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Statement of Values

Any code of ethics is built on a foundation of widely shared values. The Scout Oath and The Scout Law are the foundational words of our movement. The National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America values also include:

The Code of Ethics

I. Personal and Professional Integrity
All staff, board members, and volunteers of the National Capital Area Council act with honesty, integrity, and openness in all their dealings as representatives of the council. The council promotes a working environment that values respect, fairness, and integrity.

II. Mission
The council has a clearly stated mission and purpose, approved by the board of directors, in pursuit of the public good. All of its programs support that mission, and all who work for or on behalf of the council understand and are loyal to that mission and purpose. The mission is responsive to the constituency and communities served by the council and of value to the society at large.

III. Governance
The council has an active governing body that is responsible for setting the mission and strategic direction of the council and oversight of the finances, operations, and policies of the council. The governing body:

IV. Legal Compliance
The council is knowledgeable of and complies with all laws, regulations, and applicable international conventions.

V. Responsible Stewardship
The council manages its funds responsibly and prudently. This should include the following considerations:

VI. Openness and Disclosure
The council 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 the council will fully and honestly reflect the policies and practices of the council. Basic informational data about the council, such as the Form 990, reviews and compilations, and audited financial statements will be posted on the council’s website or otherwise available to the public. All solicitation materials accurately represent the council’s policies and practices and will reflect the dignity of program beneficiaries. All financial, organizational, and program reports will be complete and accurate in all material respects.

VII. Program Evaluation
The council regularly reviews program effectiveness and has mechanisms to incorporate lessons learned into future programs. The council is committed to improving program and organizational effectiveness, and develops mechanisms to promote learning from its activities and the field. The council is responsive to changes in its field of activity and to the needs of its constituencies.

VIII. Inclusiveness and Diversity
The council has a policy of promoting inclusiveness, and its staff, board, and volunteers reflect diversity in order to emich its programmatic effectiveness. The council takes meaningful steps to promote inclusiveness in its hiring, retention, promotion, board recruitment, and constituencies served.

IX. Fundraising
Councils, when raising funds from the public or from donor institutions, are truthful in their solicitation materials. Councils respect the privacy concerns of individual donors and expend funds consistent with donor intent. Councils disclose important and relevant information to potential donors.

In raising funds from the public, councils will respect the following rights of donors:


1 These 10 points are taken from A Donor Bill of Rights, developed by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and endorsed by INDEPENDENT SECTOR.