Health Care Ethics Committees: The Next Generation (Chicago: American Hospital Association, 1993). She has published numerous articles and book chapters on bioethics, applied ethics, ethics committees, and values-based decision-making.

Her latest book, PAUSE: How to Turn Tough Choices into Strong Decisions, published in May, 2013, offers practical advice on making difficult personal decisions where the stakes are high and the values run deep. 


11:00 AM - Doors open for networking, 11:30 - lunch served, 12:00 presentation

Embassy Suites Hotel, Albuquerque

Luncheon fee is $25 for AFP-NM members, $35 for guests. Earlybird deadline is October 13. Please RSVP & pay here.