Harrison County Community Foundation in Top Philanthropic Tier Nationally PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 March 2009 00:00
    Harrison County Community Foundation recently received notification that it has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability. The notice comes from the Council on Foundations, a national professional association based in Washington, D.C.
    “This is similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal for community foundations,” said Steve Gunderson, Council on Foundations president and chief executive officer. “It says that Harrison County Community 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. With over 200 community foundations already confirmed in compliance nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors.
    “This is critically important to our donors,” said Steve Gilliland, Harrison County Community Foundation Executive Director. “When people make a charitable bequest or establish a fund 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.”
Harrison County Community Foundation offers a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause such as education or the environment, support an individual organization, or provide flexible support for community needs. In addition to affirming the organization’s philanthropic services, the confirmation validates Harrison County Community Foundation’s grantmaking practices for the nonprofit community.
    “Some say it’s easier to create wealth than to give money away wisely,” said Paul Beckort, Harrison County Community Foundation board President. “There’s some truth in that. Grantmaking is a lot like investing… we need to assess risks, weigh potential gains, diversify assets, monitor performance and operate fairly. When you see the National Standards Seal, you can be assured that we’re committed to meeting the highest standards for grantmaking as well.”
The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program is the first of its kind for charitable foundations in the United States.
    Through philanthropic services, strategic investments and community leadership, Harrison County Community Foundation helps people support the causes they care about, now and for generations to come.
    The Council on Foundations is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit membership association of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and corporations, with assets totaling more than $280 billion. The Council provides the opportunity, leadership and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. For more information on the Council, visit its website at www.cof.org.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2009 09:54