ACT in nation’s top tier

LAKE PLACID – Adirondack Community Trust has again met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability of the Community Foundations National Standards Board, a national accreditation organization based in Arlington, Va.

“This is similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal for community foundations,” said Diane Miller, CFNSB manager.

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grant making and administration. Some 200 of 750 community foundations nationwide have gone through the hoops in order to provide quality assurance to donors, legal and financial advisors, and organizations that receive their grants. ACT’s 2007 accreditation has now been renewed.

“This is important to everyone who works with us,” said Cali Brooks, ACT Executive Director. “When people establish a fund, make an unrestricted gift, or set up a charitable bequest, they put their trust in us. They rely on us to manage the investment wisely and honor their charitable wishes. The National Standards reconfirmation says our house is in order.”

ACT offers a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause such as education or the environment, support an individual organization, provide flexible support for community needs or recommend individual grants.