Standards in Practice

Tuesday, December 6 // 10:12 AM

We write to share important news regarding an impending change to the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® accreditation process. Effective January 1, 2017 National Standards will require community foundations seeking accreditation to include a fund activity policy as part of their submission. There will be multiple ways to implement this new requirement into current practices and be compliant with National Standards, including through

Friday, November 18 // 12:11 PM

The Nominations Committee of the Community Foundations National Standards Board is seeking nominations for the upcoming term.

Please consider nominating yourself, a colleague, or a board member for an open position on the Community Foundations National Standards Board (CFNSB).  The CFNSB is a collegial group of professionals from across the U.S. seeking to advance the community foundation field through a robust national accreditation program and public policies that enhance a community of philanthropy nationwide. 

Thursday, July 28 // 10:37 AM
The Community Foundations National Standards Board, as the entity charged with administering the Community Foundation National Standards program, has been following media coverage of former board member Hugh Ralston’s recent departure from Central Valley Community Foundation (CFCF) and departure in 2014 from the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF).
Friday, November 16 // 11:26 AM

By Daria Teutonico, National Standards Manager, Community Foundations National Standards Board 

Tuesday, August 7 // 10:28 AM

By Daria Teutonico, National Standards Manager, Community Foundations National Standards Board

The Fall Conference for Community Foundations is fast approaching. The program includes sessions covering a variety of interesting topics and issues. I want to make sure that you are aware of several opportunities at the conference to learn about the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™.

Monday, May 14 // 2:36 PM

By Michelle Martin, The Chicago Community Trust

Tackling the National Standards is a big project, whether you are applying for confirmation or reconfirmation. The Chicago Community Trust recently secured reconfirmation with the National Standards, and I’d like to share some of the strategies we used. They might help make your process less daunting.

1. Start Early

Friday, March 30 // 3:05 PM

By Emily Jones Rushing, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham 

The first community foundation was established almost 100 years ago, so this type of public endowment has truly passed the test of time. Following National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations helps applicants pass other important tests, making sure their policies and practices match the highest quality of service and accountability.

Thursday, March 22 // 1:43 PM

Tomorrow is my last day as a Council on Foundations employee—I’m leaving to take a job at another association in D.C. It is exciting to have a new job, but it is also hard to leave one that I have so enjoyed. In the last four years, I have had the privilege of working on the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations and it has been an incredible learning journey. I have met hundreds of people over these years and found that no matter where you’re located, there are some fundamental truths to our work.

Wednesday, March 21 // 11:14 AM

By Andrew Schulz, Vice President of Legal and Governmental Relations, Council on Foundations

Monday, March 12 // 12:00 AM

By Rachel Rabe, Community Foundation of the Quincy Area