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 Our Mission Statement 
 
Empowering inventors through Education, Access, and Advocacy
  
Code of Ethics

I. Personal and Professional Integrity
All staff, board members, members, and volunteers of the United Inventors Association (UIA) act with honesty, integrity and openness in all their dealings as representatives of the UIA. The UIA promotes a working environment that values respect, fairness and integrity.
 
II. Governance
The UIA has an active governing body that is responsible for setting the mission and strategic direction of the UIA and oversight of the finances, operations, and policies of the UIA. The governing body:
  • Ensures that its board members have the requisite skills and experience to carry out their duties and that all members understand and fulfill their governance duties acting for the benefit of the UIA and its public purpose;
  • Is responsible for the electing and regular review of the performance of the president,
  • Ensures that the president and executive director provide the governing body with timely and comprehensive information so that the governing body can effectively carry out its duties;
  • Ensures that the UIA conducts all transactions and dealings with integrity and honesty;
  • Ensures that the UIA promotes working relationships with the president, executive director, board members, service providers, and members that are based on mutual respect, fairness and openness;
  • Ensures that the UIA is fair and inclusive in its hiring and promotion policies and practices for all staff and volunteer positions;
  • Ensures that policies of the UIA are in writing, clearly articulated and officially adopted;
  • Ensures that the resources of the UIA are responsibly and prudently managed; and,
  • Ensures that the UIA has the capacity to carry out its programs effectively.

III. Legal Compliance
The UIA is knowledgeable of and complies with all laws, regulations and applicable international conventions.

IV. Responsible Stewardship
The UIA and its staff manage their funds responsibly and prudently. This should include the following considerations:
  • It spends a reasonable percentage of its annual budget on programs in pursuance of its mission;
  • The UIA spends an adequate amount on administrative expenses to ensure effective accounting systems, internal controls, competent staff, and other expenditures critical to professional management;
  • The UIA compensates staff, and any others who may receive compensation, reasonably and appropriately;
  • Organizations with endowments (both government grant makers and public charities) prudently draw from endowment funds consistent with donor intent and to support the public purpose of the UIA;
  • The UIA will ensure that all spending practices and policies are fair, reasonable and appropriate to fulfill the mission of the UIA; and,
  • All financial reports are factually accurate and complete in all material respects.

V. Openness and Disclosure
The UIA provides comprehensive and timely information to the public, the media, and all members and is responsive in a timely manner to reasonable requests for information. All information about the UIA will fully and honestly reflect the policies and practices of the UIA. Basic informational data about the UIA, such as reviews and compilations, and audited financial statements will be posted on the UIA’s website or otherwise available to its members. All solicitation materials accurately represent the UIA’s policies and practices and will reflect the dignity of program beneficiaries. All financial, organizational, and program reports will be complete and accurate in all material respects.
 
VI. Program Evaluation
The UIA regularly reviews program effectiveness and has mechanisms to incorporate lessons learned into future programs. The UIA is committed to improving program and organizational effectiveness and develops mechanisms to promote learning from inventor activities and the inventing field. The UIA is responsive to changes in the inventing field and is responsive to the needs of its constituencies.
 
VII. Inclusiveness and Diversity
The UIA has a policy of promoting inclusiveness and its staff, board and volunteers reflect diversity in order to enrich its programmatic effectiveness. The UIA takes meaningful steps to promote inclusiveness in its hiring, retention, promotion, board recruitment and constituencies served.

VIII. Fundraising
The UIA will respect the privacy concerns of donors and UIA members and expend funds consistent with intent. The UIA will disclose important and relevant information to potential donors and members. In raising funds from the public, government and its members, the UIA will respect the rights of the donors, as follows:
  • To be informed of the mission of the UIA, the way the resources will be used and the capacity to use donations and/or membership fees effectively for the intended purposes;
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the UIA’s governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities;
  • To have access to the UIA’s most recent financial reports;
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given;
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition;
  • To be assured that information about their donations and/or membership fees are handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by the law;
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing the UIA will be professional in nature;
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that the UIA may intend to share; and,
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation or membership payment fee and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

IX. Service Providers
The UIA has a policy of supporting service providers, including those with competitive services, who agree to abide by UIA
Certification Criteria. The goal is to encourage qualified and ethical service providers.
 
Since 1990, the UIA is the national 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to inventor education and support. Our Mission is to provide reliable information to inventors, as well as Certification to groups and service providers who comply with rigorous professional and ethical standards. Together, we can keep inventing safe, rewarding and fun!

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