Whistleblower Policy

The Whistleblower Policy was created to report potential financial abuses or illegal and unethical activities.

Recommended by: Audit Committee

August 3, 2012
March 5, 2017
June 2019
Approved by: Board of Directors

In keeping with the policy of maintaining the highest standards of conduct and ethics, the Arthritis Foundation will investigate any suspected theft,  fraudulent or dishonest use or misuse of the Arthritis Foundation’s resources or property, improper destruction of records, or violations of the Foundation’s Conflict of Interest Policy by employees, board members, consultants or volunteers. The Arthritis Foundation has established a process by which employees, consultants and volunteers can report suspected fraudulent or dishonest conduct without fear of retaliation or other adverse consequences.  A nationwide toll-free number has been made available to all Arthritis Foundation employees, volunteers and members of the community for such reporting when deemed necessary.

A person’s concerns about possible fraudulent or dishonest use or misuse of resources or property should first be discussed with his or her immediate supervisor or, if suspected by a volunteer, to the staff member supporting the volunteer’s work. If, for any reason, a person finds it difficult to report his or her concerns to a supervisor or management team member supporting the volunteer’s work, the person may report the concerns directly to a member of the Senior Leadership Team or to the Chief Executive Officer.  However, this mechanism is intended to provide an option if employees believe their concern has not been properly addressed or if they are uncomfortable in discussing it with their managers.  

An additional mechanism of reporting is available through a nationwide toll-free number 866-229-6636 and is administered by an independent third-party.   Any employee or any non-employee may report questionable activity related to financial controls, reporting, audits, accounting issues, and other forms of potential financial impropriety by calling this toll-free number.  This number may also be used to report any allegations of dishonest conduct by Foundation employees or volunteers acting on behalf of the Foundation.  

Callers may choose to remain anonymous by not giving their name and the investigating parties will make every effort to maintain anonymity or confidentiality in the course of the investigation.  Calls received by the whistleblower operators will be summarized and forwarded as soon as possible to the Vice President of Human Resources, and to the Chair of the Audit Committee.  In the event that the subject of the whistleblower’s complaint is either of those individuals, the call will be forwarded to the Chief Operating Officer instead of the individual.  

The Vice President of Human Resources or other designated individual will examine the concern and bring it to the attention of the appropriate member of the Senior Leadership Team or Executive Committee to determine a strategy for investigating the complaint.  All complaints covered by the Whistleblower Policy will be reported to the Chair of the Audit Committee, who will provide direction and oversight for the investigation.  The Audit Committee Chair will report on the status of all complaints to the full Audit Committee, and if appropriate, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors on all matters deemed significant.

Making this whistleblower mechanism available to all employees, consultants and volunteers should not be construed to indicate that the organization is concerned that a problem exists.  The Foundation believes it is important to have a mechanism to ensure there are never any doubts about the propriety of the Arthritis Foundation’s financial management or other activities of the organization or individuals.  If questions are raised, concerned individuals should have a mechanism to express their concerns.  The Foundation adheres to this level of ethical standard to its employees, board members, consultants and volunteers alike.  Employees or other persons making whistleblower reports in good faith shall not suffer discharge, demotion, suspension, threats or harassment or be discriminated against in any way as a consequence of making such reports.

To the extent any provision of this policy is inconsistent with any applicable federal, state or local laws, this policy shall be construed in that jurisdiction, to the minimum extent necessary, to allow compliance with applicable laws. The Foundation should not rely solely on this policy but should refer to and abide by any applicable state and local laws governing matters covered in this policy. 

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The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

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By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.