In response to a request for the money she donated to the National Center for Lesbian Rights due to NCLR’s decision to endorse an anti-lesbian petition against the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, NCLR returned donations made to it by Cathy Brennan.
Interestingly, NCLR seems to have run afoul of the code of ethics of an organization that governs fundraising behavior. NCLR has one employee who is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. AFP has promulgated a Donor Bill of Rights, which includes the right “to be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.” If you gave money to NCLR in the hope that it would support lesbians, you should request your money back.
AFP members are also subject to a Code of Ethical Principles. AFP members both individual and business aspire to, among other things:
- value the privacy, freedom of choice and interests of all those affected by their actions;
- foster cultural diversity and pluralistic values and treat all people with dignity and respect.
Neither NCLR nor the Human Rights Campaign, which also has 3 employees who are AFP members, have complied with the Code of Ethical Principles in signing onto an anti-lesbian petition. These organizations have also demonized a group of women for gathering in the woods of Michigan for one week a year to process our experience of being born female in a woman-hating culture.
You can file a complaint with AFP by contacting the organization at 703-684-0410.