Members of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits adhere to the following appropriate standards for the nonprofit community. Every successful consulting relationship also depends upon client willingness to deal fairly, honestly, and in a timely fashion with the consultant. Adherence to professional standards must be a priority for both consultant and client.

In regard to professional behavior, members of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits agree to:
  • Act with integrity in all matters, being honest with their clients and true to themselves
  • Strive for increased self-knowledge and personal growth on a continual basis
  • Strive to achieve and maintain a professional level of competence for themselves and their fellow nonprofit specialists through continuing education, evaluation, and active involvement with the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits and other professional bodies
  • Render services as advertised and make accurate and factual public statements, avoiding exaggerated claims in promotion or advertising
  • Work actively for ethical practices by individuals and organizations engaged in consultation to nonprofit organizations
  • Act in ways that bring credit to the consulting profession in the field of nonprofit organizations, with due respect and regard for colleagues in other professions and fields
  • Perform duties with sensitivity to the fact that their recommendations and actions may alter the lives and well-being of staff, volunteers, and the population served by their clients and the larger systems within which they operate
  • Be aware, at all times, of the cultural filters that may affect their view of the world, respect cultures different from their own, and be sensitive to cross-cultural and multi-cultural differences and their implications

In their working relationship with clients, members of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits agree to:

  • Recognize potential conflicts of interest or perceptions of conflict of interest, and disclose or resolve them
  • Deal constructively with conflicts of interest encountered within client relationships
  • Be timely in responding to requests for consultation and in clarifying the role, responsibility, and development of a work agreement with clients
  • Accept responsibility for the consequences of their acts and make reasonable efforts to ensure that their services are properly used, including termination of services if they are not being properly used
  • Practice within the limits of their competence and experience in providing knowledge and using various techniques
  • Serve the long-term interest of their clients, even when the work to be done has a short-term focus
  • Protect the confidentiality of information given in the professional consultant-client relationship
  • Seek feedback and evaluation from the clients they serve, both during the course of service and after the contract has been concluded
  • Avoid personal, sexual, or other inappropriate relationships with client board, staff, or volunteers while they are actively in service with them

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