Code of ethics
EDCI is built on a foundation of widely shared values. These values include:
These values lead directly to the Code of Ethics that follows. The values inform and guide
the way we — EDCI’s Board members, staff, and volunteers — should perform our responsibilities when acting on behalf of the organization
Personal and professional integrity
All staff, Board members and volunteers of EDCI act with honesty, integrity and openness
in our dealings as representatives of the organization. EDCI promotes a working
environment that values respect, fairness and integrity, and we put the needs of the
organization in front of personal gain and interest.
EDCI has a clearly stated mission and purpose, approved by the Board of Directors, in pursuit of the public good.
Our mission is to assist individuals and families to meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life.
All of our programs support our mission and all who work for, or on behalf of, the organization understand and are loyal to that mission and purpose. The mission is responsive to the constituency and communities served by the organization and of value to society at large.
EDCI has a Board of Directors that is responsible for setting the mission and strategic direction of the organization and overseeing the finances, operations, and policies of the organization. The Board of Directors:
The Ethiopian Dream Center is committed to complying with all applicable laws and regulations.
EDCI manages its funds responsibly and prudently. We operate only in ways that are consistent with our mission, strategic vision, and values; our respect for our donors; and our goal of improving the lives of those we serve.
Our stewardship includes the following considerations:
We invest an adequate amount on administrative needs to ensure effective accounting systems, internal controls, competent staff, and other expenditures critical to professional management.
We compensate staff, and any others who may receive compensation, reasonably and appropriately.
We recognize the variety of factors that affect fundraising costs.
We do not accumulate excessive operating funds.
We ensure that all spending practices and policies are fair, reasonable, and appropriate to fulfill the mission of the organization.
All financial reports are factually accurate and complete in all material respects.
We allocate funds through processes that are fair, reasonable, and responsive to community needs.
Openness and disclosure
EDCI 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 EDCI will fully and honestly reflect the policies and practices of the organization. Basic informational data about the organization, such as the annual report and audited financial statements, will be posted on our website or otherwise available to the public. All solicitation materials accurately represent EDCI’s policies and practices and will respect the dignity of program beneficiaries. All financial, organizational, and program reports will be complete and accurate in all material respects.
Ongoing quality asurance and quality improvement
EDCI continuously monitors program effectiveness and has mechanisms to incorporate lessons learned into future programs. We are responsive to changes in our field of activity and responsive to the needs of our constituencies.
Inclusiveness and diversity
The Ethiopian Dream Center Inc. (EDCI) has a policy of promoting inclusiveness; the diversity among our staff, Board, and volunteers enriches our programmatic effectiveness. EDCI takes meaningful steps to promote inclusiveness in our hiring, retention, promotion, Board recruitment, and constituencies served.
The Ethiopian Dream Center Inc. (EDCI) is truthful in our solicitation materials. We respect the privacy concerns of individual donors and expend funds consistent with donor intent. EDCI discloses important and relevant information to potential donors.
In raising funds from public and private sources, EDCI will respect the rights of donors, as follows:
These ten points are taken from A Donor Bill of Rights, developed by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Cuncil for the Advancement and Support of Education, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and endorsed by Independent Sector.
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