Hazle Hamilton Elected President of the Community Foundations National Standards Board

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Arlington, VA

The Community Foundations National Standards Board has elected Hazle Hamilton, Executive Vice President of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, as its new President. Hamilton will succeed R. Randall (Randy) Royster in the leadership position. Royster has transitioned onto the Council on Foundations Board. The Community Foundations National Standards Board oversees the management and administration of the National Standards for US Community Foundations™ (National Standards) program.

Speaking about the importance and value of National Standards accreditation, Hamilton said, “As an accredited foundation, [the Community Foundation of Central Georgia] can confidently engage with the public, including donors, grantees and professional advisors, knowing that our work is supported by best practices in the field, and that risks have been minimized by ensuring that we are operating in accordance with current laws and regulations.” See more at: http://www.cof.org/blogs/re-philanthropy/2016-04-04/engaging-national-standards-accreditation-program

The National Standards is a compliance program for community foundations. By applying for accreditation, community foundations demonstrate how they rigorously self-regulate their operations, investments, and programs above and beyond what the law requires. 

Hamilton joined the staff of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia in August, 2000.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPA's, and the Georgia Society of CPA's.  In addition to serving on the Community Foundations National Standards Board, she is a member of the Fiscal and Administrative Officers Group for Community Foundations (FAOG). She was a 2006 Southeastern Council of Foundations HullFellow and is a graduate of the National Planned Giving Institute of the College of William & Mary. She is a member and former President of the Macon Estate Planning Council and the Career Women's Network of Macon. She is a graduate of Leadership Macon. She is a graduate of Mercer University and has a background in public accounting. No stranger to leadership positions on the National Standards Board, Hamilton previously served as Treasurer of the Board.    

Outgoing President Royster, who is also trained as a lawyer, began his career in real estate, construction, and health care, before making the switch to the nonprofit world by becoming the President and CEO of the Albuquerque Community Foundation in 2005

In addition to Hamilton’s election, the National Standards Board also approved the confirmation of two new members, Robin Foreman-Wheeler and Sandi Roehrig. The Board also elected Rebecca Carr as Treasuer and Janice Black will continue as Secretary.

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About National Standards

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™ (National Standards) is a compliance program for community foundations. By applying for accreditation, community foundations demonstrate how they rigorously self-regulate their operations, investments, and programs above and beyond what the law requires.  For more information about National Standards accreditation, visit www.cof.org/cfstandards