November 15, 2022
The Putnam County Community Foundation (PCCF) recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence from the National Standards program of the Council on Foundations. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations.
“Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Randy Royster, board president of the Council on Foundations. “This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that indicates the Community Foundation demonstrates a commitment to transparency, quality, integrity, and accountability as it carries out its mission.”
The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With more than 500 community foundations already accredited nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors.
“It is incredibly gratifying for the Putnam County Community Foundation to earn the National Standards accreditation,” said Neysa Meyer, Executive Director. “Our Board and staff have worked hard to earn this tremendous honor. This acknowledgment is truly a testament to the Community Foundation’s commitment to Putnam County communities and to our donors’ philanthropic goals.”
The Community Foundation holds, invests, and administers a collection of separate funds established to meet philanthropic goals of donors and the needs of Putnam County in a variety of areas including education, arts, health and human services, animal welfare, and more. The income from this pool is awarded in the form of grants to meet community needs and aspirations both now and in the future.
“For donors, this accreditation should instill confidence that their charitable giving is being responsibly stewarded to support the current and future needs of our community,” said PCCF Board President, Jeff McCall. “For grantees and other members of the community, it should signify PCCF’s equitable and impactful grantmaking efforts. It’s something that our entire community should be proud of.”
For additional information about the Putnam County Community Foundation, persons may contact Sarah Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 765.653.4978.