Colour of money: Should non-profits accept 'tainted' donations?

Pragmatists will argue money is the same, no matter its source. What if funds are taken with naming rights? Caution is advised.

The consequences of tainted money can be more far-reaching than initially thought at the time the money was offered and taken.

Picture this: You are on the board of a charity. Like most other non-profits, it is short of cash. Now imagine that a person or organisation of dubious repute offers a massive donation. Would you take it?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2019, with the headline 'Colour of money: Should non-profits accept 'tainted' donations?'. Print Edition | Subscribe