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About The Ark’s Governance Policies

In 2010, The Ark’s Board of Directors approved a series of governance policies in compliance with nonprofit disclosure requirements from the IRS Form 990. (The 990 is the annual federal tax form that all nonprofit organizations with gross annual receipts of $25,000 or more are required to file.) This change in nonprofit reporting requirements paralleled the Sarbanes-Oxley requirements for publically-owned corporations following the Enron scandal.

The current Form 990 disclosures do not require but strongly encourage nonprofit boards to adopt a variety of board policies regarding governance practices. Suggestions for nonprofits go beyond Sarbanes-Oxley in some instances. 

We are pleased to be in compliance with the disclosure requirements and the best practices that many of these policies represent. In the interest of transparency, select Ark Governance Policies are posted here. The Ark's Board revised and updated the policies in 2017.

Communicating a Concern Regarding Compliance

Any person who wants to communicate a concern regarding The Ark’s compliance with a legal requirement or written Ark policy is encouraged to begin by contacting their direct supervisor. As an alternative, communication may be made to the Executive Director, Board Chair, or, in the event of a concern related to finance or financial controls, the Audit Committee Chair.

Communication may be made in person, by phone or in writing. Communications may be designated confidential, but anonymous communications will not be considered. All such communications will be handled with sensitivity, discretion and confidentiality to the extent allowed by the circumstances and the law. They will be reviewed and addressed by appropriate Ark representatives. A reply will be given once the issue has been reviewed.

Ark policy expressly prohibits any board member, employee or volunteer from retaliating or taking any adverse action against anyone who, in good faith, raises or helps to resolve credible concerns regarding Ark policy or legal issues.

Direct Supervisor for Club Volunteers and Assistant House Managers:    

Operations Director
Emily Ross
(734) 761-1800 ext. 23

Direct Supervisor for Production Volunteers:    

Operations Director
Emily Ross
(734) 761-1800 ext. 23

Executive Director
Marianne James
(734) 761-1800 ext. 24

Board Chair
Susan McClanahan