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Humboldt Area Foundation Receives National Recognition Local Organization Accredited with Rigorous Philanthropic Standards

Humboldt Area Foundation recently renewed its accreditation with the nation’s highest
standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®, a strict per
review process established by the Council on Foundations, establishes legal, ethical, effective practices
for community foundations everywhere.

“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 Humboldt Area Foundation demonstrates a commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability as it carries out its mission.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With over 500 community foundations already accredited nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors.

“We are extremely pleased to have received this designation again,” said Patrick Cleary, Humboldt Area Foundation executive director. “This reflects the hard work of our staff to make sure that the foundation is operating using best practices. Our donors and community members put their trust in us. They count on us to manage their funds wisely, honor their charitable wishes and to make positive change in our communities. The National Standards accreditation verifies that we are doing just that.”


Founded in 1972 by Vera Vietor, Humboldt Area Foundation has over 700 funds established by donors to advance the causes most important to them. National Standards also apply to Humboldt Area Foundation’s two geographic affiliates, Wild Rivers Community Foundation (serving Del Norte and Curry Counties) and the Trinity Trust. In addition to providing grants to individuals and nonprofits, HAF provides support to the Northern California Association of Nonprofits and offers a variety of support services including a nonprofit resource center and meeting rooms. . In addition to affirming the organization’s philanthropic services, the accreditation validates Humboldt Area Foundation’s grantmaking practices for
the nonprofit community.

National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® is the first program of its kind for charitable
foundations in the United States. Humboldt Area Foundation promotes and encourages generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen our communities.

The Community Foundations National Standards Board is a supporting organization of the Council on Foundations
and is responsible for the quality, value and integrity of compliance with National Standards. For more information on
the National Standards Board, visit its website at

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