Too much attention to the fraction of charities gone wrong, too little attention to so much going right?

My latest Nonprofit Quarterly article with Ruth McCambridge takes on an interesting conundrum: it’s hugely important to ensure that we combat fraud in the sector, but at the same time as strong action against fraudsters (relatively rare) is meant to help with public confidence, is it working? Or is heightened exposure of these scandalous events (much more “interesting” than the daily work that charities deliver to make our lives and communities better) detracting from the reality that the nonprofit sector – despite being in an environment of scarcity and always expected to do more with less – could teach both the public and private sector a great deal about efficiency and decency? 



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