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

Contact: Amy Coates Madsen

Director Standards for Excellence Institute


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

Baltimore, 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 Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, these seven consultants have completed a comprehensive training to assist nonprofits nationwide.

As Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultants, these individuals have the expertise and ability to guide nonprofits in governance and management practices, as well as meeting demands for nonprofit accountability. Standards for Excellence also includes comprehensive knowledge of organizational assessments, consulting, training, and assistance in the application process for national Standards for Excellence accreditation. The most recent Licensed Consultants are listed below as well as reflections from this summer’s class.

Here are the most recent Licensed Consultants:

Licensed Consultant Niya Hamilton of Niya Hamilton Consultancy LLC shared, “I greatly appreciate this program, so it was imperative to continue with the national program as well. I have found this network of thought leaders, resources, and education to be pivotal in the work I do as a nonprofit and small business consultant. Every project and client I engage I apply best practices; even consulting with for profit clients. I approach each engagement from the perspective of ethics and accountability and therefore the resource guides and principles have been invaluable to myself and my clients.”

Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Director, Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations offered, “We are delighted that this group of Standards for Excellence Pennsylvania Licensed Consultants can now expand their services in other states. Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultants utilize the Standards for Excellence educational resources, sample policies, tools, checklists, etc. to strengthen nonprofit operations and governance with clients. Rather than spending time ‘reinventing the wheel,’ Consultants can take a deeper dive with organizations and help them to advance them at a faster pace.”

The Licensed Consultant Program has grown each year since its inception in 2006. A searchable directory of consultants can be found on the Institute’s website.

The Standards for Excellence Institute, an operating division of Maryland Nonprofits, uses the Standards for Excellence program as its vehicle for effective change. The Standards for Excellence program works to help nonprofit organizations act ethically and accountably in their management and governance, while enhancing the public’s trust in the nonprofit sector.

Those interested in becoming a Licensed Consultant have the opportunity to join the 2022 Class of Licensed Consultants can find information and sign up to be notified when applications are available here.

By Amy Coates Madsen | August 12, 2021 | Nonprofit
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About the Author: Amy Coates Madsen

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 twenty-two 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 nonprofit management. She has taught courses on nonprofit ethics and accountability at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies Certificate Program on Nonprofit Management. 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 – Institute for Policy Studies in Baltimore, Maryland; and her Bachelors degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Amy is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Amy serves on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). Amy is a former member of the Disaster Action Team of the Central Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross and is qualified to provide disaster preparedness training to children and adults. She has also served as the former President of Central Maryland CAN TOO and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the largest United Methodist Church in Baltimore City. She serves on the board of her children’s preschool PTA and is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Amy is currently leading an effort to establish an endowment for the Virginia Tech University Honors Program.