Osceola County Community Foundation receives national reaccreditation

REED CITY — The Osceola County Community Foundation (OCCF) recently received reaccreditation from the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence.

OCCF received its reaccreditation through its relationship as a geographic affiliate of Fremont Area Community Foundation (FACF).

“Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Randy Royster, chair of the Community Foundations National Standards Board. “This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that indicates Fremont Area Community Foundation and Osceola County Community Foundation demonstrate a commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability as it carries out its mission.”

The National Standards program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. While community foundations face regulation at the state and federal level, the National Standards program provides a voluntary additional layer of rigorous, sector-driven and enforced accountability. More than 500 community foundations have received accreditation nationwide.

“Receiving the accreditation is a great accomplishment,” said Larry Neiderheide, chair of the OCCF board. “It certifies that we are meeting the core values of integrity and stewardship.”