CODE OF ETHICS

Corporate Responsibility

United Way of the Piedmont (UWP) has a unique role as a community leader of philanthropy to benefit human services and as a major resource to local non-profit organizations. Since 1936, United Way of the Piedmont has strived to earn public trust through ethical, honest and responsible service. The continued success of United Way depends upon ethical conduct of its employees, volunteers and representatives.

United Way places the highest priority on its relationship with the community. As part of this relationship, United Way responds to, serves and supports the community by working to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another. In an effort to achieve this goal, United Way strives to create a vision and direction that will generate leadership and encourage the community to be the best it can be.

United Way employees should set an example for other nonprofit organizations by their high standards of performance, professionalism, volunteer and charitable activities, and ethical conduct.

This Code of Ethics is the policy of United Way of the Piedmont and expresses fundamental values. Accordingly, this Code guides the conduct of all employees, volunteers, and representatives of UWP, and is intended to foster an environment that promotes ethical conduct in carrying out their responsibilities.

Personal Integrity

A personal commitment to integrity in all circumstances benefits each individual as well as the organization. United Way employees:

  • Respect and seek out the truth to avoid misrepresentation
  • Ensure fairness and objectivity in all activities
  • Set an example, as employees of a leading nonprofit organization, for high standards of professionalism
  • Honor the right of privacy of all people, including co-workers, contributors, and beneficiaries
  • Exhibit respect and fairness toward all those with who we come into contact

Professional Excellence

As an employer, United Way of the Piedmont promotes professional excellence and encourages open and honest communication among all employees to create an atmosphere conducive to personal growth and career development.

United Way management:

  • Encourages employee development, and communicates with personnel to help them achieve their goals.
  • Evaluates employees on a fair and consistent basis, so that all employees know what is expected of them and how they are progressing toward fulfilling expectations.
  • Shows respect and empathy for employees, and is considerate while being mindful of managerial responsibilities.
  • Promotes a working environment where honesty, open communication and minority opinions are valued.

United Way employees:

  • Strive to meet performance standards at the highest level.
  • Refuse to engage in or tolerate any fraud, misuse, abuse or waste of United Way resources.
  • Encourage growth and self-improvement in themselves and their co-workers.
  • Exhibit respect for co-workers and all those they come into contact with.
  • Examine all alternatives with the understanding that the easiest action is not always in the best interest of the organization.

Accountability

United Way of the Piedmont has a responsibility to its customers which include donors, participating agencies, users of services, volunteers and the entire community. These customers have placed faith in UWP. To uphold this trust, United Way employees:

  • Make full and fair disclosure of all relevant information to customers, who have a right to know how their dollars are spent.
  • Use customer resources wisely, efficiently and objectively.
  • Are good stewards of all contributions and grants that are utilized by United Way to pay operating expenses, salaries and employee benefits, and refrain from allowing expenditures of United Way funds that, by nature or amount, do not directly advance United Way’s vision and mission.
  • Observe and comply with all laws and regulations affecting United Way of the Piedmont.

Voluntary Giving

United Way of the Piedmont believes in voluntary and informed giving. We believe that the most responsive contributors are those who have the opportunity to become informed and involved. We commit to a fund raising approach that is always conducted in a voluntary manner. Giving is a personal matter and decision; no form of coercion is acceptable. We believe that coercion creates animosity, hinders communications and understanding, and eventually leads to decreased support. The coercion of donors, whether real or implied, is contrary to the operating principles of United Way of the Piedmont.

Responsibilities to Volunteers

Volunteers who serve United Way of the Piedmont through its Board of Directors or in other ways are crucial to the success of United Way. In order to assist volunteers to serve effectively and to obtain satisfaction from their service, all United Way employees :

  • Support volunteers so they can perform to the highest level of their contribution and personal satisfaction.
  • Treat all volunteers with fairness, equity and respect, providing appropriate mechanisms for their views and interests to be expressed.
  • Involve volunteers at appropriate levels of the decision-making process.
  • Assist in the development and the understanding of the roles of volunteers and employees, respectively; set clear standards of performance for volunteers; and appropriately recognize their contributions.

Responsibilities of Volunteers

  • Review the Code of Ethics of United Way and ensure that they adhere to the spirit of the Code when making policy or otherwise managing the affairs of the organization.
  • Refrain from taking any action or making any statement intended to influence the conduct of United Way in such a way as to confer any financial benefit on such volunteers, their immediate family members, or any corporation in which they or their family members have a significant interest as stockholders, directors or officers.
  • Disclose all known conflicts or potential conflicts of interest in any manner before the Board of Directors (if they are Board members), or any committee upon which they serve. They volunteer should withdraw from discussion, review and voting in connection with the matter.
  • The disclosure and withdrawal shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting; and annual disclosure of potential conflicts shall be filed with the Board by each member.

Equal Opportunity

United Way of the Piedmont is an equal opportunity employer. United Way employees:

  • Respect all co-workers and all other individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or status as a qualified disabled or handicapped individual.
  • Support affirmative action and equal employment opportunity programs throughout United Way.
  • Refuse to engage in, or tolerate in others, any form of sexual harassment.

United Way of the Piedmont is fully committed to the funding of programs that provide equal opportunity and access for all, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, sex, age or national origin. In the implementation of this policy, UWP will continue to provide funding to programs that specific populations. Programs supported by United Way funds must be open to all people within that targeted population and programs may not discriminate within that specific targeted population. the intent of this policy is to provide funding to meet the needs of, and support the diversity of our community.

United Way of the Piedmont is fully committed to the recruitment of volunteers to fill all volunteers positions within the organization without regard to race, creed, color, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, sex, age or national origin. UWP will seek volunteers from the community who reflect and acknowledge the value of diversity.

Personal loans

It is the policy of United Way of the Piedmont to prohibit extending any personal loans to staff or volunteers. It is also the policy to prohibit any cash advances of payroll checks to UWP staff.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is the hallmark of professionalism. United Way of the Piedmont employees, volunteers and representatives:

  • Ensure that all information which is confidential or privileged or which is not publicly available is not disclosed inappropriately.
  • Ensure that all non-public information of other persons or firms acquired by United Way personnel in dealing with outside firms on behalf of United Way is treated as confidential and not disclosed.

Disclosure

United Way of the Piedmont employees, volunteers, and representatives are encouraged to disclose any perceived breaches of the Code of Ethics of which they are aware. Disclosure should be made to a supervisor, or to the Board of Directors. Any reported breaches will be investigated and appropriate action, if needed, will be taken. Confidentiality will be maintained, unless the matter raises serious legal implications. United Way management will not take any adverse action against employees solely for disclosing perceived breaches of the Code. United Way encourages all employees and volunteers to be prompt, open and forthright in reporting perceived breaches of the Code of Ethics.