| Sturgis Area Community Foundation Celebrating 50+ Years.
The Sturgis Area Community Foundation has been improving the
quality of life and advancing philanthropy in the Sturgis Area
since 1962. The Foundation provides every person, regardless
of their means, the opportunity to support their community.
Higher Standards-The Sturgis Area Community Foundation meets
national Standards for operational quality, donor service and
accountability in the community foundation sector.
The National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation
from the Community Foundations National Standards Board that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. 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 for U.S. Community Foundations™ were created 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 41 National Standards require the Sturgis Area
Community Foundation to document its policies in donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration. To receive confirmation of National Standards compliance, the Foundation submitted its organizational and financial policies and procedures to the Community Foundations National Standards Board for a rigorous peer review. The Foundation was confirmed in compliance with National Standards in June of 2007 and reconfirmed in compliance with National Standards in June of 2012.