Adapted from the Statement of Values and Code of Ethics for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations, Independent Sector
Personal and Professional Integrity
All staff, Board members and volunteers will act with honesty, integrity and openness in all dealings as representatives of Community Hospice Foundation and Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.
The Foundation has an active governing body that is responsible for setting the mission and strategic direction, and oversees the finances, operation and policies of the organization. The governing body ensures:
- A conflict-of-interest policy is in place that ensures that any conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof are avoided or appropriately managed through disclosure, recusal or other means.
- The Executive Director provides the governing body with timely and comprehensive information so that the governing body can carry out its duties.
- Foundation policies are in writing, clearly articulated, officially adopted and reviewed periodically.
- Resources of the Foundation are responsibly and prudently managed in accordance with accepted standards of nonprofit performance and accountability.
- The Foundation has the capacity to carry out its fund-raising programs and initiatives effectively.
The Foundation is knowledgeable of and complies with all national, state, and local laws and regulations to which it is subject.
- Maintains reasonable fund-raising costs.
- Only uses funds consistent with donor intent and with its mission to support under- and unfunded programs of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.
- Ensures that all spending practices and policies are fair, reasonable, and appropriate to fulfill the mission.
- Ensures that all financial reports are factually accurate and complete.
Openness and Disclosure
- Provides timely and comprehensive information to the public and is responsive in a timely manner to reasonable requests for information.
- Ensures that all information fully and honestly reflects the Foundation’s policies and practices.
- Makes available to the public basic information, including 990s and audited financial statements.
- Ensures that all solicitation materials accurately represent the Foundation’s policies and practices and preserve the dignity of program participants.
- Ensures that all financial, organizational and program materials are complete and accurate in all respects.
- Is truthful in all its solicitation materials.
- Respects the confidentiality and privacy of its donors.
- Expends funds consistent with donor intent.
- Discloses important and relevant information to potential donors.
The Foundation respects the rights of its donors, including
- To be informed of the mission of the organization, the way resources will be used and our commitment to use donations for their intended purpose(s).
- To be informed of the identity of those serving on serving on the governing Board and to expect the Board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to the most recent financial reports.
- To be assured that gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
- To receive appropriate recognition. If recognition is not wanted, to be assured that the Foundation will respect donor anonymity.
- To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law. This includes the assurance that the Foundation will never sell, trade, or otherwise convey any donor information to another organization.
- To expect that all relationships with individuals representing the Foundation will be professional in nature.
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are employees, volunteers or hired solicitors.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation or at any time, and to receive truthful, prompt and forthright answers.