Policy on Endorsements, Statements of Support, and Collaborative Endeavors
As a nonprofit professional association, the Safe States Alliance does not endorse or approve any of the following:
- Specific safety products by brand name;
- Specific providers of safety products or services by name; or
- Individual injury and violence prevention practitioners.
Statements of Support
Safe States may provide statements of support for activities on which it has agreed to collaborate, such as sponsoring or co-sponsoring educational activities or projects, conferences, publications, and other such activities that come within the scope of its non-profit mission and goals.
Statements of support may also be provided for non-collaborative projects that are of significant public benefit. Such statements of support will be supplied only where the requesting agency has provided sufficient evidence of alignment with Safe States Alliance’s vision, mission, values and goals. Safe States retains the right to withdraw support in the case that the activity violates agreed-upon boundaries or fails to reach acceptable standards of effectiveness and/or integrity.
Safe States may provide its logo for use in collaborative activities with other non-profit organizations, but will generally not allow the use of its logo where such use would provide a benefit to any for-profit organization. Such use must be recommended by the President and approved by majority vote of the Executive Committee.
Safe States may also provide relevant information to members about free or low cost professional opportunities or materials produced by an organization other than Safe States as a membership benefit. These may be advertised as a resource through the e-newsletter and/or through postings on the Safe States Exchange. Sharing such information does not constitute an endorsement.
Please note: Before entering into any relationship, the Safe States Alliance Executive Committee will consider key questions including:
- Does the proposed activity and/or the proposed relationship promote the mission and values of the Safe States Alliance?
- Are related costs (if any) in alignment with the Safe States Alliance budget and financial goals?
- Will the relationship promote or enhance activities or organizations whose goals are inconsistent with the mission and values of our organization?
- Will the relationship maintain our organization’s reputation for objectivity, independence, integrity, credibility, social responsibility and accountability?
Updated August 9, 2012