Conflict Of Interest Policy
Western Wall Heritage Foundation Conflict Of Interest Policy
The Western Wall Heritage Foundations conflict of interest policy exists to protect the WWHF's ability to assist the staff, volunteers and members of it's governing entities in making ethical decisions that benefit the WWHF as a whole, not a particular individual
or parties associated with the WWHF. This policy is intended to supplement , but not to
replace any applicable state laws that govern conflicts of interest.
Conflict of interest arises when someone associated with the WWHF does not place the
WWHF's interest above their own interests or those of a third party. Everyone
associated with the WWHF should place the well being, reputation and financial health
of the WWHF above other interests.
As a person associated with the WWHF , it is your duty to disclose , on an annual basis
or when a situation arises, other obligations that might prevent you from acting in the
best interest of the WWHF and then remove yourself from discussions, actions, votes or
other activities in relation to the conflict. A conflict of interest disclosure form will be
provided to you for this purpose.
Our conflict of interest policy applies to everyone involved with the WWHF
Board members, committee members, staff, regular volunteers
Please note that a conflict of interest arises also in cases where there is an indirect
benefit resulting from a decision or action taken by you, such a benefit inured by a close
family member or a business with which you are closely associated. Some examples of
potential conflicts could include :
If a relative's company, or other business that benefit you personally, bids on a
contract from the WWHF or otherwise gains financially from the WWHF
An opportunity to further the interests of or give preference to another organization
over the WWHF
A familial or personal relationship with someone else in the WWHF or member of a
WWHF governing entity.
An action in which you stand to personally gain , directly or indirectly, from the
A situation that does not appear to be executed in a manner that benefits the WWHF.
Should an issue arise that could be a potential conflict of interest , you have a duty to
the WWHF to identify and disclose the nature of the potential conflict to the
organization. A determination will be made based on investigations and analysis of the
situation. Depending upon the determination, you may be asked to remove yourself
from participation in discussions and/ or votes related to the conflict or potential conflict.
Should you witness a possible conflict of interest or a potential conflict of interest, you
have a duty to disclose this to the WWHF. If you wish to disclose this confidentially and
anonymously , you may do so by writing to our NY office.
Once the determination has been made, the parties involved may be asked to:
Abstain in voting on the action, remove themselves from discussions related to
the conflict, refrain from discussing the issue with co-workers, board members, or
anyone involved with the governing entity so as not to influence their actions.
The conflict of interest disclosure form must be completed annually by all effected
parties within the WWHF. In addition , it must be provided to all new members of a
WWHF governing entity, and all new staff members and regular volunteers at the
beginning of their service to the WWHF. Any changes of this policy will be
communicated to all those concerned.
Please complete the disclosure form and return it to our office.