If this seems like an odd thing to read, examine it closely and you'll see that based on observation it isn't.
There's a streak that runs through organizations of all types. The people involved often need to feel a sense of belonging. They want to give back and contribute. They want to ease the burdens of others. However, regardless of the organization, there's a need to have standards to ensure that everyone operates in alignment and on a similar platform with clarity, if not the result can be chaos.
What are some of these standards? Let's highlight a few of the more serious ones below:
- Transparency - decisions made and actions taken should always be without prejudice
- Accountability - helps in keeping everyone hones and corruption at bay
- Fairness - assists in ensuring that everyone is treated equally
- Documentation - is necessary for posterity and lends to historical value of decisions taken, meetings held, discussions which took place. Documentation can be done physically / virtually utilizing any of the available storage media which are now quite affordable
- Rules - established the parameters within which everyone operates
- Compliance - provides the controls to ensure the rules are adhered to
- Non-discrimination - goes a step further than fairness ensuring that any and all prejudices are eliminated at the root cause
Why do we see the sense of setting standards within a charity? It's because, We're Aware to Care!