2021 Transparency Challenge

District Transparency Certificate of Excellence

It is now more important than ever for local governments (including special districts), to be open and accessible to the public. The Special District Leadership Foundation’s Transparency Challenge will showcase the many steps your district takes to show it is available and transparent to the constituents and customers you serve.

How Does it Work?

4 Easy Steps…

  1. Complete the Transparency Commitment Form
  2. Complete the SDLF Transparency Checklist
  3. Submit the completed Checklist to SDLF
  4. Get Recognized for Your Efforts!

What Does a Participating District Receive?

  • A Transparency Certificate of Excellence for display at your district office
  • Use of the SDLF Transparency Certificate of Excellence logo on your district’s website, social media platforms, letterhead, and/or other public outreach materials
  • SDLF Transparency Certificate of Excellence window cling for display at your district
  • Presentation of the certificate at a district board meeting or the CSDA Annual Conference
  • Recognition on CSDA social media and in the CSDA eNewsletter

Why Take the Challenge?

  • The public expects transparency - Validate and exhibit your district’s commitment to operating in a transparent and ethical manner
  • Receive third-party recognition from a statewide non-profit foundation known for promoting good governance and best practices
  • Join Your Peers - Hundreds of special districts across the state have already committed to transparency by earning the SDLF Transparency Certificate of Excellence
  • Demonstrate your engagement with the public and create greater awareness of your activities
  • Use the certificate and seal in your outreach efforts to showcase this distinction
  • Recognition among legislators and key stakeholders in your area
  • ‘The Price is Right’ - There is no cost to participate or receive your recognition…it’s FREE!

SDLF will also randomly select ten (10) participating special districts that meet the challenge by November 30, 2021 to receive the following additional benefits:

  • A district spotlight and article in an issue of California Special District magazine
  • Special recognition on the SDLF website
  • Announcement of your district’s achievement in a special SDLF press release sent to major newspapers in your area and statewide
  • A letter sent from SDLF directly to your California legislators and county Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) notifying them of your district’s accomplishment

Challenge Timeline = December 1, 2020 through November 30, 2021

Sample Policies

Included for your review are sample policies similar to those requested in the application. These are samples that can be used as a starting point for policy/document development. SDLF always recommends you seek legal review prior to adopting district policy to ensure full compliance with any applicable laws and/or regulations.