The CCF successfully met the standards for the fifth round of Quality Accreditation!

Cornwall Community Foundation recently underwent an external audit of its policies and procedures. The Foundation submitted documents for external review and participated in interviews with an independent assessor to evaluate the ongoing practices and development of CCF.

The assessment, carried out by Ideas to Impact covered five key areas:
– Strategy, Governance, Definitions and Risk
– Financial and Information Management
– Philanthropy Services and Donor Management
– Grant-making and Community Participation
– Organisational and Network Development

Within the five key areas were 14 core standards which needed to be met to pass the accreditation. CCF is delighted to have achieved the latest certification having met each standard and scoring excellent in some of the key areas including its philanthropy services and donor management and its grant-making and community participation.

Tamas Haydu, CEO of Cornwall Community Foundation comments, “The Foundation has grown significantly since the last quality accreditation in terms of the staff team and value of grant-making. We are always keen to adopt best practices and improve our services and it is great to see that the external review acknowledges excellent practices in working with our donors and in grantmaking.”

The assessment highlighted the Foundation’s excellent work of responding quickly and effectively to emergency situations whilst keeping long-term recovery in mind and offered exemplars for the Emergency Event Procedure which CCF produced in 2018. The external assessor also praised the Foundation for its development of outreach work to support smaller local and emerging groups within Cornwall as well as the refinement of grant-making by removing potential barriers, helping to improve access and inclusivity.

Rosemary Macdonald, CEO of UKCF adds, “It is a mark of the commitment and diligence of our members that they have completed this rigorous accreditation process at the same time as distributing record-breaking levels of funding to their communities. The UKCF team is proud to support a network which reaches every part of the UK and whose good practice has been so clearly demonstrated throughout this process.”

The Quality Accreditation will last for three years until October 2024 and is an initiative designed to provide due diligence that confirms CCF has the capacity to deliver grants and programmes.