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National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations

Tipton County Foundation in Top Philanthropic Tier Nationally

Local Organization Meets Rigorous Standards for Quality and Accountability

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Tipton County Foundation has been recognized since 2007 for having organizational and financial practices that are in accordance with the Ethical and Operational Standards for Community Foundations. Leaders of the Indiana community foundation field created the Standards in 2000 to aid community foundations in establishing legal, ethical, and effective operational practices that would demonstrate the foundations’ transparency and financial responsibility in light of the increased public scrutiny of foundation practices.

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.

“This is similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal for community foundations,” said Steve Gunderson, then the Council on Foundations president and chief executive officer. “It says that Tipton County Foundation has demonstrated a commitment to operational quality, integrity, and accountability.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking, and administration.

“This is critically important to our donors,” said Tom McKinney, Tipton County Foundation board chairman when TCF was first accredited. “When people make a charitable bequest, establish a fund, or set up an annuity, they are putting their trust in us. They are counting on us to manage the investment wisely, honor their charitable wishes, and, in some cases, provide lifetime income to a loved one. The National Standards confirmation says our house is in order. When you see the National Standards Seal, you can be assured that we’re committed to meeting the highest standards for grantmaking as well.”

  • Mission, Structure and Governance, including standards defining board accountability, compensation, independence, fiduciary responsibility, and representation of the community.

  • Resource Development, including parameters for administration of funds, disclosures to donors and commitment to building long-term resources for varied community issues and causes.

  • Stewardship and Accountability, covering prudent investment and management of funds, transparent record-keeping, use of funds for their intended purpose, annual audits and public availability of financial information, including standards related to due diligence and community responsiveness.

  • Grantmaking and Community Leadership, including standards related to broad and open grantmaking programs, due diligence and responsiveness to changing community needs.

  • Donor Relations, encompassing guidelines for informing, educating, and involving donors in responding to community needs.

  • Communications, including openness to public scrutiny and frequent communications about activities and finances. 

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