Casa Tia Maria.

Casa Tia Maria.

Jenny, a university student studying public relations, accepted an internship position in the fundraising department at Casa Tia Maria. Casa Tia Maria is a non-profit organization in the United States that provides shelter for Central American immigrants while they look for permanent housing and employment. In addition to shelter, Casa Tia Maria provides food, clothing, and English classes. Most immigrants stay at the shelter for several months before securing permanent housing.

After Jenny had worked at Casa Tia Maria for two weeks, Mary, the director of development, asked Jenny to accompany her to a fundraising dinner at a luxurious downtown hotel. Many wealthy and influential individuals were in attendance. After most of the guests had left, Mary and Jenny were approached by Robert, a Texas oil baron and one of the state’s biggest philanthropists. Robert was known to donate to almost any cause as long as he found it to be what he considered “morally sound” and to the benefit of “hard-working Americans.”

Mary and Robert talked for a few minutes about Casa Tia Maria and its specific needs. Jenny noticed, however, that most of Mary’s answers to Robert’s questions about the shelter’s clients were vague. When Robert said that he was happy to lend a hand to any poor American citizen, Jenny knew he clearly did not understand that immigrants, who were not U.S. citizens, were the shelter’s clientele. Mary said nothing to correct Robert’s misperception.

Robert pulled a checkbook out of his jacket and wrote a substantial check. As he handed it to Mary, he said, “I am so pleased to be able to help hard-working Americans.” He then turned quickly and walked away.

Write 4 answers labelled A, B, C, and D showing your understanding of the moral theories and your skills in applying them to a case. This means explaining the theories you are discussing.

A. Consider carefully whether a utilitarian approach would say this is a good outcome or not. Be sure to consider the long term view.

B. Consider what plausible moral rules or duties are relevant to the people acting in this case. What relevant rules or duties have been followed or violated by the people in this case?

C. Consider what personal moral character traits (virtues and vices) have been exhibited by Jenny, Mary and Robert in this case.

D. In the light of your answers to A, B, and C above, imagine that Jenny is your friend. Jenny calls you up and asks your advice. What would you recommend that she do? Explain your recommendation carefully.


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