Record Retention and Destruction Policy

Assistance League of Northern Virginia a chapter of Assistance League®


In accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which makes it a crime to alter, cover up, falsify or destroy any document with the intent of impeding or obstructing any official proceeding, this policy provides for the systematic review, retention and destruction of documents received or created by Assistance League of Northern Virginia in connection with the transaction of corporate business. This policy covers all records and documents, regardless of physical form, contains guidelines for how long certain documents should be kept and how records should be destroyed (unless under a legal hold). The policy is designed to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, to eliminate accidental or innocent destruction of records and to facilitate Assistance League's operations by promoting efficiency and freeing up valuable storage space.

Document Retention

Assistance League follows the document retention procedures outlines below. Documents that are not listed, but are substantially similar to those listed in the schedule, will be retained for the appropriate length of time.

(Click the link below to view the Document Retention Table)

Electronic Documents and Records

Electronic documents shall be retained as if they were paper documents. Therefore, any electronic files, including records of donations made online, that fall into one of the document types on the above schedule will be maintained for the appropriate amount of time. If a user has sufficient reason to keep an e-mail message, the message should be printed in hard copy and kept in the appropriate file or moved to an "archive" computer file folder. Backup and recovery methods will be tested on a regular basis.

Emergency Planning

Assistance League's records will be stored in a safe, secure and accessible manner. Documents and financial files that are essential to keeping Assistance League operating in an emergency will be duplicated or backed up at least every month and maintained off-site.

Document Destruction

The chapter Treasurer is responsible for the ongoing process of identifying its records, which have met the required retention period and overseeing their destruction. Destruction of financial and personnel-related documents will be accomplished by shredding.

Document destruction will be suspended immediately upon any indication of an official investigation, or when a lawsuit is filed or appears imminent. Destruction will be reinstated upon conclusion of the investigation.


This Record Retention and Destruction Policy was last approved on May 9, 2012.

If further assistance is needed or for any questions, please contact the chapter as follows:

Assistance League of Northern Virginia
P.O. Box 209
Herndon, Virginia 20172-0209


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