National Standards for CF's


Seeking Compliance?

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As the effects of the economy become more defined and competition for gifts increases, National Standards are more important than ever. Compliance shows evidence of excellence. It guides sound policies and accountability. It builds capacity to carry out missions. And, it makes community foundations distinctive from other types of organizations.  The Iowa Council of Foundations supports the efforts of Iowa Community Foundations to be confirmed and reconfirmed with National Standards. Scroll down to browse a range of resources available to our Iowa Community Foundations.  Let us know how we can help you in this important process!


Iowa Community Foundations confirmed in compliance with the National Standards for US Community Foundations, please visit this page - the Community Foundations with the Standards seal are nationally recognized as achieving this outstanding designation.



Why National Standards?

Contact the ICoF to access this presentation, a comprehensive tool for sharing the value of National Standards with your board/staff.

National Standards Overview

 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.  Contact the ICoF.

Website Guide

This simple two-pager offers a "point-by-point" guide to navigating the new  National Standards site a robust online library that is packed with tools and must-see information about National Standards.  Contact the ICoF for this resource.