To ensure that the Rogue River Institute (RRI) fulfills its mission and pursues its vision in an exemplary manner and in accordance with its beliefs and the highest standards of ethical conduct, the Board of Directors has adopted this Code of Conduct. This Code should be read with RRI’s mission in mind and with the understanding that they are an integral part of all the Foundation’s policies.
All participants of RRI meetings and events– including, but not limited to, board meetings, fundraisers, camping, and rafting excursions – are expected to abide by this Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct applies to all venues, including ancillary events and social gatherings, and online forums and discussions associated with the organization.
RRI values the diversity of views, expertise, opinions, backgrounds, and experiences reflected among all Officers, Board Members, Volunteers, Participants, and Aides. We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all participants of RRI events. This Code of Conduct is important to promoting diversity and creating an inclusive, supportive, collaborative, and safe environment for all people.
Honest and Ethical Conduct
All actions by RRI’s Officers, Board Members, Volunteers, Participants, and Aides, including all dealings among them and with grantees, regulators and others, shall be characterized by honesty, integrity and fairness in all respects.
It is the policy of RRI to comply fully with, and to require its Officers, Board Members, Volunteers, Participants, Aides, and Independent Contractors to comply fully with all laws, rules, and regulations of governmental agencies or authorities.
It is the responsibility of each Officers, Board Members, Volunteers, Participants, Aides, and Independent Contractor to be familiar with the mission, vision and beliefs of the organization and to read and comply with policies adopted by the Board of Directors.
Confidentiality of Information
Officers, Board Members, and Volunteers owe a duty of loyalty to the organization. This duty of loyalty requires each person to respect the confidentiality of information gained during their activities. No representative of the organization shall make personal use of information received while serving if such use would be detrimental in any way to the organization.
It is specifically understood that the duty of confidentiality includes (but is not limited to) the duty to keep confidential any sensitive information.
No Officer, Board Member, Volunteer, Participant, Aide, or Independent Contractor shall, in the name or on behalf of RRI (i) participate or become actively involved in any political campaign or in any other types of political activities or (ii) provide financial support for, or make contributions to or for the benefit of, any political candidate, political party, or political action committee or provide financial support for any other political objective.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, Officers, Board Members, Volunteers, Participants, and Aides may participate, on behalf of RRI, in self-defense lobbying relating to potential regulation of private foundations, provided: (i) the Board is advised of the nature of such participation in advance and (ii) such activities are permissible under the Internal Revenue Code. RRI also recognizes that each of its Officers, Board Members, Volunteers, Participants, Aides, and Independent Contractors has the right as a citizen to become involved in his or her individual capacity in the political process. Any such political participation, involvement or support must be carried out or provided only in such person’s individual capacity.