RID Core Values

IntegrityRID activities, services and programs are consistent with our mission, compatible with our corporation capacity, respectful of the interests of our varied constituencies and managed with the highest level of professionalism.

Respect and DignityWe respect the dignity and autonomy of each person and the integrity, privacy, pride, beliefs and cultures of our varied constituencies – the people we serve, our employees, members, donors, volunteers and others. Policies that govern our working relationships with these constituencies (e.g., client confidentiality, fair process) reflect this commitment.

Good CitizenshipWe comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. We keep the broader interests of the community in mind even as we advance our association’s specific interests and look for opportunities to become partners with those working in the private and public sectors. We value respectful, reasoned dialogue with one another when we disagree.

Care and LoyaltyAs an association, we enable our board members to exercise their duties of care and loyalty. Board members are reasonably informed and participate in board decisions in good faith. They do not use their position for individual personal advantage.

Truth-telling and OpennessWe provide truthful information about our mission, program activities, use of dues/donations, and finances. We are accessible and responsive to members, stakeholders and the public who express an interest in the sign language interpreting profession and RID affairs.

AccountabilityThe true measure of our success as a nonprofit is whether individual lives and our communities change for the better as a result of our work. Being mission-focused, producing measurable outcomes, conducting program evaluations and developing and maintaining sound financial management are important elements of our commitment to accountability.

StewardshipWe are able to accomplish our mission through the generosity of others. We respect donors’ intentions and restrictions on the use of their gifts and promote responsible stewardship of the resources they entrust to us for the accomplishment of our work.

ExcellenceWe support and encourage visionary governance, exemplary management, excellent service and program delivery and exceptional staff. We value and uphold the highest ethical and professional standards in all working relations.