Professional Ethics in Volunteer Administration
Ethical standards are one of the hallmarks of a profession. CCVA is steward of the original work done on professional ethics in volunteer administration by the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA), and offers them for all practitioners to learn and use.
Those who mobilize, direct, and motivate volunteers must be committed to the following core ethical values:
1. Citizenship and Philanthropy
5. Justice and Fairness
Administrators of volunteer programs should base their decision making on these six core ethical values if they are to maintain a program that:
- is accessible to diverse groups
- operates ethically with all stakeholders
- strives for excellence
- maintains the public trust
- sustains a helping environment
- is at low risk for legal actions against it
"Professional Ethics in Volunteer Administration" (PDF) was developed with the input of AVA members and practitioners in a wide variety of settings. It is designed as an interactive tool for administrators of volunteer programs and is aimed at helping professionals become strong and principled leaders who make decisions that are founded on core ethical values.
Candidates for the CVA credential are required to affirm their intent to uphold these ethical standards.
Globally, professional ethics is becoming more important to those who lead volunteers. In 2001 a "Universal Declaration on the Profession of Leading and Managing Volunteers" was developed by an international working group at the AVA conference in Toronto. This document echos many of the core values listed above, and articulates beliefs about the role of effective volunteer management which are widely shared throughout the world.