FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2019
West Chester, PA- Chester County Community Foundation recently received accreditation by the Community Foundations National Standards Board
for philanthropic excellence. This accreditation represents the Chester County Community Foundation’s commitment to upholding federal and state law requirements of accountability to communities, policymakers, and the public.
“Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Tony Morris, Chair of the Board of Directors. “This accreditation is a significant accomplishment which clearly demonstrates the Chester County Community Foundation’s 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. It establishes legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere. With over 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.
Located in the Historic Lincoln Building in West Chester, PA, the Chester County Community Foundation celebrates their 25th Anniversary in 2019. Since its founding, the Chester County Community Foundation has focused on long-term legacy philanthropy, so that charitable assets are available to help nonprofits thrive in challenging as well as prosperous economic times. Since inception, they have awarded nearly $40 million via 9,200 grants and scholarships.
“This accreditation is very important to retaining and strengthening donor relationships,” said Karen Simmons, Chester County Community Foundation president. “When people come to the Chester County Community Foundation to make a charitable bequest or establish a fund, they are entrusting us with their investment and charitable wishes. The National Standards accreditation reaffirms our commitment to providing a lifetime of support to our donors.”
About the Chester County Community Foundation
Headquartered in West Chester’s Historic Lincoln Building, the Chester County Community Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter, so their legacy philanthropy makes a difference now and forever. The Community Foundation holds over $60 million in trust and annually awards $2.5+ million in grants and scholarships. www.chescocf.org.
About the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Accreditation Program
The Community Foundations National Standards Board is a supporting organization of the Council on Foundations and is responsible for the quality, value and integrity of compliance with National Standards. For more information on the National Standards Board, visit its website at www.cfstandards.org.