Accountability

For the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, success means measurable improvements in the communities we serve. Setting high standards for ourselves and our musical excellence is critical for that success.

Annually, we certify our adherence to standards that include comprehensive requirements for financial reporting, governance, ethics, diversity and operations. Specifically, the Chorus must meet the following:

Tax-Exempt Status

The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as well as corresponding provisions of other applicable state, local or foreign laws or regulations. Click here to view our IRS Determination Letter.  Click here to view our State of California Certificate of Status

Governance

The Chorus is governed by an active, responsible, and voluntary governing board to ensure effective governance over the policies and financial resources of the organization. The board is responsible for the Chorus delivering on their mission to create a positive musical experience through exciting performances which engage our audiences, build community support and provide a dynamic force for social change.

Ethics

The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus follow locally adopted codes of ethics for volunteers and staff that include provisions for ethical management, publicity, fundraising practices and full and fair disclosure. Click here to view our Conflict of Interest Policy.

Diversity

The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus has adopted policies/statements to ensure volunteers and staff broadly reflect the diversity of the community served.

Performance Excellence

Every two years, The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus conducts self-assessments of their governance, financial management and impact in the community.

Public Reporting and Disclosure

The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (Finest City Performing Arts, Inc.) must file the IRS Form 990 in a timely manner. Click here to view our IRS Form 990 under our corporate name Finest City Performing Arts, Inc. Additional copies may be obtained through our office upon request.

Equal Opportunity

It always has been and continues to be the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus policy that employees, contractors and volunteers should be able to enjoy a work environment free from all forms of unlawful employment discrimination. All decisions regarding recruiting, hiring, promotion, volunteers, assignment, training, termination, and other terms and conditions of employment will be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination. Individuals will be selected for promotion based on skill and ability. Where skill and ability are equal, then length of continuous employment will be the determining factor. Additionally, the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus prohibits unlawful harassment of its volunteers, employees, applicants, or independent contractors in any form. Complaints of unlawful employment discrimination or harassment should be reported to the Executive Director. In cases where investigation confirms the allegations, appropriate corrective action will be taken, regardless of whether the inappropriate conduct rises to the level of any violation of law. No employee or volunteer will suffer retaliation for reporting, in good faith, any violation of Chorus policy or unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Legal

The Chorus complies with all applicable local, state and federal operating and reporting requirements. Click here to view Finest City Performing Arts, Inc.’s Articles of Incorporation.