Nonprofit organizations play very important roles in serving people of our communities and improving quality of life for all. In addition to enjoying special status under the laws of our land, nonprofits abide with a special trust that depends upon public confidence and broad public support. They must exemplify certain fundamental values- honesty, integrity, responsibility and accountability- to sustain that confidence and support. It is incumbent on those who fund nonprofit organizations to help bolster public confidence in and support for the nonprofit sector. Therefore, the undersigned funding organizations have developed the above Accountability Indicators to promote responsibly governed and effectively managed organizations. The indicators describe standard good industry practices of how well managed organizations are administered. We encourage all nonprofits to embrace these indicators as they lead their organizations forward.