National Standards Accreditation Affirms Our Commitment to Excellence

Winona Community Foundation has recently been accredited with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®—the highest standards for philanthropic excellence.

Winona Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we have recently received accreditation with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®. This accreditation, signified by the Seal shown here, indicates that Winona Community Foundation meets the highest standards for philanthropic excellence.

“This is a significant accomplishment,” said Amanda Hedlund, Board Chair. “When people trust Winona Community Foundation with a charitable bequest, to establish a fund, or set up an annuity, they do it knowing that we have met rigorous standards for donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration.”

We’ve always worked hard to do good, right here in Winona. And we’ll continue to work with you to achieve your charitable goals. National Standards ensures that we have policies in place for financial stability and longevity, affirming our continued commitment to our donors, grantees and community. In short: We are a proven place to give.

The process of earning National Standards accreditation is arduous. The program requires community foundations to document our policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. Our documentation was reviewed by a community foundation expert from a panel appointed by the Community Foundations National Standards Board, a supporting organization of the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC.

“The National Standards accreditation says this house is in order” said Nancy Brown, President/CEO. “It is excellent validation of the work we do on behalf of our donors and our community.”

National Standards is not mandatory. We chose to go above and beyond by affirming our commitment to excellence and accountability. Our accreditation provides assurance that we have sound policies and practices in place. We prioritize meeting the highest standards for local giving.

With your help, Winona Community Foundation has become a more effective partner for impacting the causes you care about. Thank you for working with us.

Winona Community Foundation was accredited with National Standards in January of 2022.

Through philanthropic services, strategic investments and community leadership, Winona Community Foundation helps people support the causes they care about, now and for generations to come.

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