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Author: Amy Coates Madsen


Is every single thing in your organization is held together by duct tape?

If you are like me, you probably have resolutions and goals for 2024. One of my resolutions is to intentionally take the time to fix bothersome things rather than just being annoyed by them over and over again. You probably also have items on your list that need attention. I discovered a type of glue that seems to fix everything; I used it several times in the last week to fix broken boot heels and watch bands. I am a bit nervous, however, and wonder if my glue repairs, however strong, may[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | January 29, 2024 Read More>

Congratulations to Ardmore Enterprises!

The Standards for Excellence Institute would like to congratulate Ardmore Enterprises for renewing their accreditation under the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.Being accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute demonstrates that the nonprofit has met the rigorous requirements that are included in the standards. Being an accredited nonprofit sets the organization apart as a top performer in the nonprofit field and lets all its[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | January 10, 2024 Read More>

Start the New Year right! Start with the nonprofit self-assessment.

Happy New Year! As nonprofit leaders we often start a new year with good intentions. We decide that this is the year that we get it all together. We are going to focus on the fundamentals of our organization. We are going to make sure we have the right board members and that they are working together effectively. We are going to focus carefully on our budgets and finances. This is the year where we truly take a careful look at diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are going to do “all the[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | January 04, 2024 Read More>

Introducing: Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultants Class of November 2023

For Immediate Release Contact: Amy Coates MadsenDirector, Standards for Excellence Institute®acmadsen@standardsforexcellence.org443-438-2314   Introducing: Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultants Class of November 2023Baltimore, MD – December 11, 2023 – The Standards for Excellence Institute, an initiative dedicated to promoting the highest standards of nonprofit ethics and accountability, announces its 2023 Class of Licensed Consultants. Twenty-six highly experienced nonprofit[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | December 12, 2023 Read More>

Standards for Excellence® Institute partners with Social Venture Partners Dallas to assist nonprofits achieve the highest governance and management standards.

Standards for Excellence® Institute partners with Social Venture Partners Dallas to assist nonprofits achieve the highest governance and management standards. August 16, 2023Contact: Amy Coates Madsen, Director, Standards for Excellence InstitutePhone: 443-438-2314   Email: acmadsen@standardsforexcellence.orgBaltimore, MD ̶  The Standards for Excellence® Institute, a nation-wide initiative dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance,[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | August 16, 2023 Read More>

Introducing: Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultants Class of June 2023

Introducing: Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultants Class of June 2023 Baltimore, MD – July 27, 2023 The Standards for Excellence Institute, an initiative dedicated to promoting the highest standards of nonprofit ethics and accountability, announces the June 2023 class of Licensed Consultants. Through a partnership with the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, the Institute held an exclusive, comprehensive training, graduating five new licensed professionals[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | July 27, 2023 Read More>

Spring is here! Are you ready?

Nonprofit Leaders – it may not feel like it yet, with many days being marked with cooler weather, but spring is here. When the days finally get consistently warm, you’ll want to be outside, attending events and reconnecting with colleagues. So now is the time to get that spring cleaning done!For many of you, spring cleaning involves focusing on the fundamentals of your organization, intentionally dusting off your policies and procedures, checking in on your organization’s health, and putting[…]

Introducing: Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultants Class of June 2021

Contact: Amy Coates MadsenDirector Standards for Excellence Instituteacmadsen@standardsforexcellence.org Introducing: Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultants Class of June 2021Baltimore, MD – August 11, 2021 The Standards for Excellence Institute, an initiative designed to help nonprofit organizations operate more ethically and accountably, recently licensed a new group of Licensed Consultants from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Through a partnership with the[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | August 12, 2021 Read More>

52 Tips in 52 Weeks: Wrapping up the 52 Tips in 52 Weeks Series

This has certainly been an interesting year, filled with all kinds of challenges and issues that we never thought possible at the start of the year in January 2020.  One thing that I’ve held onto is this idea that the Standards for Excellence Institute would create a series of 52 Tips over each of the 52 Tips in 2020.  With this latest post, I am happy to say that we met this goal.  With the world changing so quickly, it was not difficult to come up with topics of relevance and interest to[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | December 31, 2020 Read More>

52 Tips in 52 Weeks: Helping the Helpers

During 2020, my family and I have taken some extra time to sit down in our home to watch movies.  One of the movies I enjoyed most in this year was the 2019 movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood starring Tom Hanks. I just loved this movie – just as I adored watching Mr. Rogers and his neighborhood as a young girl.  In these times, I find myself reflecting on the quote from Fred Rogers, “when I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | December 24, 2020 Read More>
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