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The mission of the United Way of Delta County is to improve our community’s capacity to care for one another.
The United Way of Delta County is about taking care of our community. In partnership and collaboration, we work with our community to address literacy, health, and other issues that impact local residents. Our annual campaign is an opportunity to grow our resources to impact local programs that are responsive to those in need. Community support is essential as we work together to improve our community’s capacity to care for one another.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
United Way of Delta County recognizes diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values that are critical to achieving our mission to improve lives. In order to achieve lasting change in community conditions and improve people’s lives, United Way values diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work.
We recognize diversity as an asset that enables our organization to understand and value differences. We actively seek collaborations with differing identities, like race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and age. By bringing together individuals with unique backgrounds, experiences, and ways of thinking, we can collectively and more effectively address the issues facing our communities.
Equity ensures everyone access to opportunities for a healthy and safe life. We recognize that advantages and barriers exist, and that, as a result, we all don’t start from the same place. Equity is a process that continues to address the imbalance. We place a priority on support for vulnerable populations with our investments and our partnerships.
We strive to maintain a collaborative, supportive, and respectful environment that increases the participation and contribution of all. Our United Way values inclusion–the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity within a culture that enables all people to be welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.
Through partnerships with nonprofits, local government, businesses, community advocates and volunteers, we are building a just and fair community in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. The United Way Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and community partners must reflect and genuinely demonstrate these core values because diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to Live United.
United Way of Delta County
Ethical Guidelines Policy
United Way of Delta County (UWDC) is committed to the highest ethical standards. Indeed, based on the unique trust placed in UWDC to serve the public good, we have a special obligation to act ethically.
The success of the United Way system and our reputation depend upon the ethical conduct of everyone affiliated with the UWDC. Volunteers, staff, and representatives set an example for each other, and for United Way Member Agencies, by their pursuit of excellence in high standards of performance, professionalism, and ethical conduct.
This UWDC Code of Ethics (Code) is based on our mission and guided by our vision statements.
While no document can anticipate all of the challenges that may arise, the Code communicates key guidelines and will assist UWDC volunteers, staff and representatives in making good decisions that are ethical and in accordance with applicable legal requirements. All are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns they have with the Board President or Executive Director
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY: A personal commitment to integrity in all circumstances benefits each individual as well as the organization. We therefore:
- Strive to meet the highest standards of performance, quality, service and achievement in working towards the ideals of United Way of Delta County.
- Communicate honestly and openly and avoid misrepresentation.
- Promote a working environment where honesty, open communication and minority opinions are valued.
- Exhibit respect and fairness toward all those with whom we come into contact.
ACCOUNTABILITY: United Way of Delta County is responsible to its stakeholders, which include donors and others who have placed faith in the organization. To uphold this trust we:
- Promote good stewardship of United Way of Delta County resources.
- Refrain from using organizational resources for non-United Way of Delta County purposes.
- Observe and comply with all laws and regulations affecting United Way of Delta County.
SOLICITATIONS AND VOLUNTARY GIVING: The most responsive contributors are those who have the opportunity to become informed and involved. We therefore:
- Promote voluntary giving in dealing with donors and vendors.
- Refrain from any use of coercion in fundraising activities, including predicting professional advancement on response to solicitations.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST: To avoid any conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest which could tarnish the reputation of United Way of Delta County, staff and representatives:
- Avoid any activity or outside interest which conflicts or appears to conflict with the best interest of United Way of Delta County.
- Ensure that travel, entertainment and related expenses are incurred on a basis consistent with the ideals of United Way of Delta County and not for personal gain or interests.
- Decline any gift, gratuity or favor in the performance of United Way of Delta County duties except for promotional items of nominal value, and any food, transportation, lodging or entertainment unless directly related to United Way of Delta County business.
- Refrain from influencing the selection of staff, consultants or vendors who are relatives or personal friends or are affiliated with or employed by a person with whom they have a relationship that adversely affects the appearance of impartiality.
- Acknowledge receipt of this document by signing the accompanying form at the time of acceptance of Board nomination or employment.
- Complete an inventory of United Way of Delta County agency board affiliations and those with related organizations on an annual basis. This document will remain on file in the office of United Way of Delta County for all active Board members.
UNITED WAY OF DELTA COUNTY VOLUNTEERS:
- Should not knowingly take any action, or make any statement, intended to influence the conduct of United Way of Delta County in such a way as to confer any financial benefit on themselves, their immediate family members or any organization in which they or their immediate family members have a significant interest as stakeholders, directors or officers.
- Members of the Board shall inform the President of United Way of Delta County of all known potential conflicts of interest. If significant potential conflict exists, this should be documented and the member should refrain from vote or discussion on matters that might call their impartiality into question related to the potential conflict. The members abstention shall be noted in the Board minutes.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND PRIVACY: Confidentiality is a hallmark of professionalism. We therefore:
- Ensure that all information, which is confidential, privileged or nonpublic, is not disclosed inappropriately.
- Respect the privacy rights of all individuals in the performance of our United Way of Delta County.
POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS: As a charitable corporation, United Way of Delta County is prohibited from making contributions to any candidate for public office or to any political committee. We therefore:
- Refrain from making any contributions to any candidate for public offices or political committee on behalf of United Way of Delta County, including the use of United Way of Delta County facilities for political campaign activities.
- Refrain from making any contributions to any candidate for public offices or political committee in a manner that may create the appearance that the contribution is on behalf of United Way of Delta County.
GUIDANCE AND DISCLOSURE:
Volunteers, staff, and representatives are encouraged to seek guidance from the Board President and Executive Director concerning the interpretation or application of this Code of Ethics. Any known or possible breaches of the Code of Ethics should be disclosed. Staff and representatives should contact the Executive Director. Volunteers should contact the President of the Board. Reports of possible breaches will be handled in the following manner:
- All reports of possible breaches will be treated in confidence as much as the organization’s duty to investigate and the law allow. If confidentiality cannot be maintained, the individual disclosing the possible breach will be notified.
- All reported breaches will be investigated expeditiously and, if needed, appropriate action taken based upon the policies of the organization.
- Retaliation against a person who suspects and reports a breach in good faith will be treated as an independent breach of the Code.
A. UWDC affirms prompt response and fair resolution of all reported breaches.