Higher Standards—National Accreditation Awarded

Higher Standards

Blackford County Community Foundation has recently been accredited with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®—the highest standards for philanthropic excellence.

We are working at the Foundation to support the causes Blackford County cares about, from supporting the arts and SummerFest 2017 to encouraging STEM learning among our children and sending our high school graduates to college and vocational schools. National Standards says that we meet the most rigorous standards in philanthropy and is a promise to our community that we’ll continue to do this good work together, right here in Blackford County.

National Standards is not mandatory. We chose to go above and beyond by affirming our commitment to excellence and accountability. Our accreditation provides assurance that we have sound policies and practices in place. It means we meet the highest standards for local giving.

To receive accreditation with National Standards, the Blackford County Community Foundation submitted our policies and procedures to a rigorous review of 41 National Standards in six key areas of community foundation operations, including donor services, investment management, grantmaking, and administration.

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® program was established in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. For more information about National Standards, visit www.cfstandards.org.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Applications Available & Due Sept. 5


Applications for the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship  are available now. The scholarship award will be announced in December. This award will be the 37th Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship awarded to Blackford County students since the program began in 1998.

Applications and additional information can be found HERE. Print copies of the application are also available at the Blackford High School Guidance Office and the Foundation office located at 121 N. High Street in Hartford City.