Code of Ethics





United Way of Saginaw County (UWSC) is committed to the highest ethical standards.  The success of our

United Way
depends upon the ethical conduct of everyone affiliated with UWSC.  This Code establishes key guidelines to assist UWSC volunteers and staff in making good decisions that are ethical and in accordance with applicable legal requirements.


  1. Personal and Professional Integrity
    1. Strive to meet the highest standards of performance, quality, service and achievement in working towards the UWSC mission.
    2. Communicate honestly and openly and avoid misrepresentation.
    3. Promote a working environment where honesty, open communication and minority opinions are valued.
    4. Exhibit respect and fairness toward all those with whom we come into contact.


  1. Accountability
    1. Promote good stewardship of UWSC resources that are used to pay operating expense, salaries and employee benefits.
    2. Observe and comply with all laws and regulations affecting UWSC.


  1. Solicitations and Voluntary Giving
    1. Promote voluntary giving in dealing with donors.
    2. Refrain from any use of coercion in fundraising activities.


  1. Diversity and Equal Opportunity
    1. Value, champion, and embrace diversity in all aspects of UWSC activities.  UWSC respects others without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, handicap, national origin or ancestry.


  1. Conflicts of Interest

UWSC Staff:

    1. Avoid any activity or outside interest which conflicts or appears to conflict with the best interest of UWSC, including involvement with a current or potential UWSC vendor, grantee, or competing organization unless disclosed to and not deemed to be inappropriate by the UWSC Board of Directors.

UWSC Volunteers:

  1. Should not knowingly take any action, or make any statement, intended to influence the conduct of UWSC in such a way to confer any financial benefit to 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.
  2. Disclose all known conflicts or potential conflicts of interest in any manner before the Board of Directors, if they are Board members, or any committee upon which they serve.


  1. Confidentiality
    1. Ensure that all information, which is confidential, privileged, or nonpublic, is not disclosed inappropriately.


Volunteers and staff are encouraged to seek guidance from the Board of Directors concerning the interpretation or application of this Code of Ethics.  Any known or possible breaches of the Code of Ethics should be disclosed to the Board of Directors for investigation to a prompt and fair resolution.