Community Link ABQ

Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Policy

Article I

Purpose

The purpose of the conflict of interest policy is to protect Community Link ABQ (the “Organization”) when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of the Organization or might result in a possible excess benefit transaction. This policy is intended to supplement but not replace any applicable state and federal laws governing conflict of interest applicable to nonprofit and charitable organizations.

Article II

Definitions

1.         Interested Person

Any director, principal officer, or member of a committee with Board of Director delegated powers, who has a direct or indirect financial interest, as defined below, is an interested person.

2.         Financial Interest

A person has a financial interest if the person has, directly or indirectly, through business, investment, or family:

a.        An ownership or investment interest in any entity with which the Organization has a transaction or arrangement,

b.         A compensation arrangement with the Organization or with any entity or individual with which the Organization has a transaction or arrangement, or

c.         A potential ownership or investment interest in, or compensation arrangement with, any entity or individual with which the Organization is negotiating a transaction or arrangement. Compensation includes direct and indirect remuneration as well as gifts or favors that are not insubstantial.

A financial interest is not necessarily a conflict of interest. Under Article III, Section 2, a person who has a financial interest may have a conflict of interest only if the Board of Directors decides that a conflict of interest exists.

Article III

Procedures

1.         Duty to Disclose

In connection with any actual or possible conflict of interest, an interested person must disclose the existence of the financial interest and be given the opportunity to disclose all material facts to the Board of Directors.

2.         Determining Whether a Conflict of Interest Exists

After disclosure of the financial interest and all material facts, and after any discussion with the interested person, he/she shall leave the meeting while the determination of a conflict of interest is discussed and voted upon. The remaining Board members shall decide if a conflict of interest exists.

3.         Procedures for Addressing the Conflict of Interest

a.         An interested person may make a presentation at the Board of Directors meeting, but after the presentation, he/she shall leave the meeting during the discussion of, and the vote on, the transaction or arrangement involving the possible conflict of interest.

b.         The Board Chair shall, if appropriate, appoint a disinterested person or committee to investigate alternatives to the proposed transaction or arrangement.

c.         After exercising due diligence, the Board of Directors shall determine whether the Organization can obtain with reasonable efforts a more advantageous transaction or arrangement from a person or entity that would not give rise to a conflict of interest.

d.        If a more advantageous transaction or arrangement is not reasonably possible under circumstances, the Board of Directors shall determine by a majority vote of the disinterested directors whether the transaction or arrangement is in the Organization’s best interest, for its own benefit, and whether it is fair and reasonable. In conformity with the above determination it shall make its decision as to whether to enter into the transaction or arrangement.

4.         Violations of the Conflicts of Interest Policy

a.         If the Board of Directors 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.

b.         If, after hearing the member’s response and after making further investigation as warranted by the circumstances, the Board of Directors determines the member has failed to disclose an actual or possible conflict of interest, it shall take appropriate disciplinary and corrective action.

Article IV

Records of Proceedings

The minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors shall contain:

a.         The names of the persons who disclosed or otherwise were found to have a financial interest in connection with an actual or possible conflict of interest, the nature of the financial interest, any action taken to determine whether a conflict of interest was present, and the Board’s decision as to whether a conflict of interest in fact existed.

b.         The names of the persons who were present for discussions and votes relating to the transaction or arrangement, the content of the discussion, including any alternatives to the proposed transaction or arrangement, and a record of any votes taken in connection with the proceedings.

Article V

Compensation

a.         A voting member of the Board of Directors who receives compensation, directly or indirectly, from the Organization for services is precluded from voting on matters pertaining to that member’s compensation.

b.         A voting member of any committee whose jurisdiction includes compensation matters and who receives compensation, directly or indirectly, from the Organization for services is precluded from voting on matters pertaining to that member’s compensation.

c.         No voting member of the Board of Directors or any committee whose jurisdiction includes compensation matters and who receives compensation, directly or indirectly, from the Organization, either individually or collectively, is prohibited from providing information to any committee regarding compensation.

Article VI

Annual Statements

Each director, principal officer and member of a committee with Board of Directors delegated powers shall sign a statement which affirms such person:

a.         Has received a copy of the Conflict of Interest policy,

b.         Has read and understands the policy,

c.         Has agreed to comply with the policy, and

d.         Understands the Organization is charitable and in order to maintain its federal tax exemption, it must engage primarily in activities which accomplish one or more of its tax-exempt purposes.

Article VII

Periodic Reviews

To ensure the Organization operates in a manner consistent with charitable purposes and does not engage in activities that could jeopardize its tax-exempt status, periodic reviews shall be conducted. The periodic reviews shall, at a minimum, include the following subjects:

a.         Whether compensation arrangements and benefits are reasonable, based on competent survey information and the result of arm’s length bargaining.

b.         Whether partnerships, joint ventures, and arrangements with management organizations conform to the Organization’s written policies, are properly recorded, reflect reasonable investment or payments for goods and services, further charitable purposes and do not result in inurement, impermissible private benefit or in an excess benefit transaction.

Article VIII

Use of Outside Experts

When conducting the periodic reviews as provided for in Article VII, the Organization may, but is not required, to use outside advisors. If outside experts are used; their use shall not relieve the Board of Directors of its responsibility for ensuring periodic reviews are conducted.

Attachment:  Conflict of Interest Letter

Article IX

Confidentiality

There may be exposure to sensitive information while working with Community Link ABQ.  This could be Social Security Numbers, sensitive medical information, or any other personal information about people associated with CLABQ.  Disclosure of this information to anyone outside CLABQ is prohibited. Disclosure of this information within CLABQ is limited to exchanges between staff members while performing their duties. Do not put any sensitive information on personnel in the CLABQ Volunteer Database.  

Direct any questions about confidentiality or conflict of interest to the CLABQ Executive Director.

Page                 Adoption Date 04/12/2012