Ethics Policy

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Ethical Fundraising Policy

The Newington Green Action Group Mary on the Green Campaign (MOTG) is dedicated to the raising of a memorial to Mary Wollstonecraft. To help guarantee the availability of funds to pay for this work, the MOTG aims to maintain a broad base of different sources of funding. The purpose of this policy is to ensure clarity and openness to all our stakeholders.

Context

We actively seek opportunities to work together with external organisations and individuals to achieve the shared objective of a memorial. However, it is vital that we maintain our independence and do not allow any external partnership to bring the name of the MOTG into disrepute.

The MOTG therefore accepts financial support from, and partnership working with, companies and individuals on the following conditions:

  • The NGAG Trustees or their delegated representative and the MOTG Chair are satisfied that no adverse publicity will result from accepting such support
  • There is no attempt on the part of the company or individual to influence MOTG actions either explicitly or implicitly in any manner would undermine the primary objective
  • That initiatives do not compromise the independent status of the MOTG.
  • The MOTG will not promote any products or services knowingly linked to matters which contradict or undermine the philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft

Avoidance Criteria

The MOTG will not accept financial support or partnerships with companies involved with any of the following activities:

  • The manufacture or distribution of tobacco
  • The sale of personal data
  • The promotion of high fat sugar salt foods
  • The sale of military hardware or which have been associated with abuse, inequality or exploitation

Acceptance Criteria

When deciding whether to accept any particular donation, the Trustees of NGAG and Chair of MOTG have a duty to demonstrate to the Charity Commission that they have acted in the best interest of the charity, and that association with any particular donor does not compromise the MOTG ethical position, harm our reputation or put future funding at risk.

The NGAG/MOTG complies with all relevant legislation including money laundering rules, the Bribery Act and Charity Commission guidance, including terrorism and political activity. The MOTG therefore would not accept any of the following where the donation:

  • Was known to be associated with criminal sources
  • Would help further a donor’s personal objectives, which conflict with those of the MOTG
  • Would lead to a possible decline in support for the MOTG or her sister legacy charity The Wollstonecraft Society, and so risk a fall in the resources available
  • Would otherwise significantly damage our reputation

Transparency

The MOTG will undertake to communicate this policy to all its stakeholders by presence on the websites of NGAG and MOTG.