We are very pleased to announce that Ark Animal Centre – the Puppy Rescue Shelter is official a registered non-profit organisation (NPO). 🙂 After 15 months of waiting it finally came through!
We are very excited as this opens many more doors and opportunities for Ark to grow and continue saving the puppies & dogs of SA. Our much anticipated NPO number is: 2012-171809-08
What is an NPO, non-profit organisation? A Non-Profit Organisation exists solely to provide programs and services that are of public benefit such as the promotion of social welfare, economic development, religion, charity, education or research. Earnings may not benefit individuals or stake-holders. It is known as a Section 21 company. Answer from Entrepreneur Mag.
Below are the ethical and responsible behaviour for NPO’s based on Department of Social Development Codes of Good Practice for South African Non-profit Organisations:
• Honesty: Honest people are truthful, sincere, forthright, straightforward, frank and
candid. They do not cheat, steal, lie, deceive or act deviously. NPO staff and volunteers
should be scrupulously honesty in their dealings with donors, beneficiaries,
employees, volunteers, governing body members, the public and the authorities.
• Integrity: People and organisations with integrity are principled, honourable and
upright. They are courageous and act on convictions. They will fight for their beliefs
and will not adopt an “ends justify the means” philosophy that ignores principle, or is
expedient at the expense of principle. NPO staff and members respect the integrity of
the mission established by their governing body.
• Promise keeping: People worthy of trust keep promises, fulfil commitments,
abide by the spirit as well as the letter of an agreement. They do not interpret
agreements in an unreasonably technical or legalistic manner to rationalise noncompliance or to create justifications for escaping their commitments.
• Fidelity/loyalty: People worthy of trust demonstrate fidelity and loyalty to
other people and to organisations by friendship in adversity, support, and devotion to
duty. They do not use or disclose information that is learned in confidence for
personal or professional advantage. Staff and governing body members should
safeguard their ability to make independent professional judgements by scrupulously
avoiding undue influence and conflicts of interest.
• Fairness: Fair people manifest a commitment to justice, the equal treatment of
individuals, and tolerance for and acceptance of diversity. They are open-minded,
willing to admit they are wrong, and, where appropriate, change their positions and
beliefs. They do not overreach or take undue advantage of another’s mistakes or
• Caring for others: Concern for the well-being of others manifests itself in
compassion, giving, kindness , and serving. It requires that one attempts to help those
in need and avoids harming others.
• Respect for others: Ethical people demonstrate respect for human dignity,
privacy, and the right to self-determination of all competent adults. They are
courteous and decent. They provide others with the information they need to make
informed decisions about their own lives.
• Transparency: Staff should provide as much relevant information to the public as is
reasonably possible to permit intelligent assessment of goals, means, and results as
they relate to the organisation’s mission.
• Responsible citizenship: Responsible citizenship involves lawfulness,
participation, social consciousness, and public service. NPOs must be especially
careful to obey all relevant regulations and laws.
• Pursuit of excellence: Ethical people are concerned with the quality of
their work. They pursue excellence and are diligent, reliable, industrious and
• Accountability: Ethical people accept responsibility for their decisions, for the
foreseeable consequences of their actions and failures to act, for setting an example to
others and for providing feedback to donors and sponsors on how funds were utilised.
• Safeguard public trust: NPO governance, leaders, staff and volunteers have special
obligations to lead by example, to safeguard and advance the integrity and reputation of
all organisations that depend on voluntary support and public trust, to avoid even the
appearance of impropriety, and to take whatever actions are necessary to correct or prevent the inappropriate conduct of others.
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