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Community Foundation Announces Cohort of Sixteen North Alabama Organizations Pursuing Standards for Excellence Accreditation

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville believes that when we invest in our nonprofit community, that investment can reap huge dividends. Therefore, the Community Foundation is proud to announce that the following nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Huntsville area have been selected to receive grant funding – made possible by generous members of the Community Foundation’s Corporate Giving Network, as well as by a grant from our Catalyst Endowment – to support their pursuit of accreditation under the Standards for Excellence:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama
  • Burritt on the Mountain
  • Catalyst (The)
  • Christian Women’s Job Corps
  • Crisis Services of North Alabama
  • Family Services Center
  • Fantasy Playhouse
  • Food Bank of North Alabama
  • Heart of the Valley YMCA
  • Leadership Greater Huntsville
  • New Hope Children’s Clinic
  • Operation Green Team Foundation
  • Schools Foundation (The)
  • Theatre Huntsville
  • WellStone

Shannon Ammons, CEO of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits, highlights the importance of accreditation under the Standards for Excellence as follows: “The Standards for Excellence aims to raise the level of accountability, transparency, and effectiveness of all nonprofit organizations to foster excellence and inspire trust. Through the nonprofit Standards for Excellence, organizations are able to demonstrate improved outcomes for communities and clients and reduced risks for donors of time and money.” The Standards for Excellence code provides a framework and step-by-step guidelines to achieve a well-managed and responsibly-governed organization.

Nonprofit organizations that earn the Standards of Excellence accreditation gain a number of benefits:

  • Strengthen organizational leadership
  • Engage the Board of Directors
  • Create clarity about the organization’s purpose
  • Facilitate fundraising and resource development
  • Improve decision-making
  • Minimize risk
  • Strengthen evaluation
  • Prepare for transitions

Stuart Obermann, CEO/President of the Community Foundation, stated: “We are very proud of the organizations that will be a part of this inaugural cohort that is pursuing accreditation under the Standards for Excellence. They are demonstrating their commitment to increase their organizational capacity to better serve our community.”

The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville serves as a catalyst for making our great community even better. Founded in 2009, the Community Foundation has distributed over $15,800,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations across the region, providing hundreds of corporate, family and individual donors with unique solutions to meet their charitable giving objectives in a tax-efficient manner. Visit for more information.

The Alabama Association of Nonprofits (AAN) was founded in 1996 to strengthen the capacity of Alabama’s nonprofit sector through professional development, advocacy and management support, all resulting in better communities and a stronger Alabama. AAN is the only Association of its kind in Alabama dedicated exclusively to serving the nonprofit sector.