...a demonstration of our commitment to high ethical standards.
Our code of ethics is a part of a larger, organization-wide commitment to ethical practices. Our values must be supported by policies and procedures that staff and board follow, and several of these policies are posted on our website. Bluffton Self Help’s Statement of Values and Code of Ethics was adapted from the model code of ethics for nonprofit organizations drafted by a special task force of BSH and distributed to board members for review on April 6, 2012. This was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors on April 10, 2012,
Our code of ethics is a part of a larger, organization-wide commitment to ethical practices. Our values must be supported by policies and procedures that staff and board follow, and several of these policies are posted on our website.
Bluffton Self Help’s Statement of Values and Code of Ethics was adapted from the model code of ethics for nonprofit organizations drafted by a special task force of BSH and distributed to board members for review on April 6, 2012. This was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors on April 10, 2012,
All staff, board members and volunteers of Bluffton Self Help act with honesty, integrity and openness whenever they represent the organization. Bluffton Self Help promotes a working environment that values respect, confidentiality, fairness and integrity.
“Founded in 1988 to help Bluffton neighbors in critical need of short-term financial assistance,
food and clothing, while supporting them to become more self-reliant.”
Bluffton Self Help has a clearly stated mission and purpose, approved by the board of directors, in pursuit of the public good. All of its programs support that mission and all who work for or on behalf of Bluffton Self Help understand and are loyal to that mission and purpose. The mission is responsive to the constituency and communities served by Bluffton Self Help and of value to the society at large.
Bluffton Self Help has a board of directors that is responsible for setting the mission and strategic direction of the organization and for oversight of the finances, operations, and policies of Bluffton Self Help. The board:
Bluffton Self Help is knowledgeable of and complies with all U.S. laws, regulations and applicable State of South Carolina and Beaufort County laws and regulations.
Bluffton Self Help manages its funds responsibly and prudently. Bluffton Self Help:
Bluffton Self Help provides comprehensive and timely information to the public, the media, and all stakeholders and is responsive in a timely manner to reasonable requests for information. All information about Bluffton Self Help fully and honestly reflects its policies and practices. Basic informational data about Bluffton Self Help, such as the Form 990 and audited financial statements are posted on Bluffton Self Help’s website or otherwise available to the public. All solicitation materials accurately represent Bluffton Self Help’s policies, practices, and programs. All financial, organizational, and program reports are complete and accurate in all material respects.
Bluffton Self Help regularly reviews program effectiveness and has mechanisms to incorporate lessons learned into future programs. Bluffton Self Help is committed to improving program and organizational effectiveness and developing mechanisms to promote learning from its activities and the field. Bluffton Self Help is responsive to changes in its field of activity and is responsive to the needs of its constituencies.
Bluffton Self Help is committed to inclusiveness and diversity in its staff, board and volunteers. Bluffton Self Help takes meaningful steps to promote inclusiveness in its hiring, retention, promotion, board recruitment and constituencies served.
When raising funds, Bluffton Self Help is truthful in its solicitation materials. Bluffton Self Help respects the privacy concerns of individual donors, expends funds consistent with donor intent, and discloses important and relevant information to potential donors. In raising funds from the public, Bluffton Self Help respects the rights of donors:
Note: These ten points are adapted from A Donor Bill of Rights, developed by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and endorsed by Bluffton Self Help.
President, BSH Board of Directors