National Standards

Council on Foundations Recognizes Lenawee Community Foundation
for Compliance with National Accountability Standards

After an extensive review, the Lenawee Community Foundation was recently recertified by the Council on Foundations as fulfilling the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.  The certification documents the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, donor services, integrity, and accountability.  Lenawee Community Foundation is one of 50 Michigan community foundations that meet the national benchmarks, and among the 60% of U.S. community foundations that have achieved this designation.  

The Council on Foundations is a national, nonprofit association of more than 2,000 grant-making organizations, including over 700 community foundations.  In addition to verifying legal, ethical and effective operational practices, and documenting community foundation transparency and financial responsibility, National Standards distinguish community foundations from other philanthropic vehicles, and increase the capacity of community foundations to carry out their missions.

The National Standards seal, pictured here, was developed to signify confirmation of compliance with National Standards. Professional advisors, donors, and prospective donors recognize and choose these community foundations as sound places to give and to make a difference.

“Adopting and adhering to the highest standards reinforces our ongoing commitment to maintaining the trust of our donors and our community,” said David Hickman, Chairman of the Board of the Lenawee Community Foundation.  “Our Board of Directors has always been committed to serving our community with integrity and competence, and the recertification of compliance to National Standards emphasizes this commitment.”    

Sue Hammersmith, President & CEO, added “Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Lenawee County through permanent endowments in five areas – civic projects, culture, health, education, and social services.  Although we provide grants to address current needs, most of our funds are permanently invested for the future of our community.  It’s exciting to be the only nonprofit in Lenawee County that serves in essence, as a savings account for Lenawee’s future, and to assure our community that we operate with the highest standards for excellence.”

The National Standards were developed both as a blueprint for internal organizational development and as a tangible set of benchmarks for external assessment of performance.  The 41 National Standards address six key areas of community foundation operations:

The Lenawee Community Foundation provides personalized service to individuals, businesses, organizations, and communities to help them achieve their charitable goals.  Additionally, donors and prospects receive local expertise, unique giving solutions, and a community partner and leader that is in the business of building community – for good for ever.   

For more information about the Lenawee Community Foundation or fulfilling your charitable wishes contact Sue Hammersmith.


Lenawee Community Foundation
606 North Evans St.
PO Box 142
Tecumseh, MI. 49286
Phone: (517) 423-1729
M-F 8:00am-5:00pm EST
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Studies show that 60% of all adult volunteers began volunteering by the age of 14. Many young people are not given the opportunity to volunteer or do not know where to start. The Lenawee Community Foundation and its Lenawee YOUTH Council are sponsoring Lenawee Youth Leadership in order to nurture leadership, volunteerism and community spirit among Lenawee youth. Teens interested in positive change need to look no further than Lenawee Youth Leadership camp.

This summer day camp will give young people the opportunity to learn about Lenawee County, themselves, youth assets, leadership skills, goal setting, teamwork, communication, and creative problem solving. Lenawee Youth Leadership is for young persons who want to increase their leadership skills and have their voices heard. Youth participate in hands-on, decision-making activities assisted by trained facilitators, including youth who have previously participated. They learn about making a difference in the lives of others, and have lots of fun along the way.

Lenawee Youth Leadership will be held on July 13, 14 and 15 at Stubnitz Environmental Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $50, however scholarships are available. Youth ages 12 – 19 are welcome to attend, however preregistration is required. A light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

For information on Lenawee Youth Leadership, to obtain a registration form or to inquire about a scholarship, contact Paula Trentman at the Lenawee Community Foundation, at 423-1729 or via email at paula@lenaweecf.com.
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Lenawee Community Foundation
606 North Evans St.
PO Box 142
Tecumseh, MI. 49286
Phone: (517) 423-1729
M-F 8:00am-5:00pm EST
Staff Members

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