Code of Ethics

The Florida Grant Developers Network K-12 (FGDN K-12), a nonprofit membership association, is committed to serving the greater public good by practicing the highest ethical and professional standards. Ethics refer to the rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or members of a profession. FGDN members will adhere to the State of Florida Code of Ethics; 2001 FL Statutes, Administrative Rule; Chapter 112 Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR); Project Application and Amendment Procedures for Federal and State Programs (Green Book); and the Financial and Program Cost Accounting and Reporting for Florida Schools (Red Book 2001).

The specific purpose of FGDN is to organize Florida public school district grant developers in order to share expertise, knowledge and best practices, provide the opportunity to network, and to solve common problems in order to better meet the needs of the public school systems they serve. FGDN members have joined forces to be the leading authority and resource for the practice of grantsmanship in all sectors of the field. Membership in this association promotes positive relationships between grant professionals and their stakeholders, includes stakeholders in project development, provides a vehicle for grant professionals to gain professional growth and development, and enhances the public image and recognition of the profession within the greater philanthropic, public, and private funding communities.

A. Members, among others, are to:

1. Practice their profession with the highest sense of integrity, honesty, and truthfulness to maintain and broaden public confidence;

2. Adhere to all applicable laws and regulations in all aspects of grantsmanship;

3. Continually improve their professional knowledge and skills;

4. Promote positive relationships between grant professionals and their stakeholders;

5. Include stakeholders in project development;

6. Value the privacy, freedom, choice and interests of all those affected by their actions;

7. Assist the grant development team with making ethical interpretations and choices;

8. Ensure that funds are solicited according to program guidelines;

9. Adhere to acceptable means of compensation for services performed;

10. Serve as leaders and role models in the field of grantsmanship; and

11. Encourage colleagues to embrace and practice FGDN’s Code of Ethics.

B. Professional Obligations:

1. Members shall act according to the highest ethical standards of their institution, profession, and conscience;

2. Members shall obey all applicable local, state, and federal civil and criminal laws and regulations;

3. All key stakeholders (internal and external) are responsible for the grant proposal development and are professionally obligated to the success of each program.

4. The grant developer’s role is to assist the key stakeholder/experts in their development of proposed programs as a team effort.

5. Members shall disclose all relationships that might constitute, or appear to constitute, conflicts of interest.

6. Members shall not be associated directly or indirectly with any service, product, individuals, or organizations in a way that they know is misleading.

7. Members shall not abuse any relationship with a donor, prospect, volunteer, or employee to the benefit of the member or the member’s organization.

8. Members shall recognize their individual boundaries of competence and are forthcoming and truthful about their professional experience, knowledge and expertise.

9. Members shall continually strive to expand their professional competence, and willingly mentor developers new to the profession.

C. Solicitation and Use of Funds:

1. Members shall take care to ensure that all proposals are accurate and correctly reflect the organization’s mission and use of requested funds.

2. Members shall take care to ensure proper use of funds, including timely reports on the use and management of such funds.

3. Members shall obtain explicit consent by the grantor before altering the conditions of grant agreements.

D. Presentation of Information:

1. Members shall not disclose privileged information to unauthorized parties.

2. Members are responsible for knowing the confidentiality regulations within their jurisdiction.

E. Compensation:

1. Members shall work for a salary or fee, not on a percentage of grant monies.

2. Pro bono work is encouraged.

3. Compensation should not be written into grants unless allowed by the funder.