Cleft Palate Foundation

Awards and Affiliations

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Independent Charities Seal of Excellence

CPF has been awarded the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence. This Seal is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Fewer than 2,000 non-profit organizations have been awarded this Seal.

GuideStar Exchange Seal

CPF has earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating its commitment to transparency. The GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. With millions of people coming to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations, the GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with GuideStar’s vast on-line audience of grantmakers and individual donors. Exchange members are nonprofits that have updated their nonprofit reports to the fullest—sharing additional information and documentation with GuideStar’s visitors.

Independent Charities of America

CPF is a member of Independent Charities of America (ICA). A charity may only gain membership in ICA if it is incorporated in the United States, is an IRS-certified 501(c)(3) organization, provides programs and services to populations in at least 15 states or one or more foreign countries, and operates with high efficiency and less than 25% overhead, as verified by an annual independent financial audit conducted by a certified public accountant.

Independent Charities of America (ICA) is an IRS-recognized nonprofit association of America’s best charities. Its purpose is to represent charities that meet the highest standards of public accountability and program effectiveness and to facilitate gifts to those charities from contributors in fund drives conducted at work and on the Internet. ICA is inclusive in its membership policies and welcomes charities of all types, providing they meet ICA’s eligibility standards.

Children’s Medical and Research Charities of America

Children’s Medical & Research Charities of America (CMCA) is a coalition comprised of many of America’s finest charitable organizations dedicated to saving the lives of children here at home and around the world. CMCA’s member charities provide free surgery, free medical care, respite care, support and
education for caregivers, fund medical research and state-of-the-art training for physicians.

American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

CPF was founded by American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) in 1973 to be the public service arm of the professional association.

ACPA is an international non-profit medical society of health care professionals who treat and/or perform research on birth defects of the head and face. There are currently over 2500 members in the association, representing more than 30 disciplines in 60 countries. The members of ACPA serve an extremely important role in the management of children and adults with cleft lip, cleft palate, and craniofacial anomalies. For 70 years, their goal has been to provide optimal care for this group of patients and their families.