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National Standards

In 2013, the Community Foundation of North Central Washington was reconfirmed in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. The Council on Foundations and leaders of the community foundation field created the National Standards to aid community foundations in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that demonstrate transparency and financial responsibility.

In addition, National Standards were developed to distinguish community foundations from other philanthropic vehicles, build the capacity of community foundations to carry out their missions, and assist the field with self-regulation in a manner viewed positively by the Internal Revenue Service. With National Standard Designation, donors are assured that they will receive the highest standards of care and accountability with the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

To receive accreditation, community foundations must demonstrate that they meet 41 National Standards benchmarks in six key areas:

  • mission, structure and governance
  • stewardship and accountability
  • donor relations
  • resources development
  • grant-making and community leadership
  • and communications

We welcome you to review a detailed description of these standards from the Council on Foundations. A copy of our 990 and independent audit is available upon request. In addition, form 990T shall be available any year that it is filed.

Community Foundations National Standards Board

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