Code of Ethics

United Way of the Midlands (UWM) is committed to the highest ethical standards. Based on the unique trust placed in UWM to serve the public good, we have a special obligation to act ethically. The success of United Way and our reputation depend upon the ethical conduct of everyone affiliated with UWM. Volunteers, staff and representatives set an example for each other by their pursuit of excellence in high standards of performance, professionalism and ethical conduct.

This Code of Ethics (Code) is based on our mission and guided by our fundamental values: Integrity, Impact, Volunteerism, Inclusiveness and Leadership (See Our Core Values). We are mindful that these core values must be clearly articulated, communicated and continuously reinforced. In addition, more detailed policies, guidelines, explanations, definitions and examples are often needed to bring these values into actual practice. While no document can anticipate all of the challenges that may arise, the Code communicates key guidelines and will assist UWM 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 a supervisor and/or the President/CEO.

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 fulfilling UWM’s mission;
•    Communicate honestly and openly;
•    Promote a working environment where minority opinions are valued; and
•    Exhibit respect and fairness toward all those with whom we come into contact.

ACCOUNTABILITY: UWM is responsible to its stakeholders, which include UWM partner organizations, donors and others who have placed faith in UWM.

We therefore:
•    Promote good stewardship of UWM revenues, including grants, contracts, individual & corporate contributions and other contributions that provide agency grants, expenses, salaries and employee benefits;
•    Apply UWM organizational resources to benefit the community and its underserved residents; and
•    Observe and comply with all laws and regulations affecting UWM.

SOLICITATIONS AND VOLUNTARY GIVING: The most responsive contributors are those who have the opportunity to become informed and involved.

We therefore:
•    Promote voluntary giving among employees and vendors; and
•    Encourage corporate partners to create an environment that encourages engagement but discourages solicitations that are tied to professional advancement, and coercive solicitation practices.

INCLUSION: UWM values diversity in its employees and volunteers as a resource, which adds to our ability to understand and to respond to our total community. This respect for differences is reflected in our responsiveness to our fellow co-workers, volunteers and to the people we serve.

We therefore:
•    Provide equal employment opportunities to all people without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.
•    Assure equal opportunity and equal consideration to all applicants and employees.
•    Are committed to understanding the political, economic, social and cultural context of our work activities.
•    Act in ways that respect the dignity, uniqueness, and intrinsic worth of every person- the community, the donors, our own staff and families, boards and volunteers.

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