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Know Any Nonprofit Experts? Nominate Them For Our Ethics Standards Committee

We are currently seeking a few nonprofit experts to serve as members of our National Ethics Standards Committee. The National Ethics Standards Committee is charged with overseeing the Accreditation and Recognition Program of the Standards for Excellence Institute, a project of Maryland Nonprofits. The Committee’s main roles and responsibilities include: Providing advice and guidance to staff regarding the periodic review and evaluation of the application policies, procedures, and[…]
By Susan Larsen | September 12, 2016 Read More>

NANOE: New Guidelines for Tomorrow’s Nonprofit – A Review

This NANOE review originally appeared on Maryland Nonprofits blog. Read the original post at Nonprofit leaders who haven’t found the time to make their way through the 111-page nonprofit manifesto released by the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) will be forgiven. No worries, I am here for you. I present to you a high-level overview and a short review.There has been some puzzlement and a lot of questions about emails that started[…]
By Melissa Sines | September 07, 2016 Read More>

Back to Basics: Charity Transparency, Trust, and the Board

The following post about charity transparency was written by Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Carmen Marshall and is part of our “Ten Years of Advancing Excellence” blog series, celebrating ten years of the Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant program. Carmen specializes in performance improvement, ideation and execution, communications, marketing, organizational development, training and executive coaching. As a management consultant, Carmen has helped numerous leaders,[…]
By Carmen Marshall | August 17, 2016 Read More>

Sealholder Spotlight: Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana

Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana is a nonprofit organization focused on providing a network of supportive services to disabled individuals and their families. Disabilities include physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities. By connecting families that have similar experiences, Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana provides a channel for first-hand advice, knowledge, and information. Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana has been[…]
By Marion McCool | August 15, 2016 Read More>

Sealholder Spotlight: DuPagePADS

DuPagePads is an organization committed to ending homelessness in DuPage County, Illinois. Founded in 1985, the agency focuses its efforts on creating a change in people's lives that will lead to self-sufficiency by providing interim and permanent housing to individuals and families in addition to supportive services. By providing resources that assist individuals in receiving life coaching as well as employment opportunities, DuPagePads helps to successfully put an end to the cycle of[…]
By Marion McCool | July 27, 2016 Read More>

Ask a Simple Question for Nonprofit Impact

Winning Evaluation Strategies for Smaller Nonprofits  The following post was written by Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Elizabeth Galaida and is part of our “Ten Years of Advancing Excellence” blog series, celebrating ten years of the Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant program. Elizabeth Galaida is a career nonprofit specialist that offers strategic planning assistance and database renovation. Bringing the necessary depth and breadth of skills sets to bear, she specializes[…]
By Elizabeth Galaida | July 26, 2016 Read More>

Reflections on Voluntarism

The thing about voluntarism is that it is addictive, so even as I entered my junior year at university and felt the weight of 400-level political science classes on my shoulders, I really wanted to keep volunteering. Fortunately, Towson University has phenomenal opportunities for students to get involved, including an Alternative Breaks Connections program. It was through this program that I was able to travel to Nassau, New Providence in the Bahamas with 17 other individuals for eight days of[…]
By Kayleigh Harper | June 28, 2016 Read More>

Congratulations to Our Latest Organizations (6/23/16)

The Standards for Excellence Institute would like to congratulate several organizations who recently earned or renewed their accreditation under the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector: Arc of Washington County, Hagerstown, MD The Arc of Maryland, Annapolis, MD Ignatian Volunteer Corps, Baltimore, MD  […]
By Susan Larsen | June 23, 2016 Read More>

CFRE APPROVED: Apply for Licensed Nonprofit Consultant Training

CFRE International has just re-approved the Standards for Excellence Licensed Nonprofit Consultant Training program as a provider of continuing education points towards their Fund Raising Executive certification. Participating in the Licensed Consultant Training will provide 1.5 points in fundraising and 7.5 points in non-fundraising towards your CFRE®.But time is running out to apply for the tenth Standards for Excellence Licensed Nonprofit Consultant Training program.Appy today to join[…]
By Susan Larsen | June 20, 2016 Read More>

IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Governmental Entities Releases 2016 Report

In 2014, it was my honor to accept an appointment to the Internal Revenue Service’s Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (the ACT). ACT members are appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury and advise the IRS on issues impacting tax exempt organizations and government entities. The ACT includes external stakeholders and representatives who deal with employee retirement plans; tax-exempt organizations; tax-exempt bonds; federal, state, local and Indian tribal governments. My[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | June 09, 2016 Read More>
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