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The Various Tools and Processes that Community Foundations Use to Improve Practice



Criteria for Membership in CFC

10 Principles

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WE EMBRACE DIVERSITY AND FOSTER RENEWAL

We believe there is strength in diversity. As our community‘s foundation, we have a responsibility to reflect its diversity. We continually renew our boards and staff, reach out to understand different points of view, and engage the broader community in our deliberations and decision making.

WE GRANT FOR BREADTH AND IMPACT

Grant dollars are community capital for seizing opportunities, finding solutions, sustaining what works, providing needed services, expressing ourselves and taking calculated risks. We grant broadly across the spectrum of community life, supporting organizations and programs that are making a difference.

WE BUILD COMMUNITY ASSETS AND CHAMPION PHILANTHROPY

Permanent endowments and other philanthropic funds are vital community resources now and for the future. We are passionate champions of philanthropy and engage donors young and old and from all walks of life and traditions. Our donors work with us to find the best ways possible to participate, learn and serve their communities while meeting their charitable goals.

WE LEARN AND SHARE WHAT WE KNOW

We have extraordinary opportunities to learn from the groups we fund, our donors, our partners and our colleagues around the country and the world. We learn, gather data, question, reflect, and evaluate so that we can have impact on the important issues in our community. We share what we are learning with others.

WE ARE RESPONSIVE AND ACCOUNTABLE

We are credible and reputable stewards of community resources and are committed to being accountable, responsive and transparent. We continually look for the best ways to invest our assets to meet our mission. We are open and accessible, fair and objective, flexible and timely as we work with grant seekers, donors, volunteers and others in the community.

The Criteria are well-defined. There is emphasis on the community foundation as a legal entity bound by the Income Tax Act to be appropriately qualified as donees. The CF governing body needs to be volunteers who are independent and autonomous from any one controlling body. In structure, the community foundation has pooled funds—permanent or non-permanent funds.

The Criteria are well-defined. There is emphasis on the community foundation as a legal entity bound by the Income Tax Act to be appropriately qualified as donees. The CF governing body needs to be volunteers who are independent and autonomous from any one controlling body. In structure, the community foundation has pooled funds—permanent or non-permanent funds.

Training for excellence

By 2000, the number of community foundations had rapidly increased in the country. With the public‘s enthusiastic giving to community foundations, one of the challenges faced then by CFC was that of ‘protecting the good name’ of community foundations. Its response was to offer training and skills building through its professional development program, CF-LINKS (Community Foundations-Leadership, Innovation, Networking, Knowledge, Support).

Who administers the guidelines and standards?

The local Boards of CFC members have accountability for meeting their organization‘s policies and standards as well as meeting the Criteria for Membership in CFC. In CFC, the Membership Board monitors compliance to criteria. Members have to adhere to the Criteria 1 to 8 for minimum compliance, while striving to be in the process of meeting criteria 9 to 13.