What is a "geographic affiliate" for purposes of this requirement?
While the term "geographic affiliate" is used in many different ways, for the purposes of National Standards, a "geographic affiliate" is defined as a component fund (or collection of component funds) established within or by the community foundations, serving a defined geographic region and under a common advisory group. These affiliates operate under the legal control of the applicant community foundation. For example, a fund that serves a particular county in your service area with its own advisory board but whose activities are under the control of the applicant community foundation would fall under this definition. In contrast, a women's fund serving your entire service area would not meet this definition. Separately incorporated charities, including supporting organizations, are also not covered by this definition.