By Paul Clolery – thenonprofittimes.com
Ripped from news headlines, whistleblower is a phrase you can’t avoid. It is front and center at the impeachment hearings in Washington, D.C. The charitable sector has had a flurry of whistleblower situations the past two years. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Humane Society of the United States and Oxfam have all had complaints blow up into headlines.
Whistleblowers are protected under federal law and often cloaked in secrecy. But according to the 2019 Ethics & Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report from NAVEX Global, there has been a “slow but steady decrease in the median rate of anonymous reports” since 2009. In 2018, NAVEX found that 57 percent of reports were anonymous, down from 65 percent in 2009.