Code of Ethics
The Jayla Kelis It’s Not Nice To Be A Bully Organization and its people are guided by a set of principles and values. The purpose of a code of ethics is to provide the board and volunteers with guidelines for ethical behavior and decision making. The code of ethics is posted on this website to demonstrate the organization's commitment and accountability toward the set of principles and values.
I. Professional Integrity
Board members and volunteers of the organization shall act with honesty, integrity, and transparency in all their dealings with each other and as representatives of the organization. The organization promotes an environment that values respect, fairness, integrity and collaboration.
II. Support of Mission
The organization's board of directors approved a clear stated mission and purpose- “Inspire, Motivate, and Encourage Youth To Be Kind, Respectful, And To Be The Best They Can Be!” In pursuit of the public good, all programs support the mission, and all who are a part of or act on behalf of the organization shall understand and be loyal to that mission and purpose. The mission is responsive to the constituency and communities served by the organization.
III. Governance and Accountability
The organization has an active board of directors that is responsible for setting the mission and strategic direction of the organization and has oversight of the finances, operations, and policies of the organization. The board of directors:
- Exercises reasonable care, good faith, loyalty, and due diligence in organizational affairs.
- Has a conflict-of-interest policy that ensures that any conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof, are avoided or appropriately managed for the protection and benefit of the organization.
- Ensures that the organization conducts all transactions and dealings with integrity and honesty.
- Ensures that the organization promotes working relationships with board members; volunteers.
- Ensures that the organization is fair and inclusive in its hiring and promotion policies and practices for all board; and volunteer positions.
- Ensures that the resources of the organization are responsibly and prudently managed.
- Ensures that the organization has the capacity to carry out its programs effectively.
IV. Legal Compliance
The organization is knowledgeable of and complies with all applicable laws, regulations, and international conventions.
V. Financial Stewardship
The organization manages its funds responsibly and prudently. This includes the following considerations:
- It spends a reasonable percentage of its annual budget on programs in pursuit of its mission.
- It spends an adequate amount on administrative expenses to ensure effective accounting systems, internal controls, competent staff, and other expenditures critical to professional management.
- It compensates staff, and any others who may receive compensation, reasonably and appropriately.
- It has reasonable fundraising costs; and recognizes the variety of factors that affect such costs.
- It ensures that all spending practices and policies are fair, reasonable, and appropriate to fulfill the mission of the organization.
- It ensures that financial reports are complete and accurate in all material respects.
VI. Transparency and Disclosure
The organization provides comprehensive and timely information to the public and all stakeholders and is responsive in a timely manner to reasonable requests for information. All information about the organization will fully and honestly reflect the policies and practices of the organization. Basic informational data about the organization, such as the Form 990, reviews and compilations, and audited financial statements will be posted on the organization’s website or otherwise made available to the public. All financial, organizational, and program reports will be complete and accurate in all material respects.
VII. Program Evaluation
The organization regularly reviews program effectiveness and has mechanisms to incorporate lessons learned into future programs. We are committed to improving program and organizational effectiveness and to develop mechanisms to promote learning from its activities in the field. In being responsive to changes in its field of activity, the organization is responsive to the needs of its constituencies.
VIII. Inclusiveness and Diversity
The organization has a policy of promoting inclusiveness and diversity in its staff, board, and volunteers in order to enrich its programmatic effectiveness. The organization takes meaningful steps to promote inclusiveness and diversity in its hiring, retention, promotion, board recruitment, and constituencies served.
In raising funds from the public, the organization will respect the rights of donors; as follows:
- To be informed of the mission of the organization, the way the resources will be used, and its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
- To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s board of directors and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to the organization’s most recent financial reports.
- To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
- To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
- To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by the law.
- To expect that all interactions with individuals representing the organization will be professional in nature.
- To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that the organization may intend to share.
- To feel free to ask questions when donating and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.