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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 things.”

But wait! How can we do all that? Where do we even start?

The answer:
Start with the Standards for Excellence free online self-assessment.

Working through this assessment will allow you to carefully walk through a list of nonprofit best practices and determine areas that need some work.

Start your new year off with this important first step towards building capacity, accountability, and sustainability in your nonprofit.

Start your FREE online self-assessment NOW


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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.