Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Betty Parker

Second Advisor

Alhassan Mumuni


Ethical conduct of a nonprofit organization was suspected to impact the credibility of the organization as perceived by its stakeholders. This study uses secondary research for three nonprofit organizations in order to gain a closer look at the ethical issues of compensation, conflicts of interest, and the combined issues of accountability and strategic management. The nonprofit organizations discussed are United Way, Susan G. Komen, and The ALS Association. Each faced unexpected publicity, either positive or negative, and managed the organization’s credibility through dealing with one of the named ethical issues. Based on the case studies conducted for the three nonprofit organizations, the thesis concludes with recommendations for other nonprofit organizations which strive to operate in a credible manner.

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Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Works Cited