In order to be an intern at the Honor Academy, all participants are required to fundraise for Teen Mania. To complete their year, first year interns must raise a total of $8,400. According to Teen Mania, this required “donation” is 100% non-refundable and non-transferable since you are actually giving the money to the Teen Mania general fund. Even though it covers your food and housing, according to Teen Mania, it is a fully tax-deductible charitable gift and not money provided for a good or service.
If you leave or get dismissed, you will not get your money back.
Leaving aside the legal questions this inspires, do you think it is ethical and moral for Teen Mania to kick interns out of the program when they fail to raise enough money? Why or why not? If not, under what circumstances would it be ethical for them to do so?