Walker Community Action Committee Whistleblower Protection Policy


WCAA requires directors, officers, volunteers and employees to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. As representatives of the Walker Community Action Alliance, Inc. (WCAA), we must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling our responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.



Reporting Responsibility

This Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable individuals to raise serious concerns internally so that WCAA can address and correct inappropriate conduct and actions. It is the responsibility of all board members, officers, employees and volunteers to report concerns about violations of WCAA’s code of ethics or suspected violations of law or regulations that govern WCAA’s operations.



No Retaliation

It is contrary to the values of WCAA for anyone to retaliate against any board member, officer, employee or volunteer who in good faith reports an ethics violation, or a suspected violation of law, such as a complaint of discrimination, or suspected fraud, or suspected violation of any regulation governing the operations of WCAA.   An individual who retaliates against someone who has reported a violation in good faith is subject to discipline up to and including expulsion from WCAA membership.



Reporting Procedure

WCAA has an open door policy and suggests that individuals share their questions, concerns, suggestions or complaints with the board of directors. If you are not comfortable speaking with the board of directors or you are not satisfied with their response, you are encouraged to speak with a board member. Board members and Officers are required to report complaints or concerns about suspected ethical and legal violations in writing to the WCAA’s Compliance Officer, who has the responsibility to investigate all reported complaints.



Compliance Officer

The WCAA’s Compliance Officer is responsible for ensuring that all complaints about unethical or illegal conduct are investigated and resolved. The Compliance Officer will advise the Board or Directors of all complaints and their resolution and will report at least annually to the Audit Committee on compliance activity relating to accounting or alleged financial improprieties.



Walker Community Action Committee Whistleblower Protection Policy (continued)


Accounting and Auditing Matters

The WCAA’s Compliance Officer shall immediately notify the Finance Committee of any concerns or complaint regarding corporate accounting practices, internal controls or auditing and work with the committee until the matter is resolved.



Acting in Good Faith

Anyone filing a written complaint concerning a violation or suspected violation must be acting in good faith and have reasonable grounds for believing the information disclosed indicates a violation. Any allegations that prove not to be substantiated and which prove to have been made maliciously or knowingly to be false will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense.




Violations or suspected violations may be submitted on a confidential basis by the complainant. Reports of violations or suspected violations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation.



Handling of Reported Violations

The WCAA’s Compliance Officer will notify the person who submitted a complaint and acknowledge receipt of the reported violation or suspected violation. All reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate corrective action will be taken if warranted by the investigation.

Compliance Officer: * {Note: The Compliance Officer may be a board member, the Executive Director, or a third party designated by the organization to receive, investigate and respond to complaints.}


Belinda Hoernig

Secretary, WCAA

P. O. Box 41552

Phoenix, Arizona 85080





Policy adopted by WCAA board of Directors on 01/07/2011

Updated to change name of Compliance Officer, January 3, 2015