All nonprofit organizations require funding to achieve their goals. Private donations from individuals are important sources of funding by which a non-profit organization achieves its mission. Concerns may arise that accepting a sizable private donation may give the appearance of or actually compromise the ethical integrity of an organization. The establishment of a Task Force donation policy safeguards against such compromises by clarifying for both potential donors and the community at large the requisite criteria used by the organization in soliciting and accepting private donations from individuals.
In general, concerns about potential compromise do not arise with regard to private donations unless the donation is of substantial value. Thus, the Task Force Individual Donations Policy is applicable only to monetary or in-kind donations greater than $50,000.
The Task Force for Global Health (Task Force) will gratefully accept monetary or in-kind donations from any person (“Donor”) that meets the following eligibility criteria.
1. The Donor is not engaged in business activities that conflict in whole or in part with the goals of the Task Force or any of its disease- or condition-specific programs.
2. The Donor has not attempted to manipulate or influence the activities, policies, mission, and/or goals of the Task Force or any of its disease- or condition-specific programs as a condition or his/her donation.
3. The Donor’s donation is unrestricted, i.e., no conditions or requirements are being proposed by the Donor that must be satisfied by the Task Force to secure the donation. This does not preclude a Donor from making a donation that is earmarked for a specific purpose or program activity.
B. CONFLICT OF INTEREST
In addition to the aforementioned eligibility criteria, potential conflicts of interest will be avoided by adherence to the following requisite criteria for all private donations from individual Donors.
1. Donations will not be accepted in exchange for a position on the Board of Directors of the Task Force , nor will the Task Force solicit funds in exchange for a position on the Board of Directors of the Task Force nor the boards or advisory bodies of Task Force supporting organizations nor Task Force programs and projects .
2. The Task Force Board members and persons employed in key staff positions by the Task Force or any of its projects nor programs may not have a financial relationship with a potential Donor such that their personal financial interests and the financial interests of the Task Force or its programs may be perceived to be or may actually be in conflict. Serious financial conflicts of interest as described herein must be resolved before the Task Force may accept a donation from an individual donor with which a conflict exists.
C. OPEN DISCLOSURE
1. The Task Force will provide any Donor that wishes to donate to the program a copy of the Task Force Individual Donations Policy prior to acceptance of the donation.
2. The Task Force will provide a copy of the Individual Donations Policy to any individual or organization that requests it.
3. The Task Force will post its Individual Donations Policy on the official Task Force Internet site, www.taskforce.org.
D. OTHER ISSUES
1. All projects and programs that are part of the Task Force will adhere to The Task Force’s Individual Donations Policy.
2. The Task Force Development Committee will approve all private donations from individuals >$50,000. While such approval is not required prior to acceptance of an individual donation of $50,000 or less, the program or project director of a Task Force program or the Committee chair may request Board review of a proposed donation if he or she is concerned about the propriety of the donation.
3. The Task Force and each project and program will establish and implement funding development policies that promote well-balanced sources of funding throughout the organization.
4. In the event that The Task Force or any of its projects or programs is approached by a Donor to partner on a special project or program, the Task Force Executive Committee must evaluate the request. Such projects will only be undertaken with ECBM approval.
Kymberlee F. Estis is the Director of Communications and Development for The Task Force. For questions about this policy or additional information, please send an email to our Development office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
The Task Force for Global Health
Communications and Development Office
325 Swanton Way
Decatur, GA 30030