The Allegan County Community Foundation has been recognized for having organizational and financial practices that are in accordance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. The Council on Foundations and leaders in the community foundation field created the National Standards to aid community foundations in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that would show the foundations’ transparency and financial responsibility in light of the increased public scrutiny of foundation practices.
Intended both as a blueprint for internal organizational development and as a set of benchmarks for external assessment of performance, the 43 National Standards address six key areas of community foundation operations: Mission, Structure and Governance, Resource Development, Stewardship and Accountability, Grantmaking and Community Leadership, Communications and Donor Relations. In order to achieve Confirmation of Compliance with the National Standards, community foundations must undergo an extensive review of their organizational and financial policies and procedures. The review is performed by trained, experienced community foundation practitioners. As one of 500 community foundations nationwide that have pledged to comply with National Standards, the Allegan County Community Foundation joins an elite group of those who have been confirmed.