Accreditation of Three Area Not-For-Profits


The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama along with the Standards for Excellence Institute announce the accreditation of three area not-for-profits. These organizations are: the West Anniston Foundation, Saving Animals through Volunteer Efforts, and Independent Reading-Counseling Services. A reception was held in the offices of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama today. Representatives from each organization, along with representatives of their boards were on hand to celebrate the achievement. The organizations are recipients of the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing their rigorous accreditation program. The West Anniston Foundation provides scholarships to high school and college students. They also promote children’s activities and nutrition through various programs and address environmental issues. The Independent Reading-Counseling Services has been in operation since 2004 and has a homeless shelter for women, a counseling program that also provides unemployment services for their clients. It also supports both 4-H and literacy programs. Saving Animals through Volunteer Efforts started as a group of seven or eight concerned citizens who wanted to do something about stopping the overpopulation of animals with low cost or free spay and neuter services. They are the only organization in Calhoun County that provides this service. Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama Programs Administrator Donta Council says Standards for Excellence is a national initiative designed to promote the highest standards of nonprofit governance, management, and operations. These organizations join eight organizations from Calhoun County that received accreditation in 2014.

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