Green (Environmental) Policy
- Measurably reduce Ascension Institute of Music’s carbon footprint.
- Actively support programs that reduce Ascension Institute of Music’s environmental impact.
- Continually improve Ascension Institute of Music’s environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating procedures.
- Increase our green knowledge.
- Inspire others (customers, employees, and general public) to incorporate green practices in their activities.
- ASCENSION INSTITUTE OF MUSIC solicits and accepts gifts that are consistent with its mission.
- Donations will generally be accepted from individuals, partnerships, corporations, foundations, government agencies, or other entities, without limitations.
- In the course of its regular fundraising activities, ASCENSION INSTITUTE OF MUSIC will accept donations of money, real property, personal property, stock, and in-kind services.
- Certain types of gifts must be reviewed prior to acceptance due to the special liabilities they may pose for ASCENSION INSTITUTE OF MUSIC. Examples of gifts that will be subject to review include gifts of real property, gifts of personal property, and gifts of securities. Inspire others (customers, employees, and the general public) to incorporate green practices in their activities.
- Example #1: a person in a position of authority over Ascension Institute Of Music may benefit financially from a transaction between Ascension Institute Of Music and the board/staff member, or others closely associated with the board/staff member may be affected financially. Family members, or their businesses, or other persons or the businesses of persons with whom the board/staff member is closely associated, could benefit from similar transactions.
- Example #2: A conflict of interest could be a direct or indirect financial interest such as those described above, or personal interest such as the situation where a board member of Ascension Institute Of Music is also a board member of another nonprofit or for-profit entity in the community with which Ascension Institute Of Music collaborates or conducts business.
Board and staff are also urged to disclose conflicts as they arise as well as to disclose those situations that are evolving that may result in a conflict of interest. Advance disclosure must occur so that a determination may be made as to the appropriate plan of action to manage the conflict. Staff should disclose to their supervisor/Executive Director and board members should disclose to the board/President of the board as soon as they person with the conflict is aware of the conflict/potential conflict or appearance of a conflict exists.
- When the conflict involves a decision-maker, the person with the conflict (“interested party”): (i) must fully disclose the conflict to all other decision-makers; (ii) may not be involved in the decision of what action to take (e.g., may not participate in a vote) but may serve as a resource to provide other decision-makers with needed information.
- In some cases the person with the conflict may be asked to recuse him/herself from sensitive discussions so as not to unduly influence the discussion of the conflict.
- In all cases, decisions involving a conflict will be made only by disinterested persons.
- The fact that a conflict was managed and the outcome will be documented in the minutes of board meetings if the conflict was related to a board member and reported by the Executive Director to the board/President of the board/another appropriate committee of the board (e.g., Audit committee) if the conflict was related to a staff member.
- The President of the Board/Executive Director will monitor proposed or ongoing transactions of the organization (e.g., contracts with vendors and collaborations with third parties) for conflicts of interest and disclose them to the Board and staff, as appropriate, whether discovered before or after the transaction has occurred.