The Stone Foundation

Our Mission

Mission Statement
The Mission of The Stone Foundation is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities of the Americas. We draw on our collective expertise in the fields of healthcare, education and technology to promote innovative solutions for community development. Our goal is to facilitate lasting change by:

Strengthening capacity for self-help
Promoting health awareness
Creating educational opportunity
Delivering relief in emergencies
Addressing discrimination in all forms

Core values
We uphold these core values in our own work and promote them in the nonprofit sector as a whole. They represent what we believe in, what we stand for, and how we approach everything we do.

The Nonprofit Sector’s Vital Role in Our Society
A strong and independent nonprofit sector is essential for weaving the social, cultural, environmental and economic fabric of our society. It provides needed services, gives people a way to participate as citizens and volunteers, stands up for underrepresented citizens, and pioneers solutions to major social problems. In order to fulfill these roles, the nonprofit sector must defend nonprofits’ fundamental right to advocate and lobby for their constituents and causes.

Innovation and a Sense of Hope
Nonprofits believe that we can create a better future through innovation and societal change. This sense of hope leads to creative approaches and new models that work. We seek to nurture the spirit of the nonprofit community by recognizing and celebrating successes, as well as learning from valuable failures.

Integrity and Accountability
We help nonprofits to be effective in achieving their missions and accountable to all their stakeholders – their community, constituents, donors, board, staff, volunteers, collaborators, the government, etc. We believe in modeling this trustworthiness and integrity that earns continuously the public’s high regard for the nonprofit sector. This reflects an alignment between what we say, what we do, and how we do it.

The Rich Diversity of People
We celebrate, respect, and include all people, cultures, regions, religions, and political views.

Outstanding Service
We are committed to a strong ethic of timely, reliable service to nonprofits of all sizes and types. We strive to create an environment in which nonprofit practitioners feel heard, safe, respected, and supported.

Responsible Stewardship
We are committed to careful stewardship of all human, natural, and financial resources. This means we use carefully the time and talents of those working in our Foundation, we are environmentally responsible, and we spend wisely the funds invested in us.

We believe it is important to recognize the value of nonprofit work by investing in our organizations and our people. This includes providing learning opportunities for volunteers and staff.

Code of ethics
We shall maintain the best interests of our clients as the primary professional obligation.

We shall put personal safety and freedom from harm first in our decisions regarding what constitutes the best interests of our clients.

We shall respect the intrinsic worth of all persons we serve in our professional relationships with them.

We shall act in ways that acknowledge both diversity and oppression, and promote the reduction of systemic and institutional barriers to the well-being of our clients.

We shall conduct our professional duties and obligations with integrity and objectivity.

We shall ensure that our professional, personal and occupational interests do not affect our relationships with clients, our judgment, or our competence.

We shall protect the confidentiality of all professionally acquired information. We shall disclose such information only when required or allowed by law to do so, or when clients have consented disclosure.

We shall promote services, programs and the Foundation in ways that are consistent with this Code of Ethics, with agency policy and with standards of practice outlined by the various accreditation and registration boards that govern our organization.

We shall promote excellence and maintain competence in the delivery of services and in our organization.

We shall advocate for change in the best interests of our clients and for the overall benefit of society.