National Standards for Community Foundations

Council on Foundations

Developed in the spirit of accountability, transparency and continuous self-improvement, National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations have been updated to meet the evolving realities of community foundations. Compliance shows evidence of your excellence. It guides sound policies and accountability. It builds capacity to carry out your missions. And, it makes you distinctive from other types of organizations.

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy supports your effort to be confirmed or reconfirmed with National Standards. See below the range of resources are available to you as a benefit of your membership.

Why National Standards? (PPT)
A comprehensive tool for sharing the value of National Standards compliance with your board and staff.

National Standards Overview (PDF)
This one-page handout is perfect for understanding and sharing the basics about National Standards—what they cover, what they're for, how the process has changed, what support is available and the cost of accreditation.

Guide to Using the National Standards Website (PDF)
This simple two-pager offers a "point-by-point" guide to navigating the new, one-stop National Standards site (see link below) - a robust, online library that is packed with tools and must-see information about National Standards.