The establishment of National Standards almost 10 years ago was a voluntary effort to raise the bar on common practices that make community foundations special. Read through the 41 National Standards community foundations must follow in order to achieve the National Standards Seal as a mark of excellence and accountability and you will see everything from financial practices to confidentiality agreements, from donor education to annual reports.
For the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and the other 500 community foundations now in compliance, these practices are all part of operating in way that achieves our mission and meet the highest expectations of the generous individuals, families and businesses that seek partnerships to make life better. As one of the first community foundations to qualify under the National Standards designation, we were proud to realize that our operations already were in line with the best practices of our peers and we continue to be proud of everything we do to make our operations even better.
As charitable regulations change and the expectations of our generous community continue to grow, we pledge to continue to meet and surpass benchmarks for quality in operations and service. This is work we want to do, because we know that national standards for all community foundations helps us all drive positive change and transform our communities forever.
To find out more about National Standards, supported as part of the Council on Foundations, and about the community foundation field, contact Emily Rushing. To find out more about how you can benefit from the quality service of your Community Foundation, contact Erin Stephenson.