Community foundation earns accreditation

Community foundation earns accreditation

The Hancock County Community Foundation earned accreditation this month from the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. To receive this designation, it documented processes showing compliance with standards for operationally and legally sound community foundations.

The accreditation represents the foundation’s commitment to go above and beyond federal and state law requirements to demonstrate accountability and excellence to communities, policymakers and the public, according to a press release.

“In order for our work to achieve maximum impact, we need to maintain the community’s confidence in our ability to effectively steward charitable dollars,” said Mary Gibble, president. “Integrity and transparency are key. This accreditation shows our donors, grantees and the community at large that we are operating in a way that best serves Hancock County.”

National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations accreditation signifies operational effectiveness to foster excellence in community philanthropy. The community foundation has remained accredited since the national standards program began in 2005.

The community foundation works with caring individuals, families and organizations to create or grow existing permanent funds called endowments. These funds generate income that is distributed in the form of grants and scholarships to enrich and enhance life in Hancock County as well as support the donor’s favorite charitable causes, both at home and afar forever. The community foundation has granted over $11.4 million since its inception in 1992.