EDTF Policies

Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund Advisory Council (EDTF-AC ) Policy on Branding and Inclusivity

The primary objective of the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund (EDTF) is to finance people-focused social and economic development projects. The Fund aims to finance projects that meet critical needs selected based on their potential to make the highest positive impact on groups and communities in Ethiopia in such areas as health, education, water and sanitation facilities, habilitation and rehabilitation of persons with disability, agricultural development, technology, small scale entrepreneurship and other income and employment generating projects. The EDTF will give priority attention to projects focusing on youth, women, small holder farmers, small enterprises and entrepreneurs, who can be agents of inclusive social and economic development.

EDTF Advisory Council (AC) has two principal objectives:

  1. raise awareness and public education on EDTF charitable activities, and
  2. promote grassroots diaspora mobilization through chapters, social and conventional media and through direct community engagement so that they contribute to and promote the EDTF.

The EDTF AC is cognizant of the fact that in the current transitional period in Ethiopia, different viewsand opinions are expressed verbally, in writing and symbolically.

EDTF is neutral with respect to political views, opinions or orientations. EDTF neither advances nor promotes any political agenda. EDTF is keenly focused on its mission of raising awareness and funds to support and finance critical socio-economic projects in Ethiopia.

EDTF neutrality is consistent with its declared mission and purpose of being an all-inclusive global diaspora effort which actively solicits and invites participation and support from all Diaspora Ethiopians regardless of ethnicity, religion, language, region, gender, political views or any other factors.

EDTF fully respects the rights of free expression of its members, donors and Ethiopians at large.

It is EDTF policy for all Chapters to use exclusively EDTF logo and other EDTF sanctioned promotional materials in their official activities to ensure EDTF brand awareness, consistency, and loyalty and to avoid needless confusion, misconception and misunderstanding.

Friends of EDTF Inc. Confidentiality Agreement

It is the policy of the Friends of the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund, Inc., (FEDTF) that Advisory Council members, Board members, staff, employees, volunteers, consultants and any others in confidential relationship with FEDTF will not disclose confidential information belonging to, or obtained through their affiliation with FEDTF to any person, including their relatives, friends, and business and professional associates, unless FEDTF has authorized disclosure in writing.

The signatory hereunder agrees part of what s/he learns and accesses by way of information, communication or data in any form from service to FEDTF is necessary to provide services to FEDTF clients, partners and others who have a relationship with FEDTF. It is also agreed the foregoing are shared or accessed within the development of a helping, trusting relationship with FEDTF partners and others who do business or interact with FEDTF. Therefore, any of the foregoing gained in the course of service on in any relationship to FEDTF are deemed confidential unless expressly declared in writing not confidential by FEDTF.

This policy is not intended to prevent disclosure where disclosure is required by law.

Advisory council members, board members, staff, employees, volunteers, consultants any others in confidential relationship with FEDTF are cautioned to demonstrate professionalism, good judgment, and reasonable care in handling information and other materials mentioned above.

Failure to maintain confidentiality may result in termination of your employment, volunteer service and any other relationship with FEDTF.

Upon separation from relationship with FEDTF, it is the obligation and duty of the signatory of this confidentiality agreement to promptly return all documents, papers, electronic identification and passwords and other materials, that may contain confidential information.


I agree to treat as confidential all information I learn or acquire about clients, partners and others in any relationship with FEDTF during the performance of my duties as _______________________ and I understand that it would be a violation of policy to disclose such information to anyone without express written approval of the FEDTF President or duly designated appointee.

Signature ____________________

Date _______________________

Name ______________________


I have read the FEDTF’s policy on confidentiality and the Statement of Confidentiality presented above. I agree to abide by the requirements of the policy and inform the President of FEDTF immediately if I believe any violation (unintentional or otherwise) of the policy has occurred. I understand that violation of this policy will lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of my service with FEDTF.

Signature ____________________

Name ______________________

Date _______________________

Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund (EDTF) Policy On Donor Subscriptions, Refunds, Cancellations and Erroneous Payments

This policy affirms current EDTF practice on donor subscriptions, refund requests, cancellations and erroneous payments.

The EDTF Terms of Reference (TOR), that is posted on the EDTF website, provides the EDTF rationale, objectives, guiding principles and operating procedures, including the EDTF’s governance, project approval, implementation, reporting monitoring and evaluation arrangements. Donors who make voluntary contributions to the EDTF accept all the provisions of the EDTF TOR.

Voluntary donations made by donors on the basis of the EDTF TOR are not eligible for refund once the donations are deposited in the EDTF Bank Account.

EDTF will refund donated funds in full and in a timely manner (minus the transaction fee charged by payment processors, which EDTF does not receive) any donation that has been made erroneously. Erroneous donations arise when donors who intended to donate a certain amount mistakenly donate a different amount by specifying a wrong amount or indicating the wrong box on the website.

EDTF will honor donor requests for cancellation of subscriptions or future donations that are to be paid in recurrent amounts in annual, monthly or other time frames.

By posting this policy on its website, EDTF is notifying donors of its policy on donor subscriptions, refund requests, cancellations and erroneous payments.

EDTF’s website and its associated payment processors will maintain record of donor subscription duration, beginning date, re-billing and end date.

The EDTF website provides donors ability to login and see the status and terms of their subscription and make any changes they desire, including modifying or canceling their subscriptions.

EDTF website home page provides information to donors on how to contact the EDTF Donor Support Team for any donation related issue.