Please list any relationships you or your family members may have with partner agencies or other funded programs supported by United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County (UWLLC) that could engender a concern over one or more conflicts of interest. In addition please list business relationships you or your family members may have with UWLLC or its funded partners which may be a potential conflict of interest.
The purpose of this conflict of interest policy is to protect United Way of Lincoln& Lancaster County (UWLLC) when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer, director or employee of the organization or when making decisions regarding partner agencies or other funded programs. This policy is not intended to prevent UWLLC from entering into any beneficial business arrangement with an officer, director, or employee, but does require full disclosure to and approval by the board prior to entering into any such agreement.
Conflict of Interest: A conflict of interest exists when a person who is in a position of authority stands to benefit financially either directly or indirectly from a decision he or she could make in such capacity including indirect benefits such as to family members or businesses with which the person is closely associated. Any director, officer, employee, or member of a committee with board-delegated powers has a conflict of interest if the person or a family member of such person directly or indirectly, through business, investment, or otherwise:
Family Member: Family members include spouses, domestic partners and other relatives such as brothers, sisters, children, grand children and great grandchildren and their spouses.
Compensation: Compensation includes direct and indirect remuneration as well as gifts or favors that are substantial in nature.
Directors, officers, employees, or members of a committee with board-delegated powers are required to disclose annually any relationships where they and or their family members may have personal or financial interests that could influence their decision-making ability. In addition, each person shall annually sign a statement which affirms they have received, read, and will comply with the UWLLC conflict of interest policy and that they understand that the organization is charitable and must engage primarily in activities which accomplish one or more of its tax-exempt purposes.
Where a governing board member believes that a matter to be voted upon will present a conflict of interest, that member will announce the conflict of interest and will hold silent during discussion on the issue. The member will refrain from voting on any motions affecting the declared conflict of interest. In addition, if there is a question about a possible conflict of interest issue, the involved member will leave the board or committee meeting while the determination of a conflict of interest is discussed and voted upon. The remaining board or committee members shall decide if a conflict of interest exists.
If the governing board or committee has reasonable cause to believe a member has failed to disclose actual or possible conflicts of interest, it shall inform the member of the basis for such belief and afford the member an opportunity to explain the alleged failure to disclose. If after hearing the member’s response and after making further investigation as warranted by the circumstances, the governing board determines the member has failed to disclose an actual or possible conflict of interest, it will discuss and consider appropriate corrective action.
Appointed UWLLC staff will review declared conflicts prior to each vote and bring possible conflicts to the attention of the board president and/or the committee chairperson. The minutes of the governing board and all committees with board delegated powers shall contain: