Code of Ethics

Members of the Foundation Board promote and adhere to the high ethical values and standards in this Code of Ethics.  They recognize their stewardship responsibility to ensure that needed resources are vigorously and ethically sought, and that the intent of the donor is honestly fulfilled.  They conduct their fundraising efforts with integrity, honesty, truthfulness and adherence to the absolute obligation to safeguard the public trust.

Furthermore, Foundation Board members:

  • treat all people with dignity and respect;
  • affirm, through personal giving, a commitment to the Kingston Public Library;
  • adhere to the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations;
  • value the privacy, freedom of choice and interests of all those affected by their actions;
  • disclose all relationships which  might constitute, or appear to constitute, conflicts of interest;
  • shall not pay, seek, or accept finder’s fees, commissions, or percentage-based compensation for obtaining philanthropic funds;
  • shall adhere to the principle that all donor and prospect information created by, or, on behalf of the Foundation is the property of the Foundation and shall not be transferred or utilized except on behalf of the Foundation;
  • shall not disclose privileged information to unauthorized parties;
  • shall keep constituent information confidential;
  • shall take care to ensure shall all solicitation materials are accurate and correctly reflect the Foundation’s mission and use of funds;
  • shall, to the best of their ability, ensure that contributions are used in accordance with donor’s intentions;
  • shall ensure, to the best of their ability, the proper stewardship of charitable contributions, including: timely reporting on the use and management of funds and explicit consent by the donor before altering the conditions of a gift;
  • shall ensure, to the best of their ability, that donors receive informed and ethical advice about the value and tax implications of potential gifts;
  • shall use accurate and consistent accounting methods; and
  • shall honor the Donor Bill of Rights.