Here's the thing....

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars..."-Jack Kerouac

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Financial Conflict of Interest (Blog #11)

This topic is what really bothers me about society- the close-mindedness and the drive to get the cash, no matter the cost. Who cares where it come from? As long as the green is there, you are able to go forth with your cause. However, it seems to defeat the purpose of a cause-driven non-profit; what you stand for is how you represent your company, and by accepting money from a conflict of interest, it makes your company image change drastically.

In class, we discussed how alcohol companies have offered money to organizations such as M.A.D.D. Although Im sure that the money is large and a tempting offer, and the organization would love to take the money rather than have the organization completely disappear due to lack of funds. However, what kind of image is that sending if an organization is accepting money from something they advocate against? I applaud MADD for not accepting the money, and for taking an ethical standpoint that others in its position should follow. Just because you lack money does not mean you should ever compromise your morals and ethical standpoint.

I think its ludacris that companies accept money from the places that they advocate against. If you are promoting a cause, dont go after the money from a company that is the exact opposite of your purpose. Be a better person, and do not be driven by capitalism and the drive for money. I say it all the time, but we are the change of the world- who are we to not take actiom? Who cares if all of society is doing it? We owe it to ourselves to be ethical advocates, and support organizations that are ethical advocates, and actually follow it, as well.


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