HCI COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS
OUR COUNSELORS* ARE HERE TO SERVE
Counselors of Hindu Tradition (CHT) are trained at HCI by world-class faculty and certified through a rigorous yearlong education and field experience. In the field, they are supported by senior mentors with specialized experience.
Our founding mission is to enhance Quality of Life in the community. If you are ready to contribute, we invite you to volunteer, make donations and join the CHT course.
Our services are donor-supported and do not require payment. We do encourage donations on our website (at this donation link).
HCI CORE VALUES AND CODE OF CONDUCT
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 the Hindu tradition is welcome to participate and help at a level that fits his/her background and experience. Where there are equals, merit and experience will be the criteria, not any particular affiliation. HCI services are available to all community members, regardless of their ethnic, religious and civic affiliation or origin.
HCI Code applies to all stakeholders of HCI
a. Board & Management Set the Standards
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:
i. Processes for strict adherence to the rules of governance.
ii. Code of conduct for all stakeholders
iii.Mechanisms of raising funds on a timely basis
iv.Conflict of interest policy and compliance.
v. Setting performance goals and measurements.
vi. Authorizing individuals for committing funds and making payments.
vii. Authorizing individuals as spokespersons for HCI.
viii. Strong working relationships between Board, employees, volunteers, and all others.
ix. Ensuring inclusive HR policies where applicable ensuring fairness and inclusiveness.
x. Providing regular progress reports to the donors and the community.
xi. Maintaining strategic relationships with institutions of the Hindu and other faiths.
b. Transparency and Disclosure
HCI will provide regular progress reports to donors and other stakeholders, as well as the community at large. Basic informational data will also be posted on the HCI website from time to time.
c. Program Evaluation & Continuous Improvements
HCI will regularly measure the outcomes and effectiveness of its programs. Along with progress reports, there will be an 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.
d. Fundraising & Donor Relationships
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:
i. The mission of HCI, and use of funds.
ii. Profiles of individuals serving in Board and management positions.
iii.Regular financial reports
iv. Assure that funds directed to a project are deployed accordingly.
v. Full and proper authorization of persons soliciting funds for HCI
vi. Not to share donor names without their written authorization.
vii. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt and forthright answers.
f. Conflict of Interest
All decisions makers within HCI will be required to sign an agreement relative to full disclosure and conflict of interest in regards to 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.
e. 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.