Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received National
Standards accreditation from the National Council on Foundations.
National standards were created by the Council to foster excellence
in community philanthropy. Foundations submit documentation to
confirm they meet all of the national standards set by members
of the Council on Foundations. Merrick Foundation was first accredited
under the National Standards in 2008.
Standards certification requires that a foundation must be recognized
under all applicable IRS code sections and be in good standing
with state and federal regulators. Foundations must be organized
and operated exclusively for charitable purposes.
Standards provide leadership in achieving operational excellence.
They promote community foundations to use innovative methods to
solve complex problems.
1. Merrick Foundation has met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy.
2. A commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability.
3. Grantmaking is open, competitive and designed to address the
changing needs of our community.
4. A history of honoring donors’ wishes by supporting arts and
literary groups, youth programs and health and safety for all
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