National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations are evidence that as a community foundation, you are committed to excellence for your communities and your donors. Learn more about National Standards with this overview.
National Standards Overview
Confirmation At A Glance
Each step of the confirmation process is described simply to serve as an at-a-glance reference.
Reconfirmation At A Glance
Each step of the reconfirmation process is described simply to serve as an at-a-glance reference.
Compliance Requirements Checklist
Use this tabs checklist while building your record binder to make sure you've included all the required documentation.
Awarding Scholarships, Fellowships and Other Grants to Individuals
These procedures outline the process of awarding scholarship and other grants to individuals, and ensure the community foundation's compliance with applicable requirements of the Internal Revenue Code.
Comparing Grantmaking Strategies
It can be difficult to choose which grantmaking strategy will be most effective. This document compares four different models and helps foundations choose which will best serve their community.
Like any management tool, a strategic plan can help a community foundations improve its work. This document outlines the basic elements of a strategic plan and helps guide the planning process.
Building a Successful Relationship with Your Board
The relationship between a community foundation's CEO and its board is crucial to the organization's effectiveness. This tool is specifically designed for CEOs who want to build a better relationship with their board chairs.
Working With the Media
This document provides guidelines for working with the media and incorporating a media strategy into your communication plan.