Developed in the spirit of accountability, transparency, and continuous self-improvement, National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations are philanthropy's most rigorous standards—evidence that community foundations seek excellence for their communities and donors.
Since 2005, hundreds of community foundations have been confirmed in compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations fundraising and charitable activities support an accreditation program for community foundations and their philanthropic goals. The standards serve as both a blueprint for internal organizational development and a tangible set of benchmarks for external demonstration of operational excellence in six key areas:
- Mission, Structure, and Governance
- Resource Development
- Stewardship and Accountability
- Grantmaking and Community Leadership
- Donor Relations
What's New with National Standards?
The Council on Foundations, along with Community Foundations National Standards Board and the Community Foundations Leadership Team, is excited to unveil the next generation of National Standards. We're equally pleased to introduce you to a new, streamlined process and robust system of support, which you'll find at www.CFStandards.org. This new website features:
- step-by-step processes for confirmation and reconfirmation
- templates and sample documents
- tools you can use to make the case for National Standards to your board and staff
- information about and registration for training webinars
Think of this site as a searchable, comprehensive library of resources, tips, and guidance—all available to help you submit a strong case supporting your compliance with National Standards.
Get to know the new National Standards