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




Who administers these guidelines or standards?

Applications for the Seal of Approval are deliberated upon by an independent jury who reviews the submitted documents and based on these, decides on the compliance with the 10 Characteristics of a Community Foundation.

At a Glance:

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

Germany Areas/Aspects of Operations
Structure (who administers standards/ guidelines) Mission, Structure, Governance Resource Development Stewardship and Accountability Grantmaking and Community Leadership Donor Relations Communications

Independent jury from among representatives of Community Foundations deliberates on application for Seal of Approval

Federal Government and State Gov‘t agencies

including those administering the Foundation Tax Laws and Tax Reform


Community Foundation Charter

10 Characteristics of Community Foundations

Best practice guides (e.g. on setting up a CF, fundraising, marketing, financial management etc.)

Network of CFs run by Community Foundations Initiative/CF-Affinity Group within the Association of German Foundations


10 Characteristics of Community Foundations

Federal Government tax incentives

Volunteerism processes promoted by Aktive Burgerschaft

Idea of CFs promoted by Community Foundations Initiative, qualifying of CF activists


National standards:

Seal of Approval

Legal standards

Best practice guides for community foundations


National standards

National Holiday of Community Foundations, anchored by the Affinity Group of the Association and CFI

Several awards for CFs by CFI and others (private fdns. . Federal German Ministries)

Annual Award for best practice ("Förderpreis Aktive Bürgerschaft") given by Aktive Burgerschaft


Engagement processes:

Create your donor-advised Fund; Donate on basis of “Flow-through-Money”

Annual Recognition events by the Association of German Foundations


Annual Report with Audited Statements

Annual March Survey of CFI

Separate annual reports on Facts and Trends (on CFs in Germany) by CFI and the Aktive Buergerschaft

Press Reports and special website

“StiftungsWelt” magazine of the Association of German Foundations provides critical information and current activities