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I. The Role of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations
Iowa charitable nonprofit organizations are the essence of community. Iowa’s citizens, volunteering in the thousands, build our communities. On their own initiative, Iowans address local needs, formulate values, and take action through these voluntary associations. Community organizations range across the broad spectrum of daily life and include religion, health, social services, education, culture, community development, housing and human rights. Many are small and financially fragile, yet they are vital factors in making Iowa a great place to work and live. It is only with these crucial community nonprofit associations that Iowa advances economically and socially. The people of Iowa should recognize and support the contribution of the charitable nonprofits to their community through volunteer effort and donations.
1. Charitable nonprofits must be publicly open and accountable, must be well managed, and must continually build trust with the public by appropriate financial reporting, communications with the public about significant contributions to the community with the charity’s funds and programs, and strongly evident commitment to ethical behavior.....B. Principle
– Financial Accountability
A charitable organization is accountable to its funders, its constituencies, and the public, both as to the sources and uses of funding......
1. Communication is a form of accountability to the organization’s constituencies. It
should be oriented to the constituencies and thus requires an outreach mindset.
2. A goal of a charitable nonprofit’s communication should be transparency which
a. continually building trust with the public by appropriate financial reporting b.communication with the public about significant contributions to the community with the charity’s funds and programs
c. strongly evident commitment to ethical behavior.
3. Communication should be strategic, integrated, and central to the organization’s
4. Messages must be timely, informative, clear, and forthright with openness and
candor about bad news as well as good news
5. Effective communication identifies:
a. the constituencies who are to receive the message b. the content of the message to be delivered
c. the method of delivering the message
6. Constituencies are both internal, including the board, staff, and volunteers, and external including the people who receive the organizations’ services, the funders, the regulators, and the general public. ....
1. Government Regulation
– Federal, state, local:
a. Tort and Contractual Liability
- The concept of charitable immunity from lawsuits has been eliminated. Therefore, directors and officers are liable for organizational torts and breaches of contract where they are negligent and third parties have been injured......b. Ethics codes –
Ethics require subordinating self interest in favor of the public interest. Ethics codes set a higher standard of conduct than the law. Ethics go to the essence of our beliefs and how we feel and care for others. A code of ethics demands a sense of responsibility and courtesy to others. Others come ahead of our own interests. Nonprofit ethics codes cover such issues as obeying the law, respect for the worth and dignity of individuals, diversity, fairness, openness, honesty, prudent application of organizational resources, and professional conduct in service to others......
Duty of Care
– Board members and officers must meet the duty of care by exercising their responsibilities in good faith and with diligence, attention, care, and skill. (For nonprofit corporations, see Iowa Code 504.831; for charitable trusts, see Iowa Code 633A .4203.) This includes both decision making and oversight responsibilities and is fulfilled by such things as attending board meetings regularly, entering discussions, reading minutes, learning about the organization’s programs, maintaining careful oversight of finances, and questioning unclear or troubling activity.
The charity is legally accountable to the public for its use of funding, so I have every right to post mainstream newspaper articles about its vendor. It is high time the leadership of this charity quit threatening me and start fulfilling their fiduciary duties. The Byers conduct online is reprehensible and should be addressed immediately.