National Standards Accreditation Affirms SDCF's Commitment to Excellence

May 12, 2020 // Donors

South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) 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 SDCF meets the highest standards for philanthropic excellence.

“This is a significant accomplishment,” said Stephanie Judson, SDCF President & CEO. “When people trust the South Dakota Community Foundation with a charitable bequest, to establish a fund, or set a gift annuity, they do it knowing that we have met rigorous standards for donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration.”

SDCF has always worked hard to do good, right here in South Dakota. 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, D.C.

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

With your help, SDCF has become a more effective partner for impacting the causes you care about. Thanks for working with us. To learn more about the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, please visit