We are committed to instilling trust and confidence by shoring up new checks and balances to transform the organization, deliver operational efficiencies, and ensure that compliance and governance practices are met as follows:
- Background checks where all Board members must pass. The stewardship and protection of resources, as well as the safety of volunteers and the community is paramount. As such, comprehensive criminal background checks were performed on all Board members. Convictions for the following actions will automatically disqualify the Board member from service on the Board. Being registered, or required to be registered on any sex offender registry, has been convicted of a felony, or has been convicted of a misdemeanor involving: (a) physical assault or battery, (b) drugs or controlled substances, or (c) cruelty to animals or has been convicted of any crime related to theft or fraud. With respect to convictions for crimes not listed above, any applicant with such a conviction shall be evaluated on an individual basis to determine whether they should be excluded from consideration based on the conviction. Any Board member who refuses to consent to a criminal background check, or makes a false statement in connection with such criminal background check is also disqualified from a position on the Board. Effective May 2018, all Board members have passed.
- Updated and adopted conflict of interest document by all Board members. The conflict of interest policy is designed to foster public confidence in the integrity of The Lake Tahoe Humane Society and to protect the Organization’s interest when it is contemplating entering into transactions that might benefit the private interest of a member of the Board of Directors.
- Updated Bylaws which is the operating manual for how our organization will run. The new Board, is placing a lot of rigor around the evolvement of more modern business practices and codes of conduct not previously recorded. Bylaws are not typically public documents, however, the new Board of Directors believes that making them readily available will help demonstrate our accountability and transparency. We commit to review them regularly and amend them accordingly as our organization evolves. The Board is currently updating and expects to have an updated version before the end of 2018, they have not been updated since the year 2000.
- GuideStar non-profit attribtion. We have earned the GuideStar Gold Seal of transparency that verifies that our organization is established and that donated funds go where the donor intended. Our core focus is on financial effectiveness and being good stewards of all contributions.
- Internal audits. All finances will be internally audited each quarter and qualified that all donations, expenditures, and distribution of funds for programs, are reported on.