Building an organization that is committed to the highest ethical standards demands going beyond the law to foster practices that create an environment of transparency, accountability and integrity. The steps listed below will help every charitable organization reassure its stakeholders of its commitment to upholding the public trust that so vital to earning support and fulfilling its mission.
Creating an accountable organization is an ongoing process. Organizations should review recommended practices regularly with board and staff members, and adjust practices and communications as needed. Fortunately, no one has to start from scratch. There are many resources available as models, and we encourage you to share your policies and practices with colleagues.
The checklist contains actions Independent Sector recommends for every charitable organization.
Focus Areas: Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice