McPherson —McPherson County Community Foundation recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence.

McPherson —McPherson County Community Foundation recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community FoundationsTM establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere.
“Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Hugh Ralston, Chair of the Community Foundations National Standards Board. “This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that says
McPherson County Community Foundation has demonstrated a commitment to quality, integrity and accountability.”
The National Standards for U.S. Community FoundationsTM program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grant making and administration. 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.
“This is critically important to our donors,” said Becky Goss, McPherson County Community Foundation President/CEO. “When people make a charitable bequest or establish a fund, they are putting their trust in us. They are counting on us to manage the investment wisely, honor their charitable wishes and, in some cases, provide lifetime income to a loved one. The National Standards accreditation says our house is in order.”
McPherson County Community Foundation works to meet critical community needs and support local causes, including supporting the arts, youth philanthropy, educational programs, expanding literacy and feeding children”.
McPherson County Community Foundation offers a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause, support an individual organization, provide flexible support for community needs or recommend individual grants. In addition to affirming the organization’s philanthropic services, the accreditation validates McPherson County Community Foundation’s grantmaking practices for the nonprofit community.
“Grantmaking is a lot like investing,” said Bob Kohrs, McPherson County Community Foundation Board Chair. “We need to assess risks, weigh potential gains, diversify assets, monitor performance and operate fairly. With our National Standards accreditation, you can be assured that we’re doing just that.”
National Standards for U.S. Community FoundationsTM is the first program of its kind for charitable foundations in the United States.