Hindu Community Institute is a 501c(3) non-profit California corporation dedicated to service learning

  • Authorizing individuals for committing funds and making payments.

 OUR CORE VALUES

 

 CODE OF CONDUCT

 

PROGRAM EVALUATION & CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENTS

FUNDRAISING & DONOR RELATIONSHIPS 

As a non-profit institution, founded on Hindu Vedic traditions and values, HCI is committed to adhering to the highest ethical standards and conduct. It is fully understood that all volunteers, donors and supporters are attracted to HCI because of the novelty of its mission and full transparency and accountability of its operations. Therefore, all stakeholders of HCI, including Board members, employees, and volunteers are expected to commit to the highest standards of integrity, honesty, fairness, openness, respect for all, and responsibility towards the advancement of the mission of HCI. HCI represents and welcomes ALL Hindus, regardless of their affiliations, beliefs, practices etc. Therefore, anyone identifying himself/herself as a Hindu or a friend of or believer in the Hindu tradition is welcome to participate and help at a level that fits his/her background and experience etc.  Where there are equals, merit and experience will be the criteria, not any specific affiliation.

 

The Board of Directors and management team are responsible for setting the strategic direction and for the oversight of policies, operations, finances and all other aspects of HCI. Specifically, they have the responsibility of putting in place and managing:

  • Processes for strict adherence to the rules of governance

  • Code of conduct for all stake holders

  • Mechanisms of raising funds on a timely basis

  • Conflict of interest policy and compliance

  • Setting performance goals and their measurements

  • Authorizing individuals for committing funds and making payments

  • Authorizing individuals as spokes persons for HCI

  • Strong working relationships between Board, employees, volunteers, and all others

  • Insuring inclusive HR policies where applicable insuring fairness and inclusiveness

  • Providing regular progress reports to the donors and the community

  • Maintaining strategic relationships with institutions of the Hindu and other faiths

HCI will regularly measure outcomes and effectiveness of its programs. Along with progress reports, there will be the emphasis on best practices and lessons learned for future programs. HCI will strive to put in place a system of continuous improvements in both the effectiveness and efficiency of its programs.

TRANSPARENCY AND DISCLOSURE

 

HCI will provide regular progress reports to donors and other stakeholders, as well as the community at large.

All solicitation materials will be unambiguous and disclose important and relevant information to potential donors. Aspects such as privacy will be managed consistent with the donor wishes and as per applicable federal and state laws. Specifically, HCI will manage and respect donor relations by keeping them informed about:

  • Mission and use of funds

  • Profiles of individuals serving in Board and management positions

  • Regular financial reports

  •  Assure that funds directed to a project are deployed accordingly

  • Full and proper authorization of persons soliciting funds for HCI

  • Not to share donor names without their written authorization

  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt and forthright answers

CONFLICT OF INTEREST 

All decisions makers within HCI will be required to sign an agreement relative to full disclosure and conflict of interest in handling hiring, promotions, firing, spending, contract management etc. involving people and finds. The Board will treat any violations with strict and maximum consequences allowed by law.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will HCI tolerate ANY BEHAVIOR on the part of ANY OF ITS STAKE HOLDERS that may be seen as harassment or sexual harassment in terms of verbal, physical, emotional or other forms of communications, behavior or treatment of others. Once known, management will take full actions, including engagement of the applicable law and order authorities.