Guidelines for Nonprofits Evaluating Proposed Relationships

A nonprofit’s reputation for integrity, credibility, social responsibility and accountability is its greatest asset. As relationships between governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations grow in number and complexity, it is important for non-profit organizations to have clear policies and procedures in place to ensure that the relationships and agreements they enter into and contributions they accept are ethical, promote the mission of the organization, do not involve conflicts of interest, and do not promote activities, organizations or interests that conflict with the organization’s goals.