The Telluride Foundation, a community foundation located in rural southwest Colorado, recently embarked on an initiative to link its grantmaking to measurable outcomes, ensuring that grant funding can be tracked to quantifiable changes...

For the past 10 years, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (CFGNH) has been at the forefront of involving parents in their children’s educational and cultural development through its support of Parents and Communities for...

In 2007, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay launched an initiative for at-risk youth. During its research, the foundation noticed the successes of Connected by 25, a Hillsborough County organization and initiative of the Annie E....

“Colonia” means “community” in Spanish, but the term has come to refer to residential border neighborhoods that are deplorably lacking in basic infrastructure.

In just one year, the number of marathon runners in Salina, Kan. tremendously increased.

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Community foundations provide a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving. As public charities devoted to local communities, they offer a variety of giving tools to help people achieve their charitable goals—and create lasting community good.

Developed in the spirit of accountability, transparency and continuous self-improvement, National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations are evidence that community foundations seek excellence for their communities and their donors.

Sound Policies and Practices

National Standards guide the sound policies and practices that help community foundations achieve results and impact. Hundreds of community foundations proudly display the official National Standards seal that signifies their compliance and distinguishes them as a smart investment for philanthropists. Intended as a blueprint for internal organizational development and as a tangible set of benchmarks for external assessment of performance, the 41 National Standards address six key areas of community foundation operations:

  • Mission, structure and governance
  • Resource development
  • Stewardship and accountability
  • Grantmaking and community leadership
  • Donor relations
  • Communications
Tips to get your community foundation started on the road to compliance