Most non-profit organizations have missions that seek to right some wrong, and to improve people's situations across a variety of disciplines. Still, human foibles allow unacceptable behavior to flourish under the banner of noble work.

Habitat for Humanity, The Red Cross, The Humane Society, and Save the Children are just a few of the high-profile, well-respected and effective non-profit organizations rocked recently by sexual harassment scandal.

Unfortunately, smaller non-profits, too, can be places where workplace sexual harassment takes a toll. A recent Inside Philanthropy survey of fundraising consultants and development officers in a variety of non-profit groups revealed that the majority had experienced sexual harassment from executives, high-profile donors or trustees. This is, perhaps, not surprising, given that fundraising is a largely female-dominated field, and non-profits are often dependent on wealthy benefactors for their operations; in other words, people’s livelihoods — and the institution’s solvency — can depend on pleasing those in power.

This training will examine the role of boards of directors/trustees, donors, and volunteers as part of the world of sexual harassment prevention within non-profit organizations.

You knew you’d be blackballed. Me, I didn’t care. I just wanted to be vindicated, to hear someone say, ‘You can’t do that to a woman.’
— Patricia Douglas, in a 2007 Vanity Fair interview, held when she was 86. Douglas was the first woman known to have made an accusation in Hollywood; she was raped in 1937 by an MGM salesman, and refused the studio’s bribes to buy her silence. Her case never came to trial.