KCTCS first higher ed system in the nation to sign fundraising ethics pledge | BCTC

KCTCS first higher ed system in the nation to sign fundraising ethics pledge

Published on Sep 30, 2019

Dr. Laurel Martin, BCTC AVP for Advancement, signing the fundraising pledgeVersailles, Ky. - All 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) recently signed the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Code of Ethics pledge. They were joined by KCTCS President Jay K. Box and AFP President/CEO Mike Geiger along with KCTCS Vice President Benjamin Mohler and the development staff in Versailles. 

"This occasion marks the first time that an entire college system has comprehensively addressed the issue of ethics and ethical fundraising by taking on the mantle and standards of the AFP Code of Ethics, the only enforceable ethical code in the entire global fundraising profession," said AFP President/CEO Mike Geiger. "The Kentucky Community and Technical College System has taken the leadership role not just among community colleges, not just in the state, but in the country-by abiding by the highest ethical standards in the fundraising profession. No other university or college or system has come close to what KCTCS is doing today."

According to Mohler, the signing is not to introduce these standards into the KCTCS culture, but rather to publicly and formally reflect the organizational and individual commitment to ethics.

"This reflects a commitment to the greater good that's deeply embedded in the DNA of KCTCS," Mohler said.

Throughout October, AFP and its partners will highlight the importance of ethical fundraising and provide new resources and tools for charities and fundraisers to demonstrate their commitment to the highest ethical standards.

About AFP

AFP is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Founded in 1960, AFP advances philanthropy through its 31,000 members in more than 240 chapters throughout the world. AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that have generated over $1 trillion. AFP's individual and organizational members raise over $115 billion annually.


The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth's largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. We also are Kentucky's largest provider of workforce and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, we align our programs to meet the needs of local employers. Our colleges are united in their commitment to making life better for our students, communities and the citizens of Kentucky. Since our creation, we have served nearly one million Kentuckians.