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Our Code of Ethics

Valley Health Foundation is accredited under the Standards for Excellence Institute®: Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. This is the nation’s highest level of accreditation for nonprofit governance and ethics and is based on a rigorous assessment process that measures an organization’s honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability.

As part of the accreditation process, Valley Health Foundation developed numerous policies and procedures to ensure adherence to the Institute’s guidelines. These policies include a Code of Ethics. Valley Health Foundation abides by a Code of Ethics that shapes our work and the manner in which we conduct our work.

Guiding Principles:

  • Respect for the communities we work with and serve.
  • Integrity in our actions.
  • Responsibility for our decisions and their consequences.

We are committed to:

  • Acting honestly, truthfully, and with integrity in all our transactions and dealings.
  • Avoiding conflicts of interest.
  • Appropriately handling actual or apparent conflicts of interest in our relationships.
  • Treating our employees, SCVH staff, and other stakeholders fairly.
  • Treating every individual with dignity and respect.
  • Treating our employees with respect, fairness, and good faith and providing conditions of employment that safeguard their rights and welfare.
  • Being a good corporate citizen and complying with both the spirit and the letter of the law.
  • Acting responsibly toward the communities in which we work and for the benefit of the communities that we serve.
  • Being responsible, transparent, and accountable for all of our actions.
  • Improving the accountability, transparency, ethical conduct, and effectiveness of the nonprofit field.

These values are further articulated in our Policy on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect.

Valley Health Foundation Board of Directors and employees comply with a Conflict of Interest policy which is reviewed and acknowledged/signed annually. The purpose of the Conflict of Interest policy is to prevent the personal interest of staff and board members from interfering with the performance of their duties to Valley Health Foundation, or result in personal financial, professional, or political gain on the part of such persons at the expense of Valley Health Foundation, or its members, supporters, and other stakeholders.

In addition, Valley Health Foundation has an External Grievance Policy in place so that members of the community may raise and share concerns at any time. Members of the public may contact Valley Health Foundation via phone, email, or mail to initiate the grievance process.