FamilyMeans Affiliations

Council on Accreditation

COA LogoFamilyMeans is accredited by the Council on Accreditation.

COA accreditation attests that an organization meets the highest national standards and is delivering the best quality services to the community it serves.

The COA accreditation process involves in-depth examination of the organization’s compliance with best practice standards. COA is endorsed by leading consumer and professional groups and by many regulatory bodies and managed care organizations.

FamilyMeans also engages with COA's Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) standards. These standards include the expectation that accredited organizations include management and operations measures in their PQI plans. At FamilyMeans, representatives from across the organization work together to form the agency's Quality Assurance Committee. This group meets monthly to discuss processes and goals in each area within the agency, refining our approach organization-wide as needed. These refinements help us meet our long-term strategic goals through routine, accredited monitoring.

For more information on the COA organization and process please visit their website. For information on COA's PQI standards, visit their information webpage.


National Foundation for Credit Counseling

NFCC Logo

When it comes to your financial well-being, we’re in your corner. No matter who you are and what your money situation is, you’re not alone. We’re at your side ready to resolve any financial issue you might be facing. Our job is to help you find a solution that’s right for you and your family — by working with you every step of the way. As your financial advocate, we’re not done until you feel relief and are empowered to take charge of your financial future.

How do we do this? FamilyMeans is dedicated to the financial health of everyone in our community. We’re here to provide the solutions and real-world advice you need to create a plan that will put you and your money in a better place — economically and emotionally.

What’s behind it all? We are members of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®), the nation’s first and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the financial well-being of people like you. We are COA-accredited and held to the highest standards of excellence by 18 NFCC member quality standards that are more rigorous than any others.

To ensure a consistent quality experience, our NFCC® Certified Consumer Credit Counselors are required to take ongoing classes in continuing education and training. It’s a lot of work, and the standards are high, but it’s the only way to make sure we can provide the best possible service and financial solutions to people like you — who deserve to be treated with honesty, integrity and respect.

Look for the NFCC member logo when you need a knowledgeable and dedicated financial advocate on your side.

For more information on the NFCC, visit their website.


Alliance for Children and Families

Alliance for Children and Families LogoFamilyMeans is a member of the Alliance for Children and Families. The Alliance for Children and Families provides services to nonprofit child and family serving and economic empowerment organizations.

Motivated by a vision of a healthy society and strong communities, the Alliance works to strengthen America’s nonprofit sector and through advocacy assure the sector’s continued independence.

For more information visit their website.


United Way

United WayThe United Way is a recognized nonprofit leader in building a stronger and vibrant community. Their mission is to unite caring people in building stronger communities by inspiring people to help others, increasing resources to meet needs and fostering innovative solutions to problems.

United Way helps create a stronger community by focusing on three impact areas:

  • nurturing children and families
  • meeting basic needs
  • supporting health and independence

We are grateful for support from the following United Ways:


Charities Review Council

 Charities Review CouncilFamilyMeans is approved by the Charity Review Council.

The Council's mission is simple: to provide tools for Minnesota donors to make informed giving decisions that help build a stronger nonprofit sector. The Council pursues this mission by:

  • Maintaining Accountability Standards and applying them through reviews;
  • Providing information that will help donors make informed charitable giving decisions;
  • Encouraging and assisting accountability in the charitable sector.

Charities that meet all of the Council’s Accountability Standards are granted the use of the Council’s “Meets Standards” seal. The seal provides a public, concise and accessible indicator of a charity’s commitment to accountable and ethical practices. To date, more than 200 charities have demonstrated their commitment to openness by voluntarily participating in these public reviews.

For more information on CRC visit their website.


Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota

The Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota (CLI) is a non-profit organization whose members include attorneys, mediators, neutral child specialists, financial neutrals, and coaches. Our unique Collaborative process allows families to move through divorce, separation, and other family disputes with dignity and respect.

Their mission is to build and support a community of multidisciplinary collaborative professionals dedicated to making collaborative practice known, valued, and practiced with excellence.

For more information on the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota, visit their website.


Better Business Bureau of Minnesota

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota looks to create an ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other. They help create a community of trustworthy businesses, set market standards, encourage and support best practices, celebrate market place role models, and denounce substandard marketplace behavior.

For more information on the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota, please visit their website.


MN State Arts Board

Minnesota State Arts Board

Because of funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board, FamilyMeans is able to bring in artists for various programs, such as Day Out!. Kairos Dancing Heartis one of those programs. An award-winning, evidence-based arts program and a best practice model for working with frail elders, Kairos artists are not only experienced in a variety of art forms (dance, storytelling, theatre, music), but they are also experienced collaborators. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

For more information visit the website.


The Metropolitan Caregiver Service Collaborative

The Metropolitan Caregiver Service Collaborative (MCSC) is a voluntary organization made up of member agencies committed to supporting family caregivers. The purpose of the MCSC is for caregiver service providers to come together to share knowledge, promote caregiver services, and strengthen public policies for family caregivers. Our vision for the future is that our community will recognize, value, and sustain the work of family caregivers.  The collaborative encompasses agencies within the seven-county area of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington.

For more information, visit their website.


Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging

Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging

The Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging is a champion, thought leader, planner and educator that advances positive system change for older adults, their families and caregivers. The council focuses on creating communities and systems that support aging with dignity and a spirit of well-being in Minnesota.

For more information visit the website.


ACT on Alzheimer’s

ACT on Alzheimer’s

ACT on Alzheimer's is a volunteer-driven collaboration bringing Minnesotans together to create supportive environments for everyone touched by Alzheimer's disease and prepare Minnesota for its impacts. Individuals, organizations, businesses, units of government and others are working together locally through Stillwater Area ACT on Alzheimer’s to make this community more dementia-friendly.

For more information visit the website.


Corporation for National and Community Service

Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs -- Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund. Through our local partner, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, FamilyMeans puts committed volunteers into action in this community.

For more information visit the website.