As a nonprofit organization seeking to strengthen the capacity
of the nonprofit sector primarily in the San Diego region, Nonprofit
Management Solutions believes in:
Commitment to the public good;
Accountability to the public;
Compliance with the law;
Promotion of client independence;
Respect for the worth and dignity of individuals;
Inclusiveness and social justice;
Respect for pluralism and diversity;
Transparency, integrity and honesty;
Responsible stewardship of resources;
Commitment to excellence and to maintaining the public trust;
Collaboration with others; and,
Ensuring our own competence through continual learning.
Code of Ethics
Personal and Professional Integrity - All staff, board
members and volunteers of NMS act with honesty, integrity and openness
in all their dealings as representatives of the organization. We
promote a working environment that values respect, fairness and
Mission Fulfillment - NMS has a clearly stated mission
and purpose, approved by the Board of Directors, in pursuit of the
public good. We are mission-focused, and maintain our relevance
by meeting needs in a changing environment.
Responsible Governance - NMS has an active and effective
governing body that is responsible for setting the mission and strategic
direction of the organization and oversight of the finances, operations
and policies of the organization. Governance transparency is key
to our operation.
Legal Compliance - NMS is knowledgeable of, stays current
with, and complies with all applicable laws and regulations.
Responsible Stewardship - Maintaining effective
governance and management, NMS generates adequate resources, manages
resources effectively, supports and recognizes its volunteers, and
appropriately compensates staff. NMS abides by clear conflict of
interest policies and avoids abuse of power. We exercise due diligence
in all program and fiscal matters including the generation, management
and acceptance of funds.
Fiscal Integrity - NMS raises funds from public
and private corporations and donors and is truthful in its solicitation
materials. Funds are utilized to further our mission and the advancement
of our clientele, and are expended consistent with the intent of
Openness and Disclosure - NMS provides comprehensive,
accurate and timely information to the public, the media and all
stakeholders and is responsive in a timely manner to reasonable
requests for information.
Diversity and Inclusiveness - Among our clients,
colleagues and vendors and in our community, we advocate the value
of diversity and inclusiveness, and work to expand our understanding
and proficiency. We attend to the dynamics of difference, knowing
that multiple viewpoints and shared solutions are essential to effective
actions. We serve all forms of nonprofit organizations - large,
small, established, emerging, traditional and innovative. We promote
inclusiveness. Our staff, consultants, Board, volunteers and vendors
reflect the diversity of our community. Diversity and inclusiveness
enrich our programmatic, governance and organizational effectiveness.
Promotion of Learning - We are a learning organization.
NMS is committed to improving program and organizational effectiveness.
Our Board, staff, affiliated consultants and trainers want to be
among the very best at what we do. NMS is a learning organization
- learning from one another, colleagues in the field, and most of
all, from our clients.
Collaboration - NMS works in a collegial and accessible
manner with clients, funders, colleagues and other stakeholders
to leverage available community resources for greatest impact and
benefit to our communities, and to further the interests and advancement
of our clients.
Quality - We strive for and achieve excellence
in all aspects of our organization and in the services we provide
by regularly assessing the total organization and its outcomes and
impacts on an ongoing basis.
Nonprofit Management Solutions' beliefs and core values have been
defined and refined over the course of its 25+ year history and influenced
by its evolution through the national Support Centers of America
network, as well as the two strategic mergers which have produced
Nonprofit Management Solutions as we know it today.
1. Promote client independence. Our entire motivation and
interest is to help others be more successful, by transferring appropriate
governance and management skills and insights. This process will
enable our clients and colleagues to establish, pursue and achieve
their own objectives. Our goals are to assist and support their
efforts toward self-sufficiency and accountability by providing
clients with effective, affordable and convenient management and
governance training, technical assistance, information and referral,
and other support services. We work collaboratively and respectfully
with our clients to find solutions that are appropriate to their
circumstances. We work for sustainable solutions by assisting client
organizations in identifying their issues, accessing the appropriate
tools to solve their management and leadership problems, internalizing
and institutionalizing sustainable solutions, and learning how to
solve similar problems in the future.
2. Promote diversity and inclusiveness. In our own organization,
among our clients and colleagues and in our community, we advocate
the value of cultural diversity and work to expand cultural proficiency.
We pay attention to the dynamics of difference, believing that multiple
viewpoints and shared solutions are essential to effective actions.
We serve all forms of nonprofits -- large, small, established, emerging,
traditional and innovative.
3. Ensure our own competence. Our board, staff and affiliated
consultants and trainers want to be among the very best at what
we do. We must know, utilize and contribute to leading-edge thinking
in our fields of work. We look for ways to create a learning environment
that encourages innovation and sharing of knowledge and techniques.
We are committed to the ongoing development and competence of our
staff, board and affiliated professionals with whom we partner in
work on behalf of our clients. We want to practice what we preach
by modeling best practices and effective behaviors in management
and governance activities within our own organization. We are committed
to being a learning organization–to learning from our clients, continuously
incorporating best practices and new theories, and anticipating
internal and external changes that will affect the capacity of our
clients to fulfill their mission.
4. Collaborate with others. We want to initiate strong strategic
alliances and partnerships with peer organizations, funders, and
natural allies within the nonprofit sector and community at large.
Throughout the sector, Nonprofit Management Solutions works in a
collegial, and accessible manner with colleagues, funders, clients,
and other stakeholders to avoid duplication and to identify and
support the best strategies for leveraging available community resources
for greatest impact and benefit to the community.