These tenets were established by Dr. Samuel Thompson at the time of the Foundation's creation in 1973. These tenets have changed a bit over time, but we are believe they are as valid today as they were when Dr. Thompson put his pen to paper.)
- The Foundation rejects all manifestations of discrimination, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and gender expression, age, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, religious/non-religious, spiritual, or political beliefs, socio-economic class, or any of the other differences among people which may be excuses for misunderstanding, dissension or hatred. We recognize and cherish the richness contributed to our lives by our diversity. We take pride in all our achievements, and we celebrate our differences.
- The Foundation does not espouse nationalism. The Foundation has members in almost every nation in the world, and we look forward to holding workshops in countries we have not yet visited.
- The Foundation's membership records do not carry any information concerning a member's race. Registrants attending our educational programs represent all races.
- The Foundation's membership records do not carry any information concerning a member's ethnic background. Registrants attending our educational programs come from a diversity of ethnic backgrounds.
- The Foundation does not endorse or tolerate any form of bias against gender, sexual preference, expression, or identity. All Foundation members are embraced equally and treated with respect.
- The Foundation is nonsectarian. The membership records of The Foundation do not carry any information concerning the religious preference of a member and does not tolerate any bias against any religion or lack thereof.
- The Foundation is apolitical. We believe in peaceful freedom of speech and tolerance toward all views. We reject all forms of intolerance and hateful speech.
- The Foundation is a non-profit organization. The only means The Foundation has of supporting its many educational programs is from annual dues contributed by Individual Members, Corporate Members, and Institutional Members; registration fees charged for some of its seminars and symposia; funds generated from its sale of print and electronic publications; dedicated contributions made by Patrons and Members; and donations made by non-members.
- In the pursuit of its financial goals, The Foundation does not use professional solicitors to raise the funds it needs. The Foundation does not pay any consulting firm to manage its administration or programs. The Foundation relies entirely on volunteerism and has done so very successfully for over many years. The funds that our members pay in dues or fees is utilized 100% in support of current programs and services.