BY LAWS SUMMARY & CODE OF ETHICS
Taaca is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives those who are in the deprivation of basic human needs,
includes food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter, health care and education. Angolans families, Children Physical disabled
orphans and elderly. The resource programs and donations are the key to create funds to provide the basic needs for
Angolans. (“Taaca’s Key”) upholds the highest legal, ethical and moral standards.
Our partners, neighbors, funding sources and other donors support Taaca Key because they trust us to utilize their resources
in an efficient and effective manner, and to uphold rigorous standards of conduct. Southwest Key has adopted and follows this
Code of Ethics to ensure our board members, and volunteers adhere to the utmost standards of conduct and integrity, remain
conscientious of Taaca Key’s interests and act in accordance with all applicable laws.
Integrity, Fairness and Respect
Taaca Key expects its board members, and volunteers to treat others fairly and respectfully when carrying out their duties on
behalf of the organization. We adhere to the highest standards of conduct in every action and decision and require that our
board members and volunteers act in accordance with the following principles:
1. Truthful and Timely Communication.
Honesty is fundamental to our ability to provide the highest quality service and support to the people we serve. We
communicate truthfully and openly in any statement of material fact related to our official duties and activities. We are
comprehensive and timely in our communications. We post basic information about Taaca’s website make it readily available
to the public.
2. Fair Treatment and Respect.
Taaca Key’s policies are clear, in writing and have been formally adopted by the organization. We value everyone and treat each
other, as well as others, fairly and respectfully. We always act with the benefit of our colleagues and those we serve in mind. We
are equitable in our decisions and mindful of their impact on other groups and people.
3. Teamwork and Inclusiveness.
We create a climate of trust, appreciation and openness which incorporates all perspectives and fosters collaborative
relationships with Angolans and non-Angolans members in California and communities leaders across United State. We
endeavor to be active listeners and learners and we ask for assistance when needed. We honestly discuss issues entrusted to
us and we strive to be united in our actions and decisions. We respect the responsibilities of the
board and uphold and implement decisions of the board, even if we disagree with them.
4. Diversity and Equal Opportunity.
We encourage every Angolan and non-Angolan over 18 years old apply for membership with “Taaca” and leverage the mix of
cultures, experiences and insights among us.
We provide a genuine opportunity to all qualified applicants for Executive Directors board member, future employee or
volunteer positions. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of others. We fight for justice and equal opportunity
alongside our clients and our communities.
5. Excellence and Personal Responsibility.
The individuals we work with deserve our best efforts and each of us bears personal responsibility to provide the highest
quality service. We set expectations high and value continuous improvement and innovation. We invest in the education and
training of our board members, future employees and volunteers as a means of ensuring excellence in operations, service, and
programs. We regularly review program effectiveness and ensure quality assurance. We are each responsible for our duty and
responsibilities, the product of our work, the decisions we make and the consequences of our actions.
The duty of loyalty requires board members, employees, and volunteers to exercise duties in a manner that furthers the
interest of Taaca Key rather than their personal interests or the interests of another person or organization. Being loyal to
Taaca requires us to commit to Taaca’s mission and to competently, efficiently and professionally perform our duties and
tasks. Taaca’s Key expects its board members,and volunteers to be loyal to Taaca while carrying out their duties on behalf of
the organization, and to adhere to the following standards:
1. Conflict of Interest.
We do not engage in any activity or relationship that would create a potential or actual conflict of interest or that would
adversely affect our ability to faithfully perform our service on Taaca behalf. We adhere to the organization’s Conflict of Interest
Policy and make full disclosure of all potential and actual conflicts of interest.
We are committed to maintaining the highest level of privacy for the confidential information of others. We
will not disclose any confidential, privileged or nonpublic information to an unauthorized individual or organization. We require
that all board members and employees as well as appropriate volunteers and contractors sign a confidentiality agreement as a
condition of their service to Taaca.
3. Continued Duty.
We are aware that our duty of loyalty to Taaca continues even after our relationship with the organization
Financial Responsibility and Transparency (Treasury).
Managing our resources responsibly and with transparency allows us to capitalize on our ability to advance the mission of the
organization. It is our responsibility to ensure our stakeholders and communities have accurate information that is easily
accessible about our programs, services and finances. To ensure that we are successful in these goals, Taaca expects its board
members, employees and volunteers to adhere to the following standards:
1. Utilization of Taaca’s Funding and Resources.
We are honest and faithful fiduciaries and protect the funds entrusted to us. We compensate members for the services,
vendors and others fairly. As a recipient of public funds, we have a responsibility to use funds for their intended purpose and
to be accountable for all monies spent.
2. Financial Records and Reports.
We must maintain accurate financial records and report our financial results completely
and in a timely manner. We have adopted effective accounting systems and internal controls. We engage independent auditors
to perform an annual audit of Taaca financial statements and the board oversees the reliability of our financial reporting.
We promote voluntary giving and use accurate, truthful solicitation and promotional materials. We disclose
important and relevant information to donors and we are truthful in all statements we make in our fundraising efforts.
We appropriately acknowledge and recognize donors and honor the known intentions of a donor regarding anonymity and the
use of donated funds. We make our fundraising costs a matter of public record.
Legal Compliance and Code of Ethics Accountability business in accordance with the letter and spirit of all relevant laws.
Additionally, all Taaca board members, employees and volunteers are expected to adhere to all Taaca policies, including this
Code of Ethics, and to act in accordance with the following standards:
1. Legal Compliance.
We have established and implemented systems to ensure that we comply with all applicable federal, state,and local laws.
We educate and train board members, and volunteers to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws
and regulations. We periodically will conduct an internal review of our compliance with known existing legal, regulatory and
financial reporting requirements and provide a report of the results to the board of directors. We require all board members,
employees and volunteers to comply with applicable laws.
Taaca complies with all applicable laws and regulations and expects its board members, employees and volunteers to conduct
business in accordance with the letter and spirit of all relevant laws.
2. Resolving Grievances and Concerns.
We have adopted policies to resolve grievances and concerns, which provides board
members, employees and volunteers with a means to report violations of Taaca’s Code of Ethics. We will report potential or
actual breaches of the Code of Ethics in accordance with the relevant policies. We will make all reasonable efforts to fairly, and
in a timely manner, investigate and resolve all reports concerning potential or actual breaches of the Code of Ethics. Retaliation
against an individual or group member who reports a potential or actual breach of the Code of Ethics is an independent
violation of this Code of Ethics and will not be tolerated.