About Us
The Dickinson Area Community Foundation is a 501 c (3) tax-exempt organization established in 1995. The Dickinson Area Community Foundation promotes philanthropy, receives and administers charitable gifts and invests in programs that improve the quality of life in Dickinson Area by promoting charity, education and culture in the community.  

The Dickinson Area Community Foundation encourages philanthropy at all levels, provides donor services and responds to the ever-changing needs and opportunities in the community.

The Dickinson Area Community Foundation supports Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services, and Youth Programs.

The Dickinson Area Community Foundation is governed by a volunteer board who broadly represent the Dickinson County Area Community. 

By partnering with the Dickinson Area Community Foundation, donors receive the simplicity and tax advantages of a public charity combined with the personal recognition, involvement and flexibility of a private foundation. Donors also gain access to the highest level of strategic thinking on ways to meet community challenges.

Dickinson Area Community Foundation has met or exceeded the national standards for U.S. community foundations and have received the following seal to use in all of its publications. When you give your money to the DACF your money is safe and it is monitored.

National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations

Higher StandardsThe Dickinson Area Community Foundation meets National Standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector.

The National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. The National Standards Seal also confirms our history of honoring donors’ wishes—to support the arts, cultivate gardens, save endangered species, cure illness, expand literacy, feed children—and support countless other important causes. 

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Program was established in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. National Standards guide community foundations in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that serve as blueprints for internal development and benchmarks for external assessment. The 43 National Standards require the Dickinson Area Community Foundation to document its policies in donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration. To receive confirmation of National Standards compliance, the Dickinson Area Community Foundation submitted its organizational and financial policies and procedures to a rigorous peer review.