Accountability

The Dallas Foundation meets National Standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability in the community foundation sector.

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The Dallas Foundation is Confirmed in Compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

The Dallas Foundation was the first community foundation in Texas to be recognized as Compliant with the Council of Foundations' National Standards for U.S. Community Foundation.

The National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations and shows that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms that we are strategically focused, culturally sensitive and financially secure. It validates our track record for honoring commitments—for donor advised funds, lifetime annuities, or permanent endowments. It says our grantmaking practices are fair, professional and representative of the communities we serve. The National Standards Seal also confirms our history of honoring donors’ wishes—to support the arts, cultivate gardens, save endangered species, cure illness, expand literacy, feed children—and support countless other important causes.

The National Standards program for U.S. community foundations was established in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. National Standards guide community foundations in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that serve as blueprints for internal development and benchmarks for external assessment. The 43 National Standards require The Dallas Foundation to document its performance in donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration. To receive confirmation of National Standards compliance, The Dallas Foundation submitted its organizational and financial policies and procedures to a rigorous peer review.

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