“Our small values team found urgency and clarity in this moment. As the world spun out of control, what were the core beliefs that could ground our decisions? Values became more important than ever.”
“It’s easy to say you’re trying to do better, be better, as individuals and as an organization. With these values, we’re trying to capture not just what we believe, but how we want to act on those beliefs—internally and externally. ”
Organizational Values as a Moral Compass
Dr. Duane Carter, Board Member, Northwest Area Foundation
“The values statements are commitments. They’re our guardrails, our ethical and moral compass. And really, in a pursuit of our vision and mission, they’re ideas that give meaning to the Foundation’s work.
“They’re not just about how we feel. They’re statements about how we will behave and take action. Our values drive our decision making. Each grant, each program-related investment (PRI), our grantee partners—they reflect our values.
“In addition to that, the values also provide the framework for the culture of the organization, which is reflected in who is hired, who is promoted, who serves on our board, who’s awarded a grant or PRI. And another important thing—who we allow to manage our investment portfolio. That’s how our values actually play out in the organization.
“At the end of the day, we’re trying to help people be successful and thrive on their own terms. And that’s the beauty of it, on their own terms. Not on my terms, or anyone else’s terms—on their own terms. These six values will help us continue to do that.”