Such a Donor's Bill of Rights which is similar to the ECFA must be adopted and enforced forthwith. Our sloppy, irresponsible and often immoral, if not illegal use of donated funds must be stopped in its tracks. A system of accountability with teeth and backbone must emerge. Invoking the name of God and "obedience" in order to mask misuse of funds should be the first benchmark on the accountability smell test.
You stated in your post, "Our sloppy, irresponsible ... use of donated funds..." Who is the "our" that you are referring to?
I believe that the OCA has cleaned up its house with regard to donated funds and it has implemented pretty impressive standards. While the Antiochian Archdiocese has not quite followed suit with regard to best practices, I'm not sure that there is any evidence that they have done anything "sloppy, or irresponsible" with donated funds. If you have evidence to the contrary I'm sure I and many others would like to know about it.
This site has done a very good job at exposing plenty of examples for you to review. Perhaps you are new to this site? The problems in the OCA at least have been now exposed as chronic and decades-long. Whatever changes that have been made in the OCA are certainly welcome. However, the proof of true repentance will be in consistency of behavior going forward. Just saying we've changed is just empty rhetoric without consistent changed behavior. Time will tell. We can hope, pray and work for this change... diligently.
Even better, best that the Church is not in the donor collecting business. Pay your assessment start tithing, but no other money is collected. No FOS, No Appeals. None. That way the books are clean. Collect your "taxes_ or tithes and that's it.
Let the dioceses and parishes do what they need to do on the local level. If the Syosset wants to be in the Christian Ed. or department business, pay for it out of the assessment. Period.
Axios! to Fr Paisius Altschul and Fr. Justin Mathews and other founders of this excellent organization. Several of our jurisdictions would do well to follow the example of The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve. Were they to adopt and follow a Doner's Bill of Rights we would all be better off.
Subdeacon Robert Aaron
Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black - Detroit Metro Chapter
Subdeacon Robert Aaron
I am very happy to read this post. The AFP International is an excellent organization. Our fundraising consulting firm's senior members are AFP members. We promote AFP's ethical standards and recommend implementation to all the non-profits we serve.
Bravo! And I agree that all parishes, as well as all non-profits adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights as well as the ethical codes of practice recommended by AFP International.