Applying – and sticking to – the best nonprofit practices outlined in Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector® will set your organization up for success and set it apart. Managing a nonprofit is no small feat: you’re under pressure to innovate and collaborate; you’re competing for funding, talented staff, and board members; and you’re mandated to be transparent and accountable. With best practices in place your organization will benefit from increased revenue, a strengthened board, and effective operations.
Realize these benefits at your organization by attending Bringing Best Practices Home: Standards for Excellence Implementation Workshop. The workshop will help you:
- Understand the key principles of the Standards for Excellence code and why they are important.
- Audit your organization’s infrastructure (i.e. complete a self-assessment) to gauge your areas of strength and opportunities for growth.
- Think through how to implement portions of the Standards via brief one-on-one consultations with our staff and consultants.
- Bolster the case for implementing best practices with your co-workers and board back “home” at the office.
- Focus by escaping from the demands of your normal workspace!
MOST IMPORTANT: At day’s end, you will have in hand a complete, short-term work plan addressing the areas you identified as necessary for growth.
Bringing Best Practices Home: Standards for Excellence Implementation Workshop can also be a springboard for organizations seeking recognition or accreditation from the Standards for Excellence Institute. Completion of this course and follow-through on the work plan will simplify the process and set you up for success!
Who Will Help You Learn:
Presenter Amy Coates Madsen is the Director of the Standards for Excellence Institute, a national initiative to promote the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations, and to facilitate adherence to standards by all organizations. The Standards for Excellence Institute is a program of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations where Amy has served for more than 18 years. Amy is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the association’s comprehensive ethics and accountability program and efforts to replicate the program nationally. She serves as a frequent trainer and writer in the areas of board conduct, program evaluation, program replication, fundraising ethics and regulation, and nonprofit management. She has taught courses on nonprofit ethics and accountability at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies Certificate Program on Nonprofit Management and has guest lectured at other colleges and universities as well. She has held positions at the Trenton lobbying firm of the Princeton Public Affairs Group, and the Public Policy Liaison Unit at the world headquarters of Catholic Relief Services. Amy received her Master of Arts in Policy Studies degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and her Bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.