National Standards Accreditation Affirms Our Commitment to Excellence

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County announced today receipt of national accreditation issued by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®. This accreditation, signified by the Seal, indicates that the Community Foundation of H/R meets the highest standards for philanthropic excellence.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for our community,” said Joe Paxton, Chair of the Board. “When people trust us with a charitable bequest, or set up a fund while they are living, they do so knowing that the Foundation meets the rigorous national standards for excellence in donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration.”

The Foundation works diligently to protect the community’s assets, and to allow the donors to achieve their charitable goals. National Standards ensures donors, grantees and the community that the Foundation has policies in place for financial stability and longevity, affirming continued commitment to excellence. In short: the Foundation is a proven place for persons to give, and to make a difference.

The process of earning National Standards accreditation is arduous, requiring community foundations adopt and implement policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. The compliance documentation for TCFHR was reviewed by a community foundation expert, selected from a panel appointed by the Community Foundations National Standards Board. The Standards Board is a supporting organization of the Council on Foundations in Arlington, V.A.

“The National Standards accreditation says this house is in order” said Revlan Hill, Executive Director of The Community Foundation. “It is excellent validation of the work we do on behalf of our donors and this community.”

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County was accredited by the Community Foundations National Standards Board in December 2018. Accreditation is valid for five years until December 2023.