We’re committed to our community, but our commitment to being fiscally sound and transparent guides everything we do. More than 99% of our total funds remain in Forsyth County and 87% is directly invested in services critical to our community.

United Way of Forsyth County reserves the right to take photos and video on United Way of Forsyth County property, at United Way hosted events, or at general events open to the public.

By registering for and/or participating in United Way of Forsyth County events,

• I hereby authorize and consent that United Way of Forsyth County shall have the absolute right to copyright, publish, use and/or assign any and all photographic portraits or pictures, video and/or sound recordings, or any part thereof, they have taken or made of me in which I may be included in whole or in part, whether apart from or in connection with, illustrative or written printed matter, story or news item, motion picture, television or radio spots, or for publicity, advertising, or any other lawful purpose whatsoever, in conjunction with my own or a fictitious name, or in reproductions thereof in color or otherwise.

• I hereby waive all claims for any compensation for such use or for damages.

• I hereby waive any right that I may have to inspect and/or approve the finished product or the advertising copy that may be used in connection therewith or the use to which it may be applied.

• I hereby warrant that I am of full age and have every right to contract in my own name in the above regard.

United Way of Forsyth County is uniquely dependent on public confidence and transacts its business in conformance with applicable laws and regulations and in conformity with the highest ethical standards. The following is to guide employees in their actions and relationships, to avoid not only actual wrongdoing, but also the appearance of having their judgment or performance of duties compromised.

Disclosure of Information

Internal company, affiliated agency and personnel information is considered to be privileged and confidential; therefore, employees will adhere to the following guidelines:

•Caution and discretion are required in order to safeguard the confidential nature concerning our transactions with present and prospective agencies and contributors, other institutions and suppliers. Such information should only be shared with those who have a legitimate business need to know.

•Confidential information obtained as a result of comments made within United Way shall not be used for the purpose of private interests.

•United Way respects the right of employees to privacy in matters that have no relation to their employment. Matters of a personal nature should be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

At the core, to care for one another, we have to trust one another.

As volunteers, employees, and representatives of United Way of Forsyth County, we have a responsibility to uphold the highest of ethical standards—both for ourselves and for the benefit of our community. We believe these standards go beyond compliance with laws and regulations—calling us to fulfill higher obligations as stewards of the public trust.

This Code of Ethics is an important way for us to reaffirm our ethical commitments. It sets forth the principles and standards that guide our decisions and actions. As you are probably aware, many of the ideas that are included within the Code have come from discussions with our employees and volunteers over the last few years. This collaborative process has been essential in developing the Code and has made it a document that reflects and is more responsive to our needs.

As we read the Code, we must remember that it is more than a set of standards and responsibilities. It is a way of connecting our values and our ideals with the work we do every day. The Code is not just about what we should do, but why we do it.

Of course, no document can give us all the answers to our ethics questions. This Code is meant to help us further the discussion of ethics in our workplace. It also encourages us to seek guidance and clarification when we have questions about applying our principles and standards. The involvement of all our employees and volunteers is essential to upholding these principles and standards. Only by continuing to work together on these issues can we ensure that the United Way of Forsyth County fulfills its commitment to build and maintain the public trust in all that we do.

United Way of Forsyth County’s Board of Directors reaffirmed its Code of Ethics on August 28, 2007.

Your United Way is making real, long-lasting changes in community conditions – changes that make great things happen in Forsyth County. United Way of Forsyth County is working on the 2015 Annual Report and expects to have it issued later in the year.