Code of Ethics and Professional ConductThe following Ethical Principles have guided development of FIA’s Principles and Standards of Fundraising Practice. The Principles of Fundraising Practice conform to the International Statement of Ethical Principles of Fundraising and serve to mark the aspirations of FIA. The Ethical Principles are: Honesty FIA members should act honestly and truthfully so that public trust is protected and donors and beneficiaries are not misled. RespectFIA members should act with respect for the dignity of their profession and their organisation and with respect for the dignity of donors and beneficiaries. IntegrityFIA members should act openly and with regard to their responsibility for public trust. They shall disclose all actual or potential conflicts of interest and avoid any appearance of ethical, personal or professional misconduct.EmpathyFIA members should work in a way that promotes their purpose and encourages others to use the same professional standards and engagement. They shall value individual privacy, freedom of choice, and diversity in all its forms. TransparencyFIA members should stimulate clear reports, about the work they do, the way donations are managed and disbursed, and cost and expenses, in an accurate and clear manner. Authorised by FIA Board of Directors Original issue 231107
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2 CODE OF ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT Introduction FIA is the professional body that represents professional fundraising in Australia. In delivering its mission, FIA is concerned with: •Providing the best professional development programs to lead and educate fundraisers; •Developing standards of practice to enhance the integrity and professionalism of fundraisers and the fundraising sector; and •Advocating the value of fundraising to society and governments in order to empower fundraisers in their work in and with communities. FIA members champion and promote fundraising as a profession. They maintain the highest standards of fundraising, engage in the work of FIA, commit to its mission and are at all times fully representative of the fundraising community. Ethical fundraising is vital to the fundraising profession if it is to provide its community with confidence for its cause. The application of ethics in fundraising practice provides the fundraiser and the industry with the means to enter into ongoing relationships of trust with donors, supporters, Volunteers and importantly also with the Beneficiaries of funds raised. FIA is required under its constitution to establish and maintain high standards of ethics for its Members. Membership of FIA, at any level, is dependent on observance of the FIA Principles and Standards of Fundraising Practice. FIA enforces the Principles and Standards of Fundraising Practice, where necessary, by education programs for Members, cautions and warnings, or by suspending or withdrawing membership rights and privileges.