Benefits of Accreditation

Accreditation Benefits

  • Legal guidance from lawyers who specialize in exempt organizations law, including sample documents, responses to request for information, and review of submitted policies and procedures.
  • The rigorous accreditation process provides valuable training in organizational management to boards and executives.
  • Displaying the National Standards logo that symbolizes organizational excellence on your website and materials and on Guidestar.

Recognition of Accreditation from Policymakers and Regulators

  • The Council on Foundation’s policy team educates federal and state legislators on community foundation voluntary self-regulation.
  • Bonus points for the HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Private Partnerships.
  • Three states, Iowa, Kentucky, and Maryland, already recognize National Standards with tax credit legislation connected to donations to community foundations with National Standards accreditation.
  • California law permits accredited community foundations to be eligible managers of land trust endowments.