The Mission of Kids Chance of Nebraska is to provide financial support to further the education of the children of Nebraska workers who have been severely injured, totally disabled or killed as a result of employment related injuries or occupational diseases. It is the goal of Kids’ Chance of Nebraska to make a difference in the lives of these children by providing scholarships to help eligible students achieve both their educational goals and their families’ dreams.
Code of Ethics
I – Personal and Professional Integrity
Kids’ Chance of Nebraska through its Officers, Board of Directors, and volunteers shall act with honesty, integrity, and openness in all their dealings as representatives of the organization.
II – Governance
Kids’ Chance of Nebraska shall maintain an active Board of Directors dedicated to the organization’s mission. The Board of Directors shall oversee and effectuate the policies of the organization pursuant to its adopted bylaws.
Further the Board of Directors shall insure that the policies of Kids’ Chance of Nebraska are placed in writing and clearly articulated and that the finances of Kids’ Chance of Nebraska are responsibly and prudently managed to insure that its programs may be carried out effectively.
III – Legal Compliance
Kids’ Chance of Nebraska shall remain knowledgeable of and shall comply with all laws, regulations, and applicable rules pertaining to its status as a non-profit corporation.
IV – Passion
Kids’ Chance of Nebraska shall approach each action of the organization with passion. We are devoted to spreading the mission and increasing the positive impact this organization has on opportunity for the children we serve.
V – Fundraising
Kids’ Chance of Nebraska shall utilize truthful solicitation materials, will respect the privacy concerns of donors, and expend donor funds consistent with donor intent. All donors have the right 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. All donors have the right to have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers to inquiries.
VI – Awarding of Scholarships
The Board of Directors shall faithfully adhere to scholarship eligibility criteria in awarding scholarships and carefully observe those criteria in conjunction with the availability of funds.
VII – Conflict of Interest Policy
It is the policy of Kids’ Chance of Nebraska, Inc. (“Kids’ Chance”) that its employees and Directors avoid conflicts of interest with Kids’ Chance or the appearance of conflicts of interest whenever possible. The most blatant forms of conflicts of interest, namely, accepting kickbacks, bribes, or other consideration in exchange for: i) the awarding of scholarships, or ii) the purchase by Kids’ Chance of goods or services, are expressly forbidden. In addition, employees should not engage in situations, transactions or relationships that may be conflicts of interest, or give the appearance of such, prior to review and approval by the Executive Committee as provided for in this policy.
In the course of performing duties as employees or Directors, all employees and Directors are expected to act in the best interests of Kids’ Chance. Before an employee or Director enters into any transaction or relationship that might be considered a conflict of interest, he/she must make a written request for approval to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will promptly review the proposed transaction or relationship and will notify the employee or Director in writing of its decision to approve or reject the proposed transaction or relationship. If a member of the Executive Committee is the person who has requested approval of the proposed transaction or relationship, he/she will not participate in the review or decision.
In the event of the existence of situations, transactions, or relationships that may be construed as conflicts of interest, disclosure is required. It is important for the protection of both the involved employee/Director and Kids’ Chance that any such situations be fully disclosed. It is then the responsibility of the Executive Committee to determine if the conflict must be eliminated. Undisclosed and/or unapproved conflicts of interest on the part of an employee or Director may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or removal from the Board of Directors.
Matters to be disclosed include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Transactions or relationships, including the purchase and/or sale of goods and/or services, between Kids’ Chance and organizations that are directly or indirectly owned by an employee or Director of Kids’ Chance or his/her immediate family (i.e., spouse, parent, children, brothers or sisters).
2. Employment by Kids’ Chance of a member of an employee’s or a Director’s family. All employees and Directors shall complete a Conflict of Interest Statement on an annual basis, which shall be submitted to the Executive Committee. In addition, during the year, employees and Directors are required to inform the Executive Committee of any situations that have arisen or are expected to arise that should be disclosed. It is the responsibility of the Executive Committee to notify an employee or Director affected by a conflict if the conflict must be eliminated.