Northern Piedmont Community Foundation
WHO WE ARE
Here at the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, we work with ordinary citizens with extraordinary visions to make a better life for their families, neighbors, friends and fellow community members – both now and for future generations. Created in 2000 to serve a four-county area of Virginia known as the northern Piedmont, previously unserved by a community foundation, we stand today with assets exceeding $8 million. We are guided by a board comprised of community leaders and a staff with longstanding roots in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock counties and decades of nonprofit experience. We offer our donors experience, local insight and the highest level of management efficiency.
WHAT WE DO
A community foundation connects people with causes they care about – arts, education, environment, human services or any other area of concern. The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation is one of 27 community foundations in Virginia. Each manages gifts from people from all walks of life and uses them to benefit a specific geographic region. Because of our generous donors, we can award grants to nonprofits and scholarships to students throughout our region.
The Northern Piedmont 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 Council on Foundations 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 Program 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 Standards require the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation to document its policies in donor services, investment management, grant making and administration. The Foundation received its initial confirmation in 2006 and was reconfirmed in 2012.