MNA Board Adopts Code of Ethics
By Grant Steves
The MNA Board has adopted a Code of Ethics that defines fairness where conflicts arise – independence, conflicts of intent, and the need to separate personal needs from those of MNA as an organization.
This code describes principles and values to help Board members better understand and meet expectations and requirements of MNA.
This decision was made because of the growth of MNA, and a greater need to define professional responsibility as new Board members are elected. It will also assure the membership that we are following ethical standards in our judgment.
Minnesota Atheists Code of Ethics
- The Board members must adhere to the Constitution and their Constitutional responsibilities.
- The Board members shall not engage in activities that harm MNA.
- The Board members shall not engage in activities that conflict with their fiduciary, ethical, and legal obligations to MNA members.
- The Board members shall effectively disclose all potential and actual conflicts of interest; such disclosure does not preclude or imply ethical impropriety.
- The Board members shall take care to ensure that contributions are used in accordance with donors’ intentions.
- The Board members shall take care to ensure proper stewardship of all revenue sources, including timely reports on the use and management of such funds.
- Minnesota Atheists will not share, in the absence of a proper legal demand, information it collects about its members or any other interested persons, including but not limited to names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and financial data, with anyone without prior consent of the person or persons whose information would be disclosed. Access to personal information will be restricted to those who need it in order to maintain membership rolls and tax information and to distribute publications, announcements, and calls for donations produced by and directly related to Minnesota Atheists. No member of Minnesota Atheists is to use, to solicit goods, services or charitable donations from any member, whether personally or on behalf of any other organization, any information collected by Minnesota Atheists. Members may, however, engage in such transactions with other members with whom they have a personal relationship, but not with information given to that member by Minnesota Atheists.