ALTER Code of Conduct

The board of directors has adopted the following code of conduct for all employees, board members, and other members of the Amuta. The code of conduct is intended as a high-level outline, and is not expected to cover every situation which may arise, but the code serves as baseline principles for conduct.

All members of the Amutah, including the board, are expected to adhere to a standard of ethical conduct. ALTER’s reputation may depend upon the way members and employees conduct business, and the way the public perceives that conduct. Unethical actions, or the appearance of unethical actions, are unacceptable.

  1. Any perceived or actual conflicts of interest should be disclosed to the board, and should be avoided where possible. This includes any instances where family, friendships, finances, or social factors could compromise or be seen to compromise their judgment, decisions, or actions on behalf of ALTER.
  2. We explicitly oppose harassment on the basis of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. (We also expect people to act reasonably, responsibly, and nicely to others in regards to any other issues.)
  3. Sexual harassment and misconduct, as well as other forms of harassment or discrimination is completely unacceptable, and the ALTER harassment policy applies to employees, board members, any other members of the Amutah, and attendees at any ALTER events or programs. 
  4. Board members, Amutah members, and employees should only represent their affiliation with ALTER in connection with their roles in the organization. They may not make commitments on behalf of the organization except as allowed by the Amutah’s rules.
  5. Any questions or issues that may arise concerning compliance with this Code should be raised with the board or the management of ALTER, or with anyone designated under the harassment policy.
  6. Board Members and Employees should maintain the confidentiality of information entrusted to them, where appropriate.

Grant Overhead Policy

ALTER maintains a policy that limits overhead of grants that we make as follows:

    • For universities and colleges, the overhead may not exceed 10% of total direct (i.e. non-overhead) costs

ALTER defines overhead as expenses related to the general operations and administration of an organization, which are not directly allocated to or identified with the specific person or project receiving the grant. Any exception to this policy must be approved by two authorized signatories for the organization.

Sample Calculation

To explain how our indirect costs policy works, imagine the grantee requested a $110 grant, with $10 going to university overhead. This would fit exactly within our policy, since the direct costs (direct costs = total – indirect costs) are $100, and the indirect costs are 10/100=10%. However, if the total grant amount was only $100, the direct costs grant would be $90, and the overhead would be above the 10% limit.