Code of Ethics
Internal Operations Director
Otie Vititoe, 304.340.3502
The fulfillment of the vision and mission of the United Way of Central West Virginia and our reputation depend upon the values and ethical conduct of everyone affiliated with the organization. The adherence to, and promotion of, the core values and code of ethics establishes the organization and its staff and volunteers as examples to the community and to other nonprofits of excellence in high standards of performance, professionalism and ethical conduct. This values/ethics statement was approved by the Board of Directors on October 21, 2003.
The Core Values provide the foundation on which we base our ethics, actions and decisions.
United Way Staff and volunteers are committed to the promotion of public confidence, trust and fairness. We do this by maintaining the highest standards of excellence and accountability, including prudent use of finances and fair, accurate, and honest disclosures of information. We protect the confidentiality of donors and clients.
Making a positive difference in the community through measurable impacts is how we make United Way relevant. Effectiveness and efficiency in use of all resources is measured by community impact.
United Way believes that the most effective models of service, excellence and community impact are created through the leadership and involvement of volunteers.
United Way staff and volunteers act in ways that respect the dignity, uniqueness and intrinsic worth of every person. We believe in building on the assets of the individual and of the entire community, regardless of race, creed, religion, politics, disabilities or any other arbitrary label.
- Community Impact through Community Building
Because United Way strives to be politically neutral and non-biased, staff and volunteers can serve as community leaders, catalysts and conveners to promote individual and common good, to achieve the highest community impact and to build safe, healthy and nurturing communities.
CODE OF ETHICS
The Code of Ethics is based on our vision and mission, and is guided by our Core Values
We will meet the highest standards of performance, quality, service and achievement in the fulfillment of the vision and mission.
We will promote an environment where honesty, open communication and minority opinion are valued.
Respect and fairness will be exhibited toward all those with whom we come in contact.
We will promote good stewardship of all resources, including how the resources will be used for operating expenses, salaries and employee benefits.
We will refrain from using organizational resources for purposes that do not support the vision and mission.
We will observe and comply with all laws, regulations and accountability standards for excellence in nonprofit management.
- Solicitations and Voluntary Giving
We will promote voluntary giving in dealing with all donors.
We will refrain from any use of coercion in fundraising activities, will discourage the use of coercion in workplace campaigns and will not predicate professional advancement on giving or giving levels.
- Diversity and Equal Opportunity
We value, champion and embrace diversity in all aspects of the organization. We respect others without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or individuals with disabilities.
We refuse to engage in or tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.
- Conflicts of Interest
Employees will avoid any outside employment, activity or outside interest which conflicts or appears to conflict with the best interest of the organization, including involvement with a current or potential vendor, grantee, or competing organization.
Staff and members of the Board will annually sign conflict of interest statements. Board members will make written disclosure of activities or financial interests which might present a conflict of interest. Board members shall recuse themselves from any vote that would have a direct impact on a specific agency where the Board member discloses an affiliation, but will normally not be expected to recuse themselves when the impact of the vote would apply equally to all, or multiple, agencies.
- Confidentiality and Privacy
We will ensure that all information that is confidential, privileged or nonpublic is not disclosed inappropriately. We will respect the privacy rights of staff and volunteers in the performance of their duties.
- Political Contributions
We will not make any contributions to any candidate for public office or to a political committee on behalf of UWCWV. Facilities will not be used for political campaign activities.
Disclosure and Process:
Any employee, volunteer, organization or citizen who would like clarification on the values and ethics statements should contact their supervisor, the President of UWCWV, or the Board of Directors, whichever is appropriate. Any known or possible breaches of the Code of Ethics should be disclosed as well. Reports of possible breaches will be handled in the following manner:
- All reports will be treated in confidence in a manner that will allow the organization to investigate within the applicable laws and policies;
- All reports will be investigated and, if needed, appropriate action will be taken based on the policies of UWCWV;
- Retaliation against a person who in good faith suspects and reports a breach of ethics will be treated as a separate breach of ethics;
- UWCWV will promptly and fairly resolve all reported breaches.