Standards in Practice

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

Wednesday, March 7 // 12:00 AM

I often hear people refer to the “Council on Foundations National Standards program” or being “certified with National Standards by the Council on Foundations.” There is some confusion out there in the field, but the Community Foundations National Standards Board (CNFSB) accredits community foundations in compliance with the National Standards for US Community Foundations™.

Thursday, February 23 // 1:48 PM

I have visited many community foundations in the last four years and in every single instance, I have come away thinking that the work community foundations do is simply amazing. A few weeks ago, Emily Watkins and I traveled to Berks County Community Foundation (BCCF) to make a National Standards presentation to the board of directors. Our friend and colleague Kevin Murphy invited us to come a day early so that we had time to visit with the staff and some of their grantees.