For Immediate Release
Contact: Amy Coates Madsen
Director, Standards for Excellence Institute®
Introducing: Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultants Class of November 2023
Baltimore, 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 professionals completed the intensive, three-day training and are now equipped to provide organizational assessments, and expert assistance to nonprofits nationwide. The members of the class represent organizations from states across the country, including Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultants use their extensive knowledge of the Standards for Excellence to help nonprofits strengthen their governance practices and build capacity, accountability, and sustainability in their organizations. Licensed Consultants provide nonprofits with organizational assessments, consulting, and training, and help them earn national Standards for Excellence accreditation.
Some licensed consultants work with Standards for Excellence replication partners (which are organizations licensed and trained to use the Institute’s program materials and resources to support other nonprofits in a specific geographic area or in a specific mission area).
The Licensed Consultant Program has continued to grow each year since its inception in 2006. See the complete list of current Licensed Consultants. Anyone interested in becoming a Licensed Consultant should consider joining the 2024 training – learn more and sign up to be notified when applications are available.
Arianna Ross, of Poolesville, MD, spoke about the training: "I learned so much more than I could have imagined about the best practices for running and partnering with a nonprofit. It is my hope that with this knowledge I can support not only my nonprofit, Story Tapestries, but also others in the community, allowing them to reach for the stars and become accredited. This course is a gift that will keep on giving over time."
April Mastroluca, of Henderson, NV, shared: “The Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Training Program introduced me to new ways of looking at topics and issues I have been working with for over 20 years. The program also gave me the opportunity to hear perspectives and ideas from the other class participants, consultants, and nonprofit professionals from across the country. Now I can share this knowledge with nonprofit organizations in Nevada knowing that I am sharing proven best practices and resources to help organizations focus on achieving their mission.”
Standards for Excellence® Licensed Consultant Class of 2023
Introducing the Members of the Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultant Class of November 2023: (*Participated as a member of a replication partner organization)
Upper Marlboro, MD
Windsor Mill, MD
Fort Wayne, IN
Joan Webb Scornaienchi
About the Standards for Excellence Institute®
The Standards for Excellence Institute® is an operating division of Maryland Nonprofits that serves nonprofits throughout the nation. The Institute is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations. It has a dozen state, regional and national partner organizations, and is supported by 311 Licensed Consultants and 100 volunteers with professional experience in nonprofit governance and administration. Currently, there are nearly 200 individual nonprofit organizations that have completed a rigorous application and review process to demonstrate adherence to the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. Learn more at www.standardsforexcellence.org.