The ethics audit for nonprofit organizations
Although the need for organizations to have ethics codes has been recognized for decades, they aren't easy to implement. Nonprofits must be particularly scrupulous because they are chartered to serve the community. Although some tools have been developed, most are aimed at assisting individuals to make decisions and don't examine the overall ethical culture of the organization. This article proposes the use of an Ethics Audit as a proactive tool that can help an organization to focus and re-focus on its professed values. A sample Ethics Audit questionnaire is provided as a template that can be tailored to individual cases.