Our Code of Ethics

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 Mesa United Way mission.
■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: Mesa United Way is responsible to its stakeholders, its contributors and others who have placed faith in Mesa United Way. To uphold this trust we:
■Promote good stewardship of Mesa United Way resources, including contributions and grants that are used to pay operating expenses, salaries, and employee benefits.
■Observe and comply with all laws and regulations affecting Mesa United Way.
■Will post the Annual Audit and 990 on the Mesa United Way website and have them available at the request of any inquirer.
■Will adhere to accepted business practices in the procurement and negotiation of contracts.

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 contributors and vendors.
■Refrain from any use of coercion in fundraising activities, including predicating professional advancement in response to solicitations.

Diversity and equal opportunity: Mesa United Way is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principle of diversity. We therefore:
■Value diversity in all aspects of Mesa United Way activities and respect the diversity of our employees, volunteers and board members.
■Support equal employment opportunity programs throughout Mesa United Way.
■Refuse to engage in or tolerate any unlawful discrimination or harassment.

Conflicts of interest: To avoid any conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest which could tarnish the reputation of Mesa United Way, Mesa United Way staff and representatives:
■Avoid any activity or outside interest which conflicts or appears to conflict with the best interest of Mesa United Way, including involvement with a current or potential Mesa United Way vendor, grantee, or competing organization unless disclosed to and not deemed to be inappropriate by the Mesa United Way Staff Ethics Officer and Mesa United Way Board.
■Ensure that outside employment and other activities do not adversely affect the performance of their Mesa United Way duties or the achievement of Mesa United Way's mission.
■Ensure that travel, entertainment and related expenses are incurred on a basis consistent with the mission of Mesa United Way and not for personal gain or interests.
■Decline any gift, gratuity or favor in the performance of Mesa United Way duties except for promotional items of nominal value, and any food, transportation, lodging or entertainment unless directly related to Mesa United Way business.
■Refrain from influencing the selection of staff, consultants or vendors who are relatives or personal friends or affiliated with, employ, or employed by a person with whom they have a relationship that adversely affects the appearance of impartiality.

Mesa United Way volunteers:
■Should not knowingly take any action, or make any statement, intended to influence the conduct of Mesa United Way in such a way 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.
■Disclose all known conflicts or potential conflicts of interest in any matter before the Board of Directors, if they are Board members, or any committee upon which they serve and withdraw from the meeting room during any discussion, review and voting in connection with such matter.
■Members of the Board shall annually file with the Staff Ethics Officer a disclosure of all known potential conflicts of interest.

Confidentiality and privacy: Confidentiality is a hallmark of professionalism. We therefore:
■Ensure that all information, which is confidential, privileged or nonpublic, is not disclosed except as provided by law.
■Respect the privacy rights of all individuals in the performance of their Mesa United Way duties.

Political contributions: As a charitable corporation, Mesa United Way 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 office or political committee on behalf of Mesa United Way, including the use of Mesa United Way facilities for political campaign activities.
■Refrain from making any contributions to any candidate for public office or political committee in a manner that may create the appearance that the contribution is on behalf of Mesa United Way.

GUIDANCE AND DISCLOSURE. Volunteers, staff, and representatives are encouraged to seek guidance from the Board and Staff Ethics Officer 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 a supervisor or the Staff Ethics Officer. Volunteers should contact a member of the Board. Reports of possible breaches will be handled in the following manner, in compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley requirement:
■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 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 of Ethics.

Mesa United Way affirms prompt and fair resolution of all reported breaches.